Sophomore center Laurie Carter had career highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds yesterday as Virginia's sixth-ranked Cavaliers easily defeated South Carolina, 85-58, in Charlottesville.

After South Carolina took a 6-2 lead, Virginia came back to outscore the Gamecocks by 35-23 the rest of the first half, and the Cavaliers never were threatened after intermission.

Virginia (9-0) also got 18 points from Donna Holt, 16 from Daphne Hawkins and 10 by Trina Thomas.

South Carolina (1-5) was paced by Brantley Southers' 14 points and seven rebounds. Monica Williams scored 13 for the Gamecocks. American 60, Georgetown 46

The Eagles used a 23-2 scoring drive midway through the first half to put away the Hoyas at AU's Cassell Center.

The Eagles (6-2) were led by Beth Shearer, with 18 points and nine rebounds. Georgetown (6-4) was led by Beth Knight's 14 points. Howard 89, Coppin State 46

Darlene Beale had a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Roslyn Bell scored 16 points, in a consolation victory for the Bison (4-6) in the Towson State Invitational. Coppin State is 0-9. Maryland 80, Georgia Tech 65 Deana Tate scored 25 points and Lisa Brown and Carolin Dehn-Duhr had 16 each for the Terrapins (7-2 overall, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Cole Field House. Delores Booth led the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 0-3) with 25 points and 13 rebounds.