MIAMI, DEC. 29 -- Franthea Price had 21 points and 14 rebounds tonight and fifth-ranked Iowa handed sixth-ranked Virginia its first defeat of the season, 75-59, in the semifinals of the Orange Bowl Classic at the James L. Knight Center.
In tonight's other semifinal, No. 1 Texas defeated eighth-ranked Rutgers, 86-75.
In the tournament's consolation games, 16th-ranked Maryland defeated 20th-ranked Illinois, 85-65 and second-ranked Auburn routed Miami, 96-48.
Iowa (8-0) led from start to finish, taking a 38-28 lead at the half. Virginia (7-1) put together several second-half, but lost momentum after Laurie Carter and Dawn Bryant fouled out.
The Cavaliers were led by Tanya Cordoza's 18 points and six rebounds.
Virginia hurt itself in early in the game by attempting many low percentage shots.
"We were making poor decisions," said Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan, who got her 200th victory on Monday against Miami. "We were putting up shots we shouldn't have. We got enough shots but we couldn't make them."
Virginia shot only 31.7 percent from the field, compared to Iowa's 47.5 percent. The Cavaliers shot 40.7 percent in the first half.
Two of the Hawkeyes' top players, center Shanda Berry and guard Michelle Edwards, got into foul trouble midway through the first half with three each. That left Price the burden of carrying Iowa. And she responded.
The Hawkeyes will play Texas in Wednesday night's final, which begins at 8. Virginia meets Rutgers for third place, starting at 5. Maryland and Auburn will play for fifth place in a 2:30 game that will preceeded by a seventh-place game between Illinois and Miami.
Today for the Terrapins (7-1), Vicky Bullett scored 32 points and had 11 rebounds in Maryland's come-from-behind victory over Illinois (5-3). Bullett scored 22 of her points in the second half.
The Fighting Illini controlled the boards, 20-13, in the first half and held a 29-27 halftime lead. But the Terrapins enjoyed a 30-5 rebounding edge in the second half and ran away with the game.
"We changed our defense and played more of a zone, putting on more pressure," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller.
Angie McClellan led Illinois with 18 points.
In Auburn's win, Vickie Orr led the way with 20 points and five rebounds and the Tigers (9-1) capitalized on a full-court press and 28 percent field goal shooting by Miami (5-3).
The Tigers took a commanding early lead. The Hurricanes battled to within 15 points with 4:38 left before Auburn stretched its lead to 47-24 at the half.
Texas held Rutgers' high-scoring senior forward Sue Wicks to 16 points while Yulonda Wimbish (18 points) Beverly Williams (17 points) were leading five Longhorns, including two off of the bench, in double-figure scoring.
Michelle Lender scored 18 points for the Scarlet Knights, who also got 17 from Vicky Picott.
Texas (9-0) took a 44-36 lead at the half, but Rutgers (5-1) closed the gap and grabbed the lead 49-47 at the 16:18 mark. Lyssa McBride's 13-foot jumper with 8:20 remaining gave Texas the lead at 65-63 for good.