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No. 21 Virginia upsets No. 11 Florida State in Tallahassee

Virginia’s first in-conference road upset of the season could not have been more timely.

In the Cavaliers’ final game of the regular season against a ranked opponent, they overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to down No. 11 Florida State 68-63 last night in Tallahassee, Fla. for the Seminoles’ second conference loss of the season. Senior center Aisha Mohammed, senior forward Lyndra Littles and junior guard Monica Wright combined for 56 of the team’s 68 points and 28 of 45 rebounds.

The Cavaliers (22-7, 8-5 ACC) took their first lead of 57-56 with 3:27 remaining in regulation on a bucket from freshman guard Ariana Moorer. The two teams then traded leads three times before Florida State (23-6, 11-2 ACC) surrendered seven unanswered points, giving Virginia a 66-60 lead.

Florida State sophomore guard Courtney Ward then knocked down a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to three; out of the ensuing timeout, however, Moorer connected with Mohammed for a fast-break layup to put the game out of the Seminoles’ reach.

Wright’s 17 points gave her a new Virginia single-season record 615 for the season, passing Heather Burge’s mark of 612 in 1993. Mohammed added 15 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season, while Littles led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing nine rebounds. Ward led Florida State’s scoring with 18 points, but senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain was the only other Seminole in double-figure points with 13.

Overall, Virginia out-rebounded Florida State 45-31, including 20-10 off the offensive glass, leading to a difference of 21-10 in second chance points.

Virginia plays its season finale Sunday against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., in advance of the ACC Tournament March 5 to 8.

—compiled by Paul Montana

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