RALEIGH, N.C., JAN. 12 -- Tonya Cardoza intercepted a pass and drove for the game-winning basket with 2.5 seconds left in the third overtime today, giving the second-ranked Virginia women a 123-120 victory over third-ranked North Carolina State.

Cardoza, who scored 30 points, picked off a pass from Danyel Parker along the right sideline at the Wolfpack's end of the floor, dribbled the length of the court and scored over Parker. The Wolfpack called a timeout that it didn't have and was whistled for a technical foul. Dana Evans hit the first of two shots to seal the victory.

The game broke the NCAA record for total points in a game. The previous mark of 232 was set by Hardin-Simmons (121) and Texas Christian (111) in 1981 and tied by Providence (118) and Holy Cross (114) in 1988.

N.C. State's 120 points were the most ever scored by a losing team, topping the 111 by Texas Christian and tied in 1983 by Missouri.

The game was the longest ever in Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball, and the second triple overtime for N.C. State in its women's basketball history. Also, the crowd of 11,200 set an ACC record, beating the 11,174 that watched the Cavaliers play North Carolina in Charlottesville in 1986.

N.C. State's Rhonda Mapp sank a three-point basket with 10 seconds left in the second overtime to tie the game at 108. Virginia missed the game-winning shot to go into the third overtime.

Mapp hit four free throws and Parker had two to give N.C. State (12-2, 2-2) a 114-111 lead with 3:49 remaining. Tammi Reiss countered with a jumper just inside the three-point line to get the Cavaliers (14-1, 3-0) back to within one point with 3:36 to play.

Sharon Manning got a layup to push the N.C. State lead back to three, only to see Virginia rally with successive baskets by Audra Smith and Evans and take the lead.

Dawn Staley recorded the league's first-ever triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Cavaliers.

Rutgers 84, Penn State 70: Vicky Picott scored 25 points and ignited a 14-4 spurt that carried 10th-ranked Rutgers to an 84-70 victory over No. 1 Penn State in a battle of unbeaten teams in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers (12-0 overall, 5-0 Atlantic 10) never trailed in the second half as it shot 57 percent from the field. But the Knights could not shake off Penn State (11-1, 3-1) until the final minutes.

Tanya Hansen had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Rutgers, while Lynn Ust and Latonya Johnson each scored 14 and Carolina DeRoose had 11.

Susan Robinson led the Lions with 25 points.