- The Washington Times - Monday, March 2, 2009

From combined dispatches


GEORGIA TECH 74, NO. 22 VIRGINIA 66: Lyndra Littles began the game against Georgia Tech with 11 turnovers this season.

After committing nine of Virginia’s season-high 28 miscues Sunday, Littles wasn’t exactly in a great mood.

“They’re scrappy, and we didn’t have any poise,” the senior forward said. “The things that we worked on in practice as far as breaking their press we didn’t do, and the times we did do it, we scored. We just didn’t do it enough.”

Not doing enough turned into an eight-point loss in Atlanta for the Cavaliers.

Iasia Hemingway scored 17 points and Alex Montgomery had 16 for Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets (21-8, 8-6 ACC) closed the regular season with three straight wins and clinched the fifth seed in this week’s ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Ending a three-game winning streak, Virginia (22-8, 8-6) will be the ACC’s sixth seed. Littles led the Cavaliers with 21 points. Monica Wright had 18.

The Cavaliers, who scrambled against a Georgia Tech defense that leads the nation in average steals, went nearly nine minutes without scoring after Littles’ layup cut the lead to six with 9:32 remaining.

“We’ve built this program on defense and rebounding,” Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I tell the players all the time that you can’t control your offense. Control the things you can control - defense and rebounding - because that’s effort. When the going gets tough, we go back to the roots of our program. The reason we were getting stops is the reason we won the game.”

Brigitte Ardossi finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Georgia Tech, which broke a two-game losing streak to Virginia and improved to 10-51 against the Cavaliers. Virginia’s largest lead was four early in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets’ largest lead was 69-56 on Deja Foster’s fast-break layup at the 3:17 mark.

DREXEL 64, GEORGE MASON 47: Gabriela Marginean scored 19 points and added eight rebounds in the Dragons’ win over the Patriots in Philadelphia.

Brittney Wilkins scored 14 points for the Patriots in their final road game of the season.

TEMPLE 59, GEORGE WASHINGTON 49: Kristen McCarthy and Shenita Landry each scored 15 points in the Owls’ win over the Colonials at Smith Center.


No. 6 Louisville 62, No. 8 Marquette 58: Andre McGee scored a season-high 16 points as the Cardinals edged the Golden Eagles in Louisville, Ky., to keep their hopes for a Big East regular-season title alive.

Terrence Williams added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinals (23-5, 14-2 Big East), who have won five straight and can clinch at least a share of the regular-season title by winning their final two games.

Wesley Matthews led the Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) with 19 points, but Marquette lost its second straight despite a game effort without star Dominic James, who broke his left foot in a loss to No. 2 Connecticut last week.

No. 9 Michigan State 74, No. 20 Illinois 66: The Spartans won the Big Ten regular-season championship, holding off a late charge by the Illini for a victory in Champaign, Ill.

No. 15 Kansas 90, No. 11 Missouri 65: Sherron Collins scored 25 points and dished out several key assists in the take-command run, and the Jayhawks took control of the Big 12 race by trouncing the Tigers in Lawrence, Kan.


UCLA 71, NO. 4 CALIFORNIA 56: Erica Tukiainen scored a 18 of her career-high 25 points in the second half, and the Bruins upset the Golden Bears in Los Angeles.

No. 3 Stanford 85, Southern Cal 74: Kayla Pedersen had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinal past the Trojans in Los Angeles and into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

No. 7 Auburn 94, Arkansas 57: DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points, and the Tigers clinched their first SEC title in 20 years with a win over the Razorbacks in Auburn, Ala.

No. 10 Duke 81, No. 9 North Carolina 79 (OT): Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points, and Abby Waner hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Blue Devils past the Tar Heels in Durham, N.C.

No. 11 Florida State 58, Wake Forest 47: Jacinta Monroe had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Seminoles earned a share of their first ACC title with a win over the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C.

No. 12 Texas A&M 71, Kansas St. 45: Sydney Carter scored 17 points to lead the Aggies to a win over the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.

No. 14 Ohio State 74, Penn State 63: Star Allen scored a career-high 25 points in her final home game, and Jantel Lavender added 28 points and 12 rebounds to power the Buckeyes past the Nittany Lions in Columbus, Ohio.

Georgia 84, No. 17 Florida 75: Porsha Phillips scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Bulldogs to a win over the Gators in Athens, Ga.

No. 18 Tennessee 75, No. 19 Vanderbilt 66: Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 points, and the Lady Vols beat the Commodores for their 34th consecutive 20-win season.

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