Virginia Tops Team Concept In Exhibition, 74-47
CHARLOTTESVILLE Aisha Mohammed had a double-double and Monica Wright scored a game-high 19 points to lead Virginia women’s basketball past Team Concept, 74-47, in a Monday night exhibition at John Paul Jones Arena.
Mohammed, making her Cavalier debut after sitting out 2006-07 with a knee injury, filled the stat sheet, hauling down 14 rebounds while adding 18 points, three steals and a block. Wright, meanwhile, connected on four 3-pointers en route to her 19-point performance and also contributed six rebounds and four steals.
The teams traded baskets early in the first half, and at the 10:45 mark the score was tied, 18-18. From there, Virginia found its offensive rhythm and capped off a 12-2 run when Enong Stovall had a steal at the top of the key and finished the fast break layup to put the Cavaliers up, 30-20. For Stovall, it was one of six steals on the night.
Virginia extended its lead to 12 points at halftime, as the Cavaliers led 37-25 at the break.
In the second half, the Cavaliers continued their dominance on both ends of the floor and led by as many as 32 points down the stretch. UVa outrebounded Team Concept, 49-36, and four Cavaliers (Mohammed, Stovall, Wright and Kelly Hartig) had at least six rebounds.
Hartig, the lone first-year on head coach Debbie Ryan’s squad, was solid in the post. She netted six points in addition to her six rebounds.
Senior point guard Sharne Zoll dished out 10 assists and added seven points in an all-around effort.
Two former UVa players, Telisha Quarles and Jocelyn Logan-Friend, led Team Concept. Quarles finished with a team-high 17 points, while Logan-Friend added six points and six rebounds.
Prior to the exhibition, Ryan announced that junior forward Lyndra Littles and junior guard Britnee Millner would miss the exhibition and at least one regular-season game due to a violation of team rules.
Virginia begins the 2007-08 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 10 against Longwood. Tip-off from John Paul Jones Arena is 7 p.m.