Heather Burge scored 17 points to lead five Cavaliers in double figures as No. 1 Virginia easily defeated Michigan State, 91-74, in a semifinal game of the Holiday Classic last night in Coral Gables, Fla.
Michigan State (7-2) built a 13-6 lead in the second-round game at the University of Miami's Knight Sports Complex. The Michigan State lead was keyed by nine points from Cherie Swarthout.
Trailing by 21-20, Virginia (10-0) went on a 17-0 run led by six points from Burge and four by her twin, Heidi Burge.
Virginia led at halftime, 44-28.
Tami Reiss and Tonya Cardoza each had 14 points for Virginia. Tekisha Ward scored 13 points and Dawn Staley had 11 in the win.
Eileen Shea scored 20 points to lead Michigan State while Swarthout had 19.
Virginia will meet Kansas (8-2) in the championship game tonight at 7:30. Miami will play Michigan State in the consolation game.
Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan said her team started slowly.
"We were doing some things that were not good in terms of fundamentals," she said. "After we settled them down, we put them away like I thought we would."
Georgetown 82, Drexel 79: Kris Witfill had a game-high 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to help the Hoyas extend their winning streak to four over visiting Drexel.
Peggi Jewell had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Leni Wilson added 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for Georgetown, which improved to 5-3. The Lady Dragons are 4-6.
Drexel led at halftime, 40-38, but couldn't contain Georgetown in the second half as the Hoyas made 19 of 32 shots from the field. Georgetown shot 50 percent for the game.
The Hoyas held the Lady Dragons to 42 percent from the field.
George Mason 75, Morehead State 68: Freshman Monique Hilton scored a career-high 16 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds to lead George Mason in the first round of the Virginia Tech Diamond Club Classic in Blacksburg, Va.
Senior Earlisha Dill contributed a career-high 14 points and led both teams with seven steals.
George Mason plays Virginia Tech, a 92-61 winner over Towson State, in today's 4 p.m. final at Cassell Coliseum.
South Carolina 83, Auburn 76: Karen Middleton made five of her seven three-pointers in the first half as South Carolina upset No. 3 Auburn in Columbia, S.C.
Auburn (8-2) led 40-39 at halftime on 64 percent shooting. The Lady Tigers stretched the lead to 50-45 in the second half before South Carolina (4-3) went on a 12-2 run to take a five-point lead with 12 minutes left.
Auburn tied the game at 71 with 2:04 remaining before South Carolina went on another 12-2 burst. The Gamecocks led by 10 points with 23 seconds left before Chantal Tremitiere was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free throws.