Virginia had only nine players in uniform, but five of them scored in double figures as the third-ranked Cavaliers beat Maryland, 80-75, in an Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball game yesterday at Cole Field House.
In winning, Virginia demonstrated the kind of scoring depth and balance that probably will keep it among the nation's top teams -- even during flu season. The Cavaliers (21-1, 9-1 in the ACC) jumped to an eight-point lead at the start of the second half, built it to 15 midway through the half and Donna Holt made two one-and-ones in the final 18 seconds to clinch the victory.
Holt, a 5-foot-5 guard, finished with 25 points (15 for 16 from the line). Liza Lank, Trina Thomas, Nancy Mayer and Dawn Bryant each finished with 10 points. Their scoring helped considerably since the Cavaliers were without the 17.1 points Daphne Hawkins, out with a sprained knee, has been averaging.
" The balance and depth are a good sign," said Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan. "It came from being patient -- pounding the ball inside. We have some people who can score."
So does Maryland. The Terrapins (11-11, 4-7) got impressive performances from freshmen Deana Tate and Vicky Bullett. Bullett, a 6-3 forward, had game highs of 27 points and nine rebounds. Tate, a 5-8 guard, had 26 points.
It wasn't a lack of offense that did in the Terrapins, according to Coach Chris Weller. "We kind of backed off," she said. "We showed a lack of confidence for about five minutes."
The five minutes came early in the second half.
In the first half, Virginia took a 6-0 lead, but after Weller called a timeout the Terrapins got right back into it. They tied it at six with 16:08 remaining when Tate hit a 15-foot jumper.
The lead changed 15 times and when Tate made a running 18-footer as the halftime buzzer sounded it was tied at 36.
As they had at the start of the game, the Cavaliers shut out Maryland in the opening minutes of the second half. Lank converted an offensive rebound and Thomas had two consecutive baskets, each off a Maryland turnover. When Holt hit two free throws, Virginia led by 44-36.
Weller called time with 17:36 left, but the damage was done.
Holt scored seven points and Mayer six as Virginia outscored Maryland, 15-8, over the next 6:58. The spurt put the Cavaliers ahead, 59-44, with 10:26 left.
"Holt came out in the second half and just tore up," Ryan said.
With 2:35 left, Maryland closed to 69-64 when Bullett made two foul shots. The Terrapins regained possession and had a chance to cut it to three but a walking violation was called.
"I hope the last 10 minutes of this game helps us," Weller said.
Bullett completed a one-and-one with 19 seconds left to bring Maryland within 76-73, but Holt's free-throw shooting put the game away. Catholic 75, Dickinson 45
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Senior guard Becky Oglevee scored 26 points to lead Duquesne (5-11, 2-8 in the Atlantic 10) over the Colonials (11-9, 3-7) at Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Substitute Kerry Winter led GW with 18 points. Marymount 76, Mary Baldwin 55
Sophomore guard Debbie Clise scored 15 points and had five steals as the Blue Angels (11-9) won at home. Mary Baldwin, led by Christy Shelton's 20 points, fell to 2-11. Maryland-Baltimore County 64, Navy 55
Tammy McCarthy scored 28 points and had 15 rebounds -- both game highs -- as the Retrievers improved to 16-6 at UMBC Field House. Shelley Laurilla led the Midshipmen (9-11) with 12 points. Gallaudet 68, Johns Hopkins 62
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