No. 9 Cavs too Much For Seminoles
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The first half was ugly, and even though Virginia was leading, Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan was unhappy.
On its way to a 31-28 lead over Florida State, the No. 9 Cavaliers had 15 turnovers and only gained the slim advantage thanks to a late 11-0 run.
"We just haven't become consistent with being able to control those kinds of things," Ryan said of her team's tendency to play sloppily. "Now, I just start to substitute when players turn the ball over."
Ryan's halftime displeasure had an immediate impact as the Cavaliers (10-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the second half with a 20-4 run to open a 19-point lead and coasted to a 75-62 victory Friday night.
"We just played better in the second half," Ryan said. "We spread things out better and we were able to knock some shots down."
DeMya Walker led the way for Virginia with 21 points, 13 rebounds, a school-record eight blocks and four steals, but Seminoles first-year coach Sue Semrau said the way Virginia came out after halftime told the tale.
Florida State committed seven of its 32 turnovers during the blitz, and Virginia finished with a 37-17 advantage in points scored off miscues.
"A good program knows what it takes to get things going," Semrau said. "They came out attacking us and we didn't handle it well."
The Seminoles (4-8, 0-3) never got closer than nine points after the run.
Mimi McKinney added 20 points and Erin Stovall had 13 for the Cavaliers, who won despite committing 25 turnovers - 15 in the opening half.
The Seminoles were led by Latavia Coleman with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Brooke Wyckoff with 14 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
'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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