Virginia Women's Basketball Slams Clemson, 69-54
Feb. 3, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia captured its fourth consecutive win at home with a 69-54 victory over Clemson Monday night at University Hall.
“I was very pleased to win this game,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “Clemson is a very good defensive team. It was great to be home and to win.”
The Cavaliers improved to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in ACC play, while the Lady Tigers fell to 11-9 overall and 3-6 in the league.
“Virginia is like a cave of dynamite,” Clemson head coach Jim Davis said. “I think they’ll be good down the stretch. They’re dangerous. Look for them to explode in the second half of the season.”
Sophomore Cherrise Graham (Conshohocken, Pa.) paced the Cavs with 22 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Sophomore Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) added 17 points, while junior Anna Crosswhite (Castlecrag, Australia) chipped in 13 second-half points, including three treys. Sophomore LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) dished out a career-high nine assists.
“Graham really hurt us with the dribble penetration,” Davis added. “Teamer’s a handful.”
Senior Chrissy Floyd led the Tigers with 17 points. Freshman Amanda White added 14 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the line.
“We took care of the ball,” Ryan said of her team’s three turnovers in the second half, compared to 13 in the first half of play. “It was just huge. We did a much better job of catching and scoring.”
Overall, UVa out-rebounded Clemson, 35-32.
“We really needed this game to start the second half of the ACC season,” Crosswhite said.
Virginia continues its home stand with a 7:30 p.m. clash with Wake Forest on Thursday, Feb. 6 at University Hall. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) broadcasts each UVa game live with Jed Williams and Myron Ripley calling the action.
1 2 - FinalClemson (11-9, 3-6) 26 28 - 54Virginia (9-11, 3-6) 23 46 - 69