March 22, 2009
Ariana Moorer led Virginia with 16 points in her first ever NCAA tournament game, as Virginia beat Marist 68-61 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime, but came out strong at the start of the second half. Virginia used a 9-0 run coming out of the locker room to take the lead, and would not look back from there. Monica Wright did not score in the first half, but scored 13 in the second half to help lead the Cavs past the Red Foxes in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Lyndra Littles and Aisha Mohammed also scored in double figures for the Cavaliers, with 13 and 10 respectively.
Moorer got the start in place of Britnee Millner, who was serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. She will be a game-time decision for the second round game.
Virginia will now take on four seed California for the right to advance to the Sweet 16. Tip-off is set for 9:30 from the Galen Center in Los Angeles.