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UVa Women Advance in NCAA Tournament

March 13, 1998

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - DeMya Walker scored 15 points in the second half to spark No. 17 Virginia's rally from a 19-point deficit to a 77-68 victory over SMU in an NCAA tournament East Regional first-round game Friday night.

Walker, who finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, made five free throws in the final 1:21.

Erin Stovall scored 19 points and Mimi McKinney, a reserve who was scoreless during five minutes in the first half, had all 14 of her points during a 40-10 run by the Cavaliers (19-9) in the final 13 1/2 minutes of play.

Karen Blair had 21 points for the Mustangs (21-8) and Karlin Kennedy had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The teams battled on equal terms most of the first half until Blair started a 14-3 SMU run with two free throws with 6:20 remaining.

The Mustangs went on to a 40-33 halftime lead, and Blair capped a 16-4 surge in the first 6:06 with a layup, her third basket of the flurry.

But SMU scored only four more field goals, including a layup by Blair with six seconds left.

McKinney led the charge back, stealing the ball twice and driving for layups early in the Virginia rally that cut SMU's lead to 56-46 with 12:05 to go. Thirty-nine seconds later, McKinney dropped in a 3-pointer, and the Cavaliers had their deficit in single digits at 56-49.

Erin Stovall regained the lead for Virginia at 60-59 with a spin move and short jumper, and McKinney put the Cavaliers ahead for good 67-66 at the 2:23 mark with her fourth steal and another layup.

 

 

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