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Dec. 16, 2006

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s basketball eclipsed the century mark in its fifth straight win with a 100-60 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday night at the John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers improved to 8-2 on the season, while the Vikings fell to 2-10 overall.

Virginia got off to a slow start following its 11-day break for final exams. CSU jumped out to a five-point lead, 14-9, before UVa went on a 6-2 run to take the lead for the first time, 18-16, on a trey by senior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.). After Virginia went ahead by six, 26-20, the Vikings battled back to re-take the lead by four, 32-28. Virginia closed out the stanza with a 13-4 run to hold a 41-36 edge at intermission.

In the second half, UVa held Cleveland State to just 24 points while building its upon double-digit lead. The Cavaliers utilized their entire bench in the victory.

McGuire paced the ‘Hoos with a career-tying 22 points, including a career-best six three-point buckets. Junior Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) followed with 17 points. Sophomore Abby Robertson (Springfield, Va.) came off the bench for a career-high 15 points. Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) rounded out the double-digit scoring with 12 points. Junior captain Tara McKnight (Bluffton, S.C.), a fan favorite, played the game’s final five minutes, heaving three consecutive three-point baskets, scoring the 100th point. McKnight finished with a career-best nine points.

As a team, Virginia re-wrote the school record for treys made in a game with 13. The previous record was 11 treys, accomplished on seven occasions. Virginia also improved its record to a perfect 31-0 in games where it scores 100 points or more. The last time UVa scored 100-plus points came in a 116-63 win over St. Francis on Nov. 27, 2000.

Dominique Butler paced CSU with 14 points. Nicole Thomas added a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Overall, Virginia out-rebounded Cleveland State, 41-37. The Cavalier shot 50 percent (33-66) from the field, while the Vikings shot 34 percent (21-62). The ‘Hoos went to the charity stripe 26 times, competing 81 percent (21-26), while CSU was 13-of-18. UVa forced 24 turnovers while committing just 14.

Virginia hosts No. 6/6 Connecticut (6-0) on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. ESPNU will televise the game live nationally.


			1	2	-	FinalCleveland State (2-10)	36	24	-	60Virginia (8-2)		41	59 	-	100
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