- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 22 FLORIDA STATE 80, No. 16 VIRGINIA 75: Courtney Ward scored 18 points and Tanae Davis-Cain had 16 as the Seminoles held off a second-half rally by the Cavaliers to win Friday night in Charlottesville. It was Florida State’s eighth consecutive victory.

Florida State (17-4, 5-0 ACC), off to its best start in conference history, led by 13 and held on even when the Cavaliers kept pulling within a point.

Virginia (15-4, 2-2) got within one twice in the final minute, first on a free throw by Chelsea Shine and later on a putback with 11.3 seconds left. But Jacinta Monroe answered the first time by making both ends of a one-and-one with 20.5 seconds left, and Mara Freshour hit a pair of free throws with 9.9 seconds to play, giving the Seminoles a 78-75 lead.

Monica Wright led Virginia with 24 points and Lyndra Littles added 21.

FAIRFIELD 73, No. 20 MARIST 65 (OT): Baendu Lowenthal scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Stags shock the Red Foxes in overtime in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., ending Marist’s 35-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winning streak.

The Red Foxes (17-2, 8-1), who had won 14 straight overall, had last lost in the conference to Loyola on Feb. 16, 2007.

Stephanie Geehan added 15 points, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch. Lauren Groom scored 14 points for Fairfield (11-8, 6-2), and hit a 3-pointer to put the game away in overtime.

Rachele Fitz led Marist with 23 points and moved within 17 of breaking the school’s all-time scoring record. Julianne Viani had 17 points for the Red Foxes, who had beaten Fairfield in the previous 11 meetings.

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