WNIT ACCtion: Virginia Falls To Charlotte, 79-74

March 26, 2011

Virginia Falls To Charlotte, 79-74, In WNIT Quarters

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Virginia's run in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) ended in the quarterfinals Saturday night (March 26). The Cavaliers fell to Charlotte 79-74 at John Paul Jones Arena.

The loss ended Virginia's season and the Cavaliers finished with a 19-16 overall record. Charlotte advanced to the semifinals of the postseason tournament and improved to 27-9.

Sophomore guard China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. She finished 8-for-12 from the field and dished out four assists.

A late 10-0 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) got UVa to within two points at 62-60 with 3:57 left in the game.

Charlotte's Gabby Tyler hit a jumper with 3:31 to respond for the 49ers and although Virginia made it a one-possession game on two more occasions, Charlotte held on for the 79-74 victory.

Franklin finished with 13 points and five boards for UVa, while senior guard Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) finished out her Cavalier career by scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds.

Charlotte's McCallum finished with 24 points and five rebounds and Epiphany Woodson added 17 points.

It was announced on March 12 that Debbie Ryan has decided to step down as women's head basketball coach effective at the end of the 2010-11 season. She ends her 34-year tenure at Virginia with a 739-324 overall record.