Jan. 6, 2005
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C..- The University of Virginia women's basketball team opened the 2005 ACC season with a 85-83 overtime win at Wake Forest on Thursday.
With it's 7th straight victory Virginia improves to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play, while the Demon Deacons fall to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.
"I thought we sealed the game several times," said Virginia's head coach Debbie Ryan. "Not making those free throws is uncharacteristic. They played hard and finished the game strong."
In the first half, Virginia went ahead by 11 points, 25-14 with 8:45 on the clock. Wake Forest closed out the half with an 11-4 run to tie the game twice. UVa held a two-point advantage at halftime, 37-35.
In the second half Virginia stormed out of the locker room to go ahead by nine 36-47. The Demon Deacons came within three points several times but did not regain the lead. A free throw with eight seconds tied the game 66-66 and forced overtime.
In overtime the Cavilers maintained their lead going ahead by seven points 84-77 for the win.
Sophomore Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) came off the bench for a career high 28 points and her first career double-double with 11 rebounds. Senior Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) added 21 points.
Senior LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) had 13 points and 8 assist, while sophomore Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) followed with 12 points
"Siedah had a fabulous game tonight," Ryan added. "I was really proud of her effort."
"It wasn't pretty," said Teamer, who was celebrating her 23rd birthday on Thursday. "Wake Forest is a strong team and this is a tough place to play."
"I came in extremely focused," Williams said. "This is a team win and I did it for the team."
The Cavilers went 26 of 54 from the free throw line, setting the school record with attempts. Teamer attempted a school record 20 attempts from the line for the school record.
Cotelia Bond-Young led Wake Forest with 30 points, including six 3-pointers.
Overall, Virginia out rebounded Wake Forest 43-41.
Virginia continues ACC road play on Monday, Jan. 10 at Georgia Tech. The Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports South, Comcast, Sunshine Network) will televise the game at 7 p.m.
1 2 OT - Final
Virginia (11-3, 1-0 ACC) 37 29 19 - 85
Wake Forest (10-4, 0-2) 35 31 17 - 83