Feb. 17, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. — Svetlana Volnaya scored 22 points, including 4-4 three-point shots leading #22 Virginia to a 72-63 women’s basketball victory over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum Thursday evening. Virginia, which has won 16 of its last 18, improved to 20-6 overall, 11-2 in the ACC. Clemson fell to 16-9 overall, 7-6 in the ACC.
Virginia made 11-16 three-point shots on the night, tying a school record for number of three-point goals in a game. It tied for the second most three-point goals ever scored against Clemson, highest total ever by an ACC team. The .688 percentage was alos the third best percentage against Clemson in history. It was also the top percentage of the season for Debbie Ryan’s team. They entered the game shooting just 28 percent on three-point shots in ACC games and had made just 13 of 50 three-point attempts over their last three games.
In addition to Volnaya’s outburst, Lisa Hosac and Telisha Quaries each had 3-5 three-point shooting and scored in double figures. Hosac had 14 points, while Quaries added 11 and had four assists and four steals. Starting center Schuye LaRue had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Clemson was led by Krystal Scott who scored a career high 18 points, had five rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes of play. It was just her second double figure scoring game in the last eight games. Angie Cossey added 10 points and five rebounds, while Erin Batth and Joanie Mungro scored eight apiece. Batth made just 2-11 field goal attempts for the game and missed her last eight attempts.
Virginia did an outstanding job defensively, especially in the second half when the Lady Tigers made just 10-37 shots from the field. They held Clemson leading scorer Chrissy Floyd to just seven points in 28 minutes.
Virginia shot 53 percent for the game overall, at least 50 percent in each half. It was the top field goal percentage against Clemson this year, just the second time the opposition had made at least half its shots. Clemson won the rebounding 38-35 and had just 11 turnovers, but the Lady Tigers shot 36 percent for the game.
It did not start out that way for Jim Davis’s team. Clemson made 5 of its first 6 shots from the field and led 12-8 at the first media timeout. It was a seesaw first half as there were four ties and six lead changes. Virginia jumped to a 28-21 lead at the five minute mark of the first half on a three-point shot by Hosac.
But, Clemson battled back behind the play of Scott and Joanie Mungro. Clemson went on a 15-5 run and took a 36-33 lead with 31 seconds left on a layup by Mungro. Virginia tied the count at intermission on a three-point goal by Quaries.
Virginia continued its hot shooting in the second half, while Clemson’s faultered. The Cavs went on a 17-5 run to open the second half to take a 53-41 lead. Hosac had eight points in that spurt. The lead grew to 14 points on a three-point shot by Volnaya from the left corner with 5:30 left before Clemson mounted a comeback in the final stages. A driving shot by Scott brought Clemson to 67-60 with two minutes left.
Clemson had three possessions and three shot attempts to take the margin to five or four points, but the shots never fell. Virginia kept Clemson in the game until the final minute by making just 7-15 shots from the line in the second half, but the lady Tigers could not convert offensively.
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