Zoll, Littles Lift Virginia Over Marshall, 67-35
Dec. 20, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore point guard Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) and freshman forward Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) each tallied a double-double to help lift Virginia over Marshall, 67-35, on Tuesday night at University Hall.
The duo is the first pair to net double-doubles in the same game since March of 2003. The double-double is the first in Zoll’s career and the second for Littles this season.
With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 7-1 overall, while Marshall fell to 5-4.
In the first half, Virginia jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Cavaliers went ahead by 13 points, 17-4, before the Thundering Herd had a 13-4 run of its own to come within four, 21-17. Despite shooting just 27 percent to MU’s 43 percent in the first half, UVa held a seven-point edge at halftime, 26-19.
“We were getting good shots,” said head coach Debbie Ryan of her team’s performance in the first half. “We needed to attack more.”
In the second half, Virginia stormed out of the locker room for a 16-2 run to go ahead by 21 points, 42-21. The `Hoos continued to build upon their double-digit lead while holding the Herd to just 16 points in the second half.
“Sharneé penetrated, and feeding the posts really helped,” Ryan said.
For the fourth time this season, four Cavaliers netted double-figure scoring. Junior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) paced the squad with a season-high 18 points. Littles finished with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Zoll added 11 points and a career-high 13 assists, just one assist shy of the school record. Senior Tiffany Sardin (Chicago, Ill.) had 10 points.
“I was fortunate to get in the open court, and (my teammates) were finishing,” Zoll said of her assists.
Modupe Ishola, Reshundra Smiley, and Mary Pat Statler led Marshall with eight points each.
Overall, Virginia out-rebounded Marshall, 44-29. UVa forced 22 turnovers while committing just seven.
“We rebounded the heck out of the ball tonight,” Ryan said. “We’re very athletic. We’re lean, and we’re quick. We just get after it. Rebounding is an art, and we’re just good at it.”
Virginia takes an eight-day break for the holidays before hosting its own Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28-29. Boston University and Holy Cross begin action at 4:30 p.m. with Virginia hosting Yale at 7 p.m. All games will be played at University Hall.
1 2 - FinalMarshall (5-4) 19 16 - 35Virginia (7-1) 26 41 - 67