Feb. 1, 1998

Virginia Needs Overtime to Beat Florida State, 83-76

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Kate Mooney scored a career-high 22 points, including a critical 3-pointer in overtime, to lead No. 16 Virginia past Florida State 83-76 Sunday.

Florida State (7-14, 3-8 ACC), which has never beaten Virginia (15-5, 6-4) in 16 meetings, had a chance to win the game in regulation. But with six seconds remaining and the score 69-69, Val Linley, a 75 percent foul shooter, missed two free throws.

Virginia's DeMya Walker scored the first three points of overtime to give the Cavalier a 72-69 lead and they never trailed.

After Florida State's Lysa Moorefield cut the deficit to 74-73 with 2:32 left, Virginia's Lesley Brown scored on a follow shot and then with 55 seconds remaining Mooney made a 3-pointer from the left baseline to push the lead to 79-73.

"That was a huge 3-point basket," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "We were fortunate just to be in overtime and fortunate to win."

Virginia point guard Mimi McKinney scored 15 points before fouling out with six seconds left in regulation. Starting point guard Renee Robinson missed the game after suffering a concussion last week against Old Dominion.

That left the ball-handling chores to freshmen Erin Stovall and Katie Tracy in overtime. Tracy hit two free throws with 37 seconds left to keep Virginia comfortably ahead, 81-75.

Latavia Coleman and Lysa Moorefield paced Florida State with 16 points each. Freshman Brooke Wyckoff had eight points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Virginia led 37-32 at halftime, as Mooney made five of seven 3-point field goal attempts.