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Feb. 22, 2007

Box Score

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia Cavaliers dropped a 73-49 decision at Georgia Tech on Thursday evening at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Virginia fell to 15-13 overall and 4-9 in ACC play, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 18-10 overall and 9-5 in the league.

Virginia scored the first two buckets. Georgia Tech then went on a 9-0 run to take over the lead. The Jackets continued their scoring run, leading by as many as nine points three times in the half. UVa battled back with an 11-0 run, including back-to-back three pointers and a lay-up by junior Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.). The Yellow Jackets held a four-point lead at halftime, 32-28.

In the second half, Georgia Tech stormed out of the locker room with a 13-4 run to go ahead by double digits. The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to as many as 27 points, 69-42, before claiming the 24-point win.

“We were pathetic,” Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan said of her team’s second-half performance. “We didn’t compete. I was extremely disappointed. We didn’t play with any energy,”

Freshmen Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) and Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led UVa with 12 points each. Zoll finished with 10 first-half points.

“We felt like we played one of the worst halves all year,” Zoll said. “This game is over. You can’t change it. We have to learn from it and move on.”

Stephanie Higgs paced GT with 25 points. Chioma Nnamaka followed with 19 points, while Janie Mitchell added a double-double of 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Overall, Tech out-rebounded UVa, 37-29. Virginia shot 57 percent (12-21) in the first half and a dismal 23.8 percent (5-21) in the second half. The Cavaliers committed 29 turnovers while forcing 19.

Virginia finishes the regular-season at Clemson on Sunday, Feb. 25 in a 2 p.m. game.


                    	1	2	-	FinalVirginia (15-12, 4-8)	28	21	-	49Georgia Tech (17-10, 8-5)32	41	-	73
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