#19/20 North Carolina Sweeps Virginia, 78-68
Feb. 21, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team snapped its three-game win streak with a 78-68 decision to No. 19/20 North Carolina in the home finale on Thursday evening at University Hall.
The Cavaliers fell to 15-11 overall and 8-7 in ACC, while the Tar Heels improved to 22-6 overall and 11-4 in the Conference.
In the first half, Virginia held the lead until the 10:50 mark. The Tar Heels went on a 17-2 run to go up by 15 points, 28-13 with 6:59 to go in the half. UNC held a 12-point advantage at the break, 33-21.
In the second stanza, the Cavaliers clawed back to within six points twice but just couldn’t get over the hump.
“We don’t match up on the perimeter with them,” Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan said. “I felt we were o.k., but we missed free throws. I don’t think our offense flowed very well. We have to play a little bit smarter.”
Freshman Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) paced the Cavs with her 13th career double-double of 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, all from the defensive end. Sophomore Anna Crosswhite (Castlecrag, Australia) contributed 13 points. Senior Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) added 11 points.
Coretta Brown led UNC with 22 points, while Nikki Teasley added 15 points, including 10-12 from the line. Jennifer Thomas had a season-high 13 points. The Tar Heels set the school record for treys in a season with 192.
The three seniors- Quarles, as well as walk-ons forward Kathy Allen (Green Lane, Pa.) and guard Karen Jaeger (Midlothian, Va.)- started their last home game.
“Telisha brought an awful lot to our program on both ends of the court,” Ryan added. “This year she brought more leadership and became a more complete player. We’re going to miss her.”
“I’ve enjoyed the fan support here,” Quarles said.
North Carolina out-rebounded Virginia, 44-41. UNC went 29-45 from the line, while UVa was 20-31.
“Both teams were up and down,” said UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell. “Debbie Ryan’s done an outstanding job with this team.”
Virginia closes out its regular season on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Florida State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Leon Co. Civic Center. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio will broadcast the game live.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1 2 - FinalNorth Carolina (22-6,11-4) 33 45 - 78Virginia (15-11, 8-7) 21 47 - 68
Other ACC scores from tonight:
Clemson 68, Georgia Tech 65
Duke 88, Florida State 55