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March 22, 2010
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Virginia's Monica Wright scored 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but No. 21-ranked and fifth-seeded Virginia fell to 12th-seeded Wisconsin-Green Bay, 69-67, Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Celeste Hoewisch scored 23 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay let most of a 16-point lead slip away before holding on for the win. Virginia's record fell to 21-10, while the Phoenix improved to 28-4.
After it appeared the Phoenix would win in a rout, Virginia forced a slew of turnovers by turning up its defensive pressure and cut the lead to 64-63 on Ariana Moorer's two free throws with 32.7 seconds left.
But Wisconsin-Green Bay steadied just enough to make five free throws in the closing seconds to move into the second round.
It was a disappointing ending for Virginia's Monica Wright, the ACC Player of the Year and the school's career scoring leader. Wright did her part with 34 points and nine rebounds, but didn't get the help she needed from her teammates.
Kim Sitzmann scored a season-high 21 points--all but three in the first half--and 11th-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock won in its NCAA tournament debut, stunning No. 6 seed Georgia Tech 63-53 on Sunday night.
Arkansas-Little Rock (27-6) was so unsure of making the 64-team tournament field that it didn't hold a formal viewing party last Monday. The Trojans, who had a 21-game winning streak snapped in the Sun Belt Conference tournament title game, received one of the last at-large bids.
Brigitte Ardossi scored 26 points for Georgia Tech (23-10), which fell to 2-6 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
Georgia Tech jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but quickly fell behind the smaller, speedier Trojans even though UALR's leading scorer Chastity Reed had only 14 points--11 below her average.
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