CHARLOTTESVILLE, JAN. 16 -- Lest anyone believe its 16-steal effort against Maryland Tuesday was its best pressure defense, the University of Virginia women's basketball team turned it up a notch today. Or maybe N.C. State turned it down a notch. Whatever, the Wolfpack turned it over early and often as the Cavaliers put an 87-59 victory in University Hall away quickly.
The issue was all but settled 12 minutes into the game, by which time the seventh-ranked Cavaliers (13-1, 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) had scored 25 consecutive points for a 27-3 lead. Virginia forced the Wolfpack (6-8, 1-4) into 18 first-half turnovers, including 15 steals, and held them scoreless for more than 11 minutes.
All-America point guard Donna Holt led the onslaught with 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half, to go with four assists and six steals in 29 minutes. Reserves Kirsten Anderson and Kathy McConnell added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
While Virginia was pulling away, the Wolfpack failed to score on 20 straight possessions. After taking a 3-2 lead on Sandee Smith's short baseline jumper, N.C. State missed seven shots from the field and a one-and-one free throw, committed 12 turnovers and fell behind by 24 before the intermission.
George Washington 80, Penn State 78:
Kas Allen (16 points) scored off an offensive rebound at the overtime buzzer to give the Colonials (12-4, 6-1 in Atlantic 10) a win over the host Nittany Lions (8-5, 2-3).
UDC 90, New York Tech 62:
UDC rebounded from a three-point halftime deficit to rout visiting New York Tech.
UDC was paced by Malissa Stephenson, who scored 16 of her game high 28 points in the second half. The Firebirds (10-2) placed four players in double figures. New York Tech (6-8) was led by Jackie Farnan's 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Eastern Connecticut St. 77, Gallaudet 41:
Emily Arico scored 22 points and had six rebounds as the Warriors won their first-ever meeting with Gallaudet.
Eastern Connecticut St. (7-4) led, 41-18, at halftime.
Navy 68, Lock Haven 62:
Connie James had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead Navy (8-2) to victory over host Lock Haven (6-7).
Richmond 53, George Mason 49:
Laurie Govenor scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the host Spiders (8-3, 2-0) over the Patriots (10-3, 2-1) in a CAA game.
Marymount 72, Salisbury State 62:
Marlene Grimes scored 24 points to lead the host Saints (10-3). Senior Debbie Clise became the all-time leading scorer in Saints' history, scoring 12 points for the game, giving her 1,120 for her career.
American 73, UNC-Wilmington 71:
Beth Shearer had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Shauna Walden had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead American (5-9, 2-1) to a Colonial Athletic Association win over UNC-Wilmington (8-4, 0-3) at AU's Cassell Center.
Howard 78, Morgan State 59:
Senior forward Artene Hector scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Howard (9-8, 3-1) to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Morgan State (1-11, 1-2) at the Coppin Center in Baltimore. Center Darlene Beale added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Bison.
Georgetown 69, Pittsburgh 64:
Jill Cook hit two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to lead the Hoyas (5-9, 2-3) to a Big East victory over visiting Pittsburgh (6-8, 0-5).
Catholic 69, Dickinson 48:
Donna Pinto scored a game high 25 points to lead the Cardinals ( 7-1) past the visiting Red Devils (4-4).
Johnson C. Smith 83, Bowie State 62:
Angela Hamilton had a game-high 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead host Johnson C. Smith to a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association win over Bowie State (4-8, 4-7).