CHARLOTTESVILLE, FEB. 14 -- The No. 1 Virginia women's basketball team won its 12th consecutive game, defeating Wake Forest, 98-66, tonight to clinch at least a tie for the regular season ACC title.
Virginia (23-1, 11-0 in the ACC) shot 57 percent as Tonya Cardoza and Heather Burge each scored 17 points. Tammi Reiss and Dawn Staley added 16 apiece.
Jenny Mitchell led Wake Forest (14-10, 4-7) with 15 points.
Wake Forest used a patient half-court offense to try to offset the Cavaliers' transition game. It worked early as the Demon Deacons scored the first two baskets of the game and stayed close to the Cavaliers.
Vicki Henson hit a layup to cut the Virginia lead to 35-30 with 4:59 remaining in the half. But a 13-0 run sparked by increased defensive pressure pushed Virginia to a 50-32 lead at halftime and closed the door on any chance of a Wake Forest upset.
"I think we stopped turning the ball over," Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan said when asked what was the key to the run. "I think our pressure wore them down."
The Cavaliers forced the Demon Deacons into 11 first-half turnovers, most coming in the run at the end of the half.
"Early in the game we controlled the tempo," Wake Forest Coach Joe Sanchez said, "but they shot extremely well against the zone and we didn't anticipate that."