Jan. 3, 1998
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.