March 2, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 9 seed Virginia Cavaliers upset No. 8 seed and No. 25 nationally ranked Boston College, 57-54, on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the 2006 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia improved 18-10 overall, while the Eagles fell to 19-11 overall. Riding a five-game win streak, Virginia now advances to quarterfinal action against No. 1 seed and No. 1 nationally ranked North Carolina on Friday, March 3 at 11 a.m. The Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Net South, Comcast Sports, Fox Sports Florida, New England Sports Network) will televise the game live.
"I was very proud of our play, especially down the stretch," head coach Debbie Ryan said. "I thought we played with poise and maturity, and things we've worked on really came to the forefront."
In the first half, Boston College jumped out to a 9-2 lead and then went ahead by 10 points, 17-7 with 11:43 to go in the half. The Cavaliers battled back, led by sophomore point guard Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.), who hit two three-pointers and jumper to give UVa its first lead, 29-27 with 2:37 to go. The teams were tied at 29-29 at halftime.
"We were kind of stagnant on offense," Zoll said of the first half. "I had to take a couple of shots to get my teammates open."
"Sharnee just sort of took the game into her own hands and decided we're not going to play behind anymore," Ryan said.
In the second half, Virginia built its lead up to nine points, 42-33 with 15:53 on the clock, on a lay-up by senior Tiffany Sardin (Chicago, Ill.). While BC tied the game twice, the `Hoos never relinquished the lead, holding on for the three-point win.
"I told my teammates to play this game like it was their last," said lone senior Sardin. "We didn't want to be one-and-done."
"Tiffany in the second half came in, and we just kept going to her, and she just kept delivering," Ryan added.
Zoll paced all players with 18 points, including a career-best three treys. She was named the Aeropostale Player of the Game. Sardin followed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth career double-double. Freshman Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) added eight points and 10 boards.
"Lyndra rebounded like a wild woman," Ryan added.
Brooke Queenan led BC with 11 points. Aja Parham came off the bench for 10 points, while reserve Lisa Macchia grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
"It was a hard-fought game," said BC coach Cathy Inglese. "I was disappointed probably the last four or five minutes in some of the turnovers that we created, the out-of-bounds play. Virginia did a nice job in the second half of closing us down, holding us to about 30 percent from the field."
Overall, Boston College out-rebounded Virginia, 45-35.
"North Carolina is No. 1 in the country," Ryan said in previewing Friday's match-up. "They're athletic; they have size. They have Ivory Latta, and nobody else does. We expect a fast-paced game. It's a great opportunity for us."
1 2 - Final #9 seed Virginia (18-10) 29 28 - 57 #8 seed/#25 Boston College (19-11) 29 25 - 54
Williams' UVA Journey Nearing Its EndMen's Lacrosse4/26/17One game remains in the college career of attackman Zed Williams, who'll graduate from UVA next month with a bachelor's degree in drama.Afamefuna Thriving in New RoleMen's Soccer4/24/17After making the ACC's All-Freshman team as a defender last fall, Virginia's Robin Afamefuna is looking to contribute more at the attacking end this year.'Hoos Head Into Postseason on High NoteWomen's Lacrosse4/22/17In its regular-season finale, Virginia clinched the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament with a 6-5 win over Virginia Tech at Klöckner Stadium.
Director of News Content
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.
Virginia's Season Ends in the WNIT Second Round
W. Basketball | 3/19/2017
The Cavaliers fell 61-55 at James Madison on Sunday. Senior Breyana Mason scored 19 points in her...
Virginia Plays at JMU in WNIT Second-Round
W. Basketball | 3/18/2017
The Virginia women's basketball team plays at James Madison on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in the ...
Virginia Downs Saint Joseph's 62-56 in WNIT First-Round
W. Basketball | 3/17/2017
Jocelyn Willoughby scored a career-high 25 points to send the Cavaliers to the second round. UVA ...
Virginia Opens WNIT Friday at Saint Joseph's
W. Basketball | 3/16/2017
The Virginia women's basketball team plays at Saint Joseph's in the first round of the WNIT on...
Virginia Earns Automatic Bid to the WNIT
W. Basketball | 3/13/2017
The Virginia women's basketball team will play at Saint Joseph's on Friday in the first round of ...
Jeff White: 'Hoos Hoping for Good News Monday
W. Basketball | 3/11/2017
The field for the NCAA women's basketball tournament will be announced Monday night, and Virginia...
Dominique Toussaint Suspended for Friday's Game
W. Basketball | 03/17/2017
Freshman guard Dominique Toussaint will miss Friday's WNIT game at Saint Joseph's.
Toussaint, Willoughby Named to ACC Coaches All-Freshman Team
W. Basketball | 03/06/2017
Virginia women’s basketball guards Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) and Dominique...
- Online Stores