January 30, 2009
The Cavalier women's basketball team entered Friday's match up with Maryland having loss its last six meetings with the Terrapins, but second half heroics and solid defense made sure that it would not become seven. Virginia managed a second half run and upset the eighth ranked Terps, 89-81.
Maryland broke a 25-25 tie with a 9-0 run at the end of the first half, and went into the locker room up 39-31 at the half. Kristi Toliver hit a long two pointer early in the second to widen the lead to 13 points, but the Cavaliers responded. Virginia went on a 23-8 run at that point to give them the 56-54 lead, and after Toliver hit a three pointer to put the Terps in front, the Cavs responded and took the lead for good. Debbie Ryan's club hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the eight point win.
Lyndra Littles led the Cavaliers with a game high 30 points, while Monica Wright added 28. Aisha Mohammed chipped in a big double double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
It marks the second time this season that Virginia has beaten a team ranked in the top ten. Back in November, the Cavaliers topped then-sixth ranked Tennessee in Knoxville. Virginia improves to 17-4, 4-2 in the ACC, while Maryland falls to 4-2 in the conference.
Tonight's win also marked a positive end to a long day for Coach Ryan, who began the day by traveling to Cary, North Carolina, for the funeral of former NC State coach Kay Yow.
Next up for the Cavaliers is a Sunday contest with Longwood. The game will close out Virginia's non-conference schedule and tip off at 2:00pm at John Paul Jones Arena. Click on the above video link to view highlights from tonight's game, and to hear reaction from Debbie Ryan and Lyndra Littles.
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