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Jan. 19, 2003

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Charlottesville, Va. – After starting the ACC slate at 0-4, Virginia has bounced back and claimed its second consecutive victory with a 69-58 win over Maryland on Sunday at University Hall.

The Cavaliers improved to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the ACC, while Maryland fell to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the league.

“Obviously we’re on a winning streak,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “We feel good, but we have a long way to go.”

In the first half, Maryland went ahead by as many as 10 points, 25-15 with 6:50 on the clock. The Cavaliers played catch-up and tied the game at 34-34 at halftime.

In the second half, Virginia took over the lead for good at 8:56 on a three-point play by sophomore Cherrise Graham (Conshohocken, Pa.). UVa built is lead up to nine, 62-53 with 3:52 on the clock, before winning by 11 points.

Graham finished with a career-high 25 points, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Coupled with her last seven makes against Georgia Tech on Thursday, Graham currently holds the school record with 18 consecutive made free throws.

“In practice I’ve tried to shoot perfectly,” Graham said of her strategy to make free throws. “I guess it’s working.”

Sophomore Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) added 13 points off the bench, while fellow sophomore LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) notched her first double-double of the season (second of her career) with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Junior Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.) added 10 points.

LaTonya Blue brings us a presence on the court,” Ryan added. “She is an exceptional defensive player. I was pleased with her maturity.”

Senior Renneika Razor paced the Terps with 16 points. On her final bucket with 1:32 to go, Razor scored the 1,000th point of her career. She is the 20th player in Maryland history to eclipse the milestone and now has 1,001 points in her career. Sophomore Anesia Smith added 12 points, while junior Delvona Oliver added eight points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

“Obviously I thought it was a game of runs,” said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese. “(The Virginia players) did a nice job of keeping their composure. Graham did a great job. Virginia has many weapons and so much depth. They can use a lot of combonations.”

Overall, UVa out-rebounded Maryland, 48-44.

“We’re a good defensive team,” Ryan said. “We can win games if we play defense.”

Virginia travels to Florida State on Thursday, Jan. 23 for a 7 p.m. contest. The next home game is Sunday, Jan. 26 against Georgetown at 2 p.m. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) broadcasts each UVa game live with Jed Williams and Myron Ripley calling the action.

1 2 - FinalMaryland (8-9, 2-4) 34 24 - 58Virginia (7-9, 2-4) 34 35 - 69
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