Jan. 18, 1998

Virginia Downs Demon Deacons

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Lisa Hosac scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half Sunday night as No. 15 Virginia jumped in front early and coasted to a 65-55 victory over Wake Forest.

DeMya Walker led the Cavaliers (13-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 23 points. Mimi McKinney scored 10 points, and she and Hosac each contributed seven rebounds.

Virginia went ahead 11-4 in the first three minutes of the game with baskets by all five starters and stretched the advantage to 17 by halftime.

Wake Forest (4-18, 0-8) was led by Heidi Coleman with 16 points, and Dardy Olivia added 10.

Post-game quotes from Virginia head coach, Debbie Ryan.

Asked about having to put the starters back in after Wake Forest went on an 12-1 run midway through the second half:

"They are simply spent. They do not have one ounce of emotion. The young kids, that was just too much for them on Thursday night. All the excitement, all the up and then coming back down again and they just weren't able to get themselves back up. The veterans know how to handle it, but the younger players are emotionally drained and they couldn't stay out there tonight and maintain the level of play. I kept them in a few possessions too long, but I was hoping they would play out of it or play through it, I couldn't stay with them any longer."

"I was really pleased with how we started the game. I was expecting us not to be so strong out there. I was pleased how we played through the first thirty minutes. It was the last 10 minutes that you have to expect some sort of a let down and I think that's where we had it."

"I'm not concerned about where we are in the ACC right now. I worry about where the team is day-to-day rather than try and look ahead. You can't do that with this team. Everybody says 'Oh, you beat Carolina, they must be on their way,' but we still have lessons to learn. We've got to play 40 minutes every game, every night out, finish games, finish situations. We're definitely molding as a team. Tonight showed that we can play an emotional game and come back and play another game, which is good. We still have lessons to learn."