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Virginia Cavaliers Defeat St. Francis in Women's College Basketball

St. Francis guard Britney Hodges and Virginia forward Lyndra Littles battle for the ball during the No. 15 Cavaliers' 82-66 victory, their eighth straight win.
St. Francis guard Britney Hodges and Virginia forward Lyndra Littles battle for the ball during the No. 15 Cavaliers' 82-66 victory, their eighth straight win. (By Andrew Shurtleff -- Associated Press)
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monica Wright scored 22 points and No. 15 Virginia used a big second half to put away Saint Francis (Pa.) last night, 82-66, at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

It was the eighth straight victory for the Cavaliers, who are unbeaten at home this season.

"I felt like the start of the game was a little uninspired," Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan said. "Give Saint Francis a lot of credit. We want to be playing a little better when we head into the Wake Forest game and then on to North Carolina."

After trailing by seven, Virginia (13-2) battled back and tied the score at 35-35 with two free throws by Jayna Hartig with 32 seconds left in the half.

The score remained tied at halftime before Virginia used a 12-2 run over the first three minutes of the second half to put the Red Flash (3-10) away.

Virginia's Aisha Mohammed had her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Earlier, Virginia's Lyndra Littles joined Miami's Shenise Johnson in being named the ACC players of the week. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, will be without reserves Enonge Stovall for the rest of the season because of academic reasons.

· FLORIDA STATE 60, TEXAS A&M 53: Tanae Davis-Cain scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half as the host Seminoles rallied to hand the No. 3 Aggies their first loss. Florida State (12-4) ran off 16 straight to take a 56-50 lead with 3:35 remaining. Tanisha Smith had 17 points for Texas A&M (12-1).

· DUKE 87, TEMPLE 52: Chante Black scored 15 points and Shay Selby added a career-high 14 to lead the No. 5 Blue Devils (12-1) past the visiting Owls (8-5) for their 10th straight victory. Shanae Cotton scored 18 points to lead Temple.


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