Virginia Drops 62-55 Decision to South Dakota State in Opening Round at Junkanoo Jam

Sophomore Lyndra Littles

Nov. 24, 2006

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island - The Virginia Cavaliers lost their second consecutive game with a 62-55 decision to South Dakota State on Friday in the opening round of the Junkanoo Jam at St. George's High School.

With the loss, Virginia fell to 3-2, while SDSU improved to a perfect 4-0.

In the second game, No. 15 Baylor defeated Central Florida, 78-48. Virginia will face Central Florida on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Third Place game. WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the Cavaliers' game live on the radio and on the internet (

In the first half, the teams played a close game with neither leading by more than four points. With 4:47 left on the clock, senior captain Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) left the game with a leg injury after she was pushed out of bounds following a lay-up attempt. She did not return to action. South Dakota State closed out the stanza with a 13-5 run to take a four-point lead into the locker room, 26-32.

In the second half, Virginia took over the lead twice, going ahead by five points, 47-42 with 11:49 to go. The game was tied at 51-51 with 5:02 remaining. SDSU then closed out the game with an 11-4 run for the win.

Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) was the only Cavalier in double figures. She tallied her third double-double on the season (eight of her career) with a game-high 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) and sophomore Abby Robertson (Springfield, Va.) followed with eight points each.

Megan Vogel paces SDSU with 15 points. Jennifer Warkenthien followed with 12 points, while Courtney Grimsurd added 10 points.



Overall, Virginia out-rebounded SDSU, 43-41. The Cavaliers shot a dismal 25 percent (3-12) from the free throw line, while SDSU shot 75 percent (18-24).


                    	1	2	-	Final
South Dakota State (4-0)	36	26	-	62
Virginia (3-2)		32	23	-	55