Feb. 16, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Dominique Toussaint had the ball, saw the shot clock running down and did what she had to do.
Toussaint scored five of her 14 points in the final 1:27, including the go-ahead 3-pointer as the shot clock was running out, and Virginia held No. 4 Florida State to five points in the fourth quarter in a 60-51 victory Thursday night.
''I don't think I went crazy,'' the freshman said. ''I just trusted what I've been practicing. The shot clock was running down and we had to get a shot up and that's what I did.''
Toussaint's 3-pointer, just the third of the night for the Cavaliers, put them in front 53-51 and, after a turnover by the Seminoles, she hit a runner along the baseline from about 8 feet with 51 seconds left to give Virginia (17-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) added cushion.
After several losses to ranked teams the Cavaliers challenged until very late, coach Joanne Bowyle was thrilled to see one go their way.
''We've been there. We just haven't won,'' she said, adding that he told her team ''It's your time. I just kept telling them, `It's your time, now go and play.'''
Shakayla Thomas scored 11 points before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter, Ivey Slaughter had 12 and Brittany Brown 10 for Florida State (23-4, 11-2). The Seminoles lost their second straight - they fell 92-88 in double overtime against Texas on Monday night - and fell out of a first-place tie with Notre Dame.
Coach Sue Semrau said she's not as concerned about her team's wounded psyche as she is about her top scorer.
''Two games can shake a team if you lose Shakayla Thomas,'' she said, adding she had no information about her injury. ''That's a big blow to us.''
Florida State shot just 35 percent (21-60) and missed 19 of their 23 3-point tries (17.4 percent).
The Seminoles used a 13-5 run to start the third quarter to open an eight-point lead, but the Cavaliers finally pulled even at 48 with 6:08 remaining on a baseline jumper by Breyana Mason. Mason's foul-line jumper gave Virginia a 50-48 advantage with 4:17 remaining.
Florida State: The Seminoles not only lead the ACC in scoring, averaging 79.5 points in conference games, but they are second in scoring defense, allowing just 59.1 points per game. Those things, and five upperclass starters (two juniors, three seniors) suggest Florida State will be a tough out in the postseason.
Virginia: The Cavaliers are in the midst of a transformation with an increased attention to defense, and to developing their younger players. Coach Joanne Boyle started three freshmen for the second game in a row, and in Virginia's 26 games this season, a freshman has been their scoring leader 14 times.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Seminoles hit two 3-pointers in the first four minutes, then two more the rest of the way. .. Florida State ranked second in the ACC in rebounding, with an average margin of plus 8.5, but was outrebounded 42-32 by the team that was ninth in the league with an average rebounding margin of minus 0.5. ... The Cavaliers' reserves outscored the Seminoles' reserves 23-11.
The Seminoles return home for a quick turnaround game against Clemson on Saturday.
Virginia travels to Blacksburg on Sunday to play state rival Virginia Tech, which it beat 76-27 on Jan. 26.
'Hoos Exit With Heads Held HighWomen's Basketball3/19/18In its first trip to the NCAA tourney since 2010, 10th-seeded Virginia went 1-1 in Columbia, S.C., defeating seventh-seeded Cal and losing to second-seeded South Carolina.'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.
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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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