Monday, January 09, 2006

Power Outage

Virginia's offense fails to show in Tallahassee, and the women's basketball teams falls to 11-2 (0-1 ACC).

In the ACC every game matters. Virginia had its eight-game win streak snapped Sunday, and the reason is obvious. The Lady Cavaliers could only muster 46 points in the game and an abysmal 13 in the first half against the Seminoles before losing 60-46. Despite a relatively good defensive effort, the problems on the offensive side of the ball were astounding. In the first half Virginia had almost as many turnovers (11) as they did points (13). They shot 17% from the floor. I don't care how good your defense is, no one can succeed with numbers like that.

Head coach Debbie Ryan could only state the obvious in the postgame.

We just couldn't get anything going offensively in the first half," said Ryan. "Give Florida State credit for pushing us. Rebounding was key as well as us not being able to finish."

The battle on the boards was not as bad as Ryan would lead to believe. Virginia actually won the rebound war 53-47. Individually however, the Lady Cavaliers could not stop Florida State guard Alicia Gladden. Her 7 rebounds, 22 points and 3 steals were more than enough to put the Seminoles on top. Virginia was led by C Siedah Williams with 14 points and 8 rebounds, she was also the only player to reach double digits for the game.

The unexpected loss puts the Cavaliers in an early hole, one that will be even harder to get out of. Next up, a home contest with the N.C. State Wolfpack. The Pack are 10-4, coming off a last second loss to Wake Forest 65-64. While Virginia will be favored, Coach Ryan and crew know that this game will be far from easy. A stumble here and Virginia could have big trouble when it heads to Blacksburg to take on a soon to be ranked Virginia Tech squad.

Hopefully this game will serve as a reminder for the team to not look to far ahead and stay focused on the task at hand. Otherwise this hot start can cool off very quickly.


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