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Dec. 5, 2006

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers picked up a 75-58 win at Marshall on Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center, keeping the Thundering Herd from winning its 500th game in school history .

With the win, Virginia improved to 7-2 overall, while the Thundering Herd fell to 6-3 on the season.

“It was a great game to play,” UVa head coach Debbie Ryan said. “Marshall played very physical inside. We knew this is a hard place to play.”

In the first half, Virginia jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Marshall made its first bucket. The Cavaliers went ahead by as many as 16 points, 39-23, paced by two three-pointers from senior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.). The Herd scored the last six points of the half. UVa, which shot 50 percent from the floor in the stanza, held an eight-point lead at the break, 39-31.

In the second half, McGuire and Zoll continued to knock down threes, finishing with eight between them. Marshall came back with in six points twice before the `Hoos finished the game with a 15-7 run.

“We were hitting incredibly big shots at the end of the game,” Ryan said.

Zoll paced Virginia with 19 points, including a career-high five treys. Freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) followed with 18 points, while sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) netted her sixth double-double of the season (11th in her career) with 17 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. McGuire rounded out the balanced scoring with 13 points.

“We were ready to play,” Zoll said. “But we didn’t have any energy. I just wanted to get a stop and put the game away.”

Modupe Ishola led MU with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kendra King added 11 points.

“It’s great to play an aggressive opponent,” Littles said. “It makes us better in the long run.”Overall, Virginia out-rebounded MU, 42-31.

Virginia will take an 11-day break for final exams. The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena when they host Cleveland State.


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