VIRGINIA OUTLASTS WAKE FOREST, 61-58
Feb. 14, 2002
University of Virginia Women’s Basketball team went into overtime to pull out a 61-55 win at Wake Forest on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers improved to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in ACC play while the Demon Deacons fell to 10-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
“I knew this was a very dangerous game for us,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “At half time I knew we wouldn’t win if we didn’t turn up the intensity.”
In the first half the teams traded baskets until Wake Forest went ahead by seven at intermission, 30-23. In the second half Virginia came back to take its first lead 41-40 with 9:16 to go. The squads traded baskets until a 51-51 tie at the end of regulation. In overtime freshman Brandi Teamer (Joliet, IL) scored the first 6 points to give the Cavaliers the victory.
“I was proud of the way we came back,” added Ryan. “My only job at half time was to challenge them. This was a very important game and they needed to know that.”
Teamer paced the squad with her twelfth career double-double of 17 points and 10 second-half rebounds. Senior Telisha Quarles (Louisa, VA) added 15 points including a perfect 6-6 from the line. Sophomore Safiya Grant (Bronx, NY) added a career-high 9 points.
“I crashed the boards a lot harder in the second half,” said Teamer.
“Karen Jaeger just played great defense and made everyone else play better defense. She lit a fire,” said Ryan.
Tonia Brown and Eafton Hill each added 11 points for Wake Forest.
Virginia returns home on Sunday, February 17 for a 1 p.m. game with Maryland on Fox Sports Net South. Head Coach Debbie Ryan will be honored for her 25 seasons in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m.
NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
1 2 Ot - FinalVirginia (14-10, 7-6) 23 28 10 - 61Wake Forest (10-14, 4-10) 30 21 4 - 55