MIAMI, DEC. 30 -- Virginia, ranked sixth in the nation, held off eighth-ranked Rutgers, 80-73, today to take third place in the Orange Bowl Classic basketball tournament.
In the championship game, Jolette Law and Michelle Edwards scored 17 points each as fifth-ranked Iowa upset top-ranked Texas, 75-65, breaking the Lady Longhorns' streak of 43 straight wins on the road.
In an earlier game, No. 2 Auburn (10-1) shut down No. 16 Maryland (7-2), 76-57, for fourth place as the Terrapins' leading scorer for the season, Vicky Bullett, was limited to two points and seven rebounds. The loss left Maryland in sixth place in the eight-team tournament.
The Cavaliers (8-1) had a 64-47 lead, the biggest of the game, with 13:21 remaining, but the Knights (5-2) went on an 18-4 run to cut the deficit to three points with 4:27 left. Virginia then closed out the game behind a strong performance by Donna Holt, who scored six of her 16 points on free throws in the closing minutes.
Rutgers' Sue Wicks scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, both game highs. She was 10 for 10 on free throws. However, she was relatively ineffective in the Knights' inside game.
Rutgers had a higher shooting percentage than Virginia -- 50 percent to 42.9. However, the Cavaliers sank seven three-pointers, breaking the team record of three.
The key for Auburn against Maryland was forward Sharon Stewart, who was effective in keeping Bullett away from the basket. Stewart scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds, both game highs.
Drexel 81, Navy 48:
Barbara Yost scored 17 points as five Dragons (3-5) reached double figures in the victory over Navy (5-3) at Drexel. Connie James led Navy with 17 points and eight rebounds and Patty Lipoma had 15 points, including four three-pointers.
George Mason 81, Nicholls State 68:
Forward Cindy Baruch scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Patriots (6-1) in the first round of the University of Central Florida Holiday Classic in Lakeland.
Baruch, who graduated from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, just became eligible after transfering from George Washington.
George Washington 69, Colorado State 54:
Gloria Murphy (17 points) was one of three Colonial players in double figures as George Washington (6-4) won in Fort Collins, Colo.
Georgetown 87, Loyola 35:
The Hoyas (3-6) broke a four-game losing streak at McDonough Arena. Georgetown's Julie Mikuta scored 15.