CHARLOTTESVILLE Senior point guard Sharne Zoll became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time assist leader, breaking a 16-year-old record held by former Cavalier Dawn Staley, and Virginia defeated Clemson, 83-71, Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
Zoll finished the game with seven assists and 731 for her career. The previous ACC record, 729, was set by Staley from 1989-1992. The Philadelphia, Pa., native chipped in eight points, four steals and a career-high nine rebounds to cap off her history-making night.
Aisha Mohammed, meanwhile, scored a career-high 26 points and Monica Wright and Lyndra Littles each netted 19.
Mohammed led the Cavaliers (20-7, 8-3) to a 39-30 halftime lead over the Tigers with 17 first-half points. Zoll dished out three assists in the first stanza, as UVa out-shot and out-rebounded Clemson.
In the second half, the Cavaliers used a balanced attack to extend their lead in the early minutes. Zoll’s record-breaking helper came on a high-flying alley oop pass to Wright, who finished the layup to set the record.
Clemson (10-16, 3-8 ACC) battled to within six points, 71-65, with 4:27 left in the second half, but Virginia rallied and converted free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.
Up next for the Cavaliers is a road game at Duke on Sunday. Tip-off from Cameron Indoor Stadium is 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.