VIRGINIA UPSETS #22 OLD DOMINION, 63-55
Nov. 22, 2002
NORFOLK, Va – Virginia women’s basketball opened the 2003 season with a 63-55 upset at No. 22 Old Dominion on Friday.
In the first half the game was neck and neck, with neither team leading more that 5 points. The Lady Monarchs led at intermission 26-24.
“There were a lot of turnovers by two young teams. It was a pretty ugly game all-around, but I was happy we were able to scrap it out,” said UVa head Coach Debbie Ryan.
In the second half Old Dominion went up by eight points, the largest lead of the game, with 6:55 on the clock. With 3:47 to go, UVa took the lead on a Cherise Graham (Conshohocken, Pa.) basket and never looked back. Graham scored 7 points in the final two minutes. Virginia won by eight, 63-55.
“That was a Cherise Graham everyone has been waiting to see,” Ryan said.
The game marked the opening of the Lady Monarchs’ new Ted Constant Convocation Center in front of 7,316 fans. Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) came off the bench for a game-high 18 points. Anna Crosswhite (Castlecrag, Australia) added 13 points, while Graham had 11 second-half points in her collegiate debut.
The Cavaliers shot forty percent from the field, including sixty-two percent in the second half.
Okeisha Howard led ODU with 17 points.
“Once we got the lead we scored every time down the court and held them.” said Ryan.
Virginia’s home opener is Sunday, Nov. 24 against St. Joseph’s at 2 p.m. in University Hall. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast each UVa game live with Jed Williams and Myron Ripley calling the action.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1 2 - FinalVirginia (1-0) 24 39 - 63#22 Old Dominion (0-1) 26 29 - 55