Tonya Cardoza scored five of her 10 points in the last 2:08 to rally top-ranked Virginia to a 98-94 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival Georgia Tech last night in Charlottesville.

With its ninth straight victory, Virginia is 20-1 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. Georgia Tech (12-8, 1-8) has lost its last 11 games at University Hall.

"They weren't intimidated by us one bit tonight," said Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan.

"They're the absolute number one team in the country," said Georgia Tech Coach Agnus Berenato.

Georgia Tech, shooting 57 percent for the game, was ahead for much of the second half. It took its last lead at 87-85 when Karen Lounsbury made two foul shots with 4:06 to play.

Virginia went ahead to stay at 89-87 on Dawn Staley's basket at 2:35 -- the 16th lead change. Cardoza followed with an acrobatic reverse layup and then a free throw to push the Cavaliers' lead to five points. GEORGIA TECH (94)

Pierce 10-18 6-8 26, Weiss 5-7 0-0 11, Echols 7-8 2-3 16, Davis 2-6 7-8 11, Lounsbury 4-10 3-3 12, Caldwell 5-8 2-2 13, Kauffman 0-2 0-0 0, Gernatt 0-0 0-0 0, White 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 35-62 21-26 94.

VIRGINIA (98)

Wagener 4-6 0-0 8, Cardoza 3-7 4-5 10, Heather Burge 7-15 0-2 0-2 14, Staley 8-16 5-7 23, Reiss 8-14 3-4 22, Heidi Burge 1-2 6-6 8, Evans 1-4 0-0 2, Ward 3-4 2-4 8, Smith 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 36-70 21-30 98.

Halftime: Virginia, 48-47.

GEORGIA TECH: Three-point goals: 3-6 (Weiss 1-1, Lounsbury 1-4, Caldwell 1-1); Rebounds: 32 (Pierce 9); Assists: 13 (Davis 7); Turnovers: 20 (Davis 6); Steals: 7 (Davis 2).

VIRGINIA: Three-point goals: 5-14 (Cardoza 0-1, Staley 2-6, Reiss 3-6, Evans 0-1); Rebounds: 34 (Ward 7); Assists: 16 (Staley 11); Turnovers: 14 (Heather Burge 3); Steals: 11 (Staley 5).

A: 5,000.

GW 87, Rhode Island 53:

Jennifer Shasky scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the first half as George Washington took a 20-point lead and won an Atlantic 10 game at Smith Center.

The Colonial Women, who have won 12 of their last 13 games, are 16-3, 9-1 in the conference. Rhode Island is 4-15 and 0-10.

Shasky, a sophomore forward, made seven of 11 field shots, including a three-pointer in the first half, to provide a 41-21 halftime lead.

GW, which shot 34 for 60 to Rhode Island's 18 for 54, also got 14 points from Kristin McArdle and from Anne Riley.

Marymount 71, Mary Washington 61:

In Arlington, senior guard Colleen DiClemente scored 18 points to lead the Saints (15-5, 7-0 Capital Athletic Conference) over the Eagles (9-8, 4-2). Mary Washington junior forward Kim Nagy had a game-high 21 points.

Gallaudet 83, Goucher 62:

The Bison (10-9) won the Gallaudet Invitational as sophomore guard and tournament MVP Corina Gutierrez had a game-high 29 points.

Connecticut 81, Georgetown 51:

Laura Lishness had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists as the No. 18 Huskies won easily in Storrs, Conn., ending the Hoyas' three-game winning streak.

Connecticut (17-3, 9-1 Big East) shot 59 percent in the second half while holding Georgetown (9-9, 4-6) to 25 percent, outscoring the Hoyas 42-21.

Kerry Bascom had 19 points and eight rebounds for Connecticut, becoming the fourth player to score 1,000 points in league play.

Kris Witfall and Niki Reid scored 14 points each for Georgetown and Leni Wilson had 13.

East Carolina 58, American 53:

Sandra Grace had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead ECU (9-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) at AU's Bender Arena. Karen Jenkins led American (6-14, 0-7) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals.

Scranton 70, Catholic 60:

Kate Geiger had 13 points and 12 rebounds and led well-balanced Scranton (16-4) to victory in Scranton, Pa. Catholic (5-14) was led by Gretchen Ritter, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Richmond 67, George Mason 48:

Senior forward Ginny Norton had a game-high 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals in the CAA game victory at Patriot Center. Richmond is 15-2, 6-0 in the CAA. George Mason (11-8, 4-3) was led by Monique Hilton's nine points and nine rebounds.

Columbia Union 68, Neumann 35:

Four players scored in double figures, led by Donna Polk's 14 points and Bonita Miller's 13 points, as Columbia Union (8-10) won in Austin, Pa. Neumann fell to 4-17.

Frederick 86, PGCC 76:

Mary Souders scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half, helping erase a 12-point gap in Frederick. Sophomore Yolanda Lee, the leading scorer in the Maryland JuCo League, led Prince George's with 29 points. Frederick is 12-6, 6-4 in the conference. PGCC is 12-7, 12-3.