February 24, 2009
The Cavalier women's basketball team avenged an earlier season loss, and topped the ACC's first place team in the process. Virginia knocked off eleventh ranked Florida State on Tuesday night, 68-63, improving its conference record to 8-5.
The Seminoles jumped out of the gate strong and went on an 8-0 run that concluded with 4:05 remaining in the first half. They held onto the lead and went into halftime with a 36-27 advantage.
The Cavaliers had an answer and chipped away at the lead. Virginia pulled to within two, before another FSU run put them behind by seven points with 12:19 remaining. The Cavaliers fought back and took the lead for the first time with just under four minutes to go, 57-56. Monica Wright hit a jumper to give Virginia the 63-60 lead with 45 seconds remaining, and the Cavs hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Lyndra Littles had 24 points for Virginia, while Monica Wright added 17. Wright's 17 points gives her the new Virginia record for points scored in a single season with 615. She tops the 16 year old record of 612. Aisha Mohammed added a double-double of 15 points and eleven rebounds.
Virginia concludes its regular season on Sunday with a match up at Georgia Tech.