Jan. 2, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia women's basketball team opened the new year with a 66-49 win over South Carolina on Sunday afternoon at University Hall, marking its sixth straight victory.
UVa improved 10-3 overall, while the Gamecocks fell to 5-8.
"We did a lot of the little things tonight," UVa head coach Debbie Ryan. "I was proud of our effort in the second half. We forced a lot of turnovers."
In the first half, USC scored the first bucket, but the Cavaliers took over the lead for the rest of the game. UVa led by 11 points, 33-22 with 4:22 on the clock. The Gamecocks closed out the stanza with a 7-1 run as UVa entered the locker room with a five-point edge, 34-29.
In the second half, USC rattled off the first four points to come within one, 34-33, but that's as close as the team would get. Virginia rebounded with a 12-0 run of its own and went ahead by as many as 18 points, 55-37 with 8:58 to go. UVa held onto its double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) came off the bench to lead four Cavaliers in double-digit scoring with a season-high 16 points. Senior Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) followed with 15 points, while sophomore Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) added 12 points, all from three-point range. Senior LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) rounded out the scoring with 11 points.
"We're getting really good play out of our post players," Ryan added.
"I just came out and played hard," Williams said. "I'm just trying to stay consistent."
Angela Hunter was the only USC player in double figures with 13 points, including three treys.
Overall, Virginia and South Carolina each grabbed 31 rebounds.
Virginia opens its ACC slate on Thursday, Jan. 6 at Wake Forest. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
1 2 - Final South Carolina (5-8) 29 20 - 49 Virginia (10-3) 34 32 - 66
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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