Nov. 28, 1999
HONOLULU -- Virginia freshman Schuye LaRue did not miss a shot all night, scoring 21 points to lead the Cavaliers past Washington, 85-64, in the consolation game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center. LaRue was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, including a three pointer, and hit 2-of-2 at the free throw line. She added four rebounds in her 26 minutes of action.
Washington, playing its sixth game in the last nine days, drops to 2-4 on the season and finishes fourth in the tournament. Virginia improves to 2-2. Host Hawaii defeated Texas, 78-74, in the championship game.
Megan Franza, who was named to the all-tournament team, was the leading scorer for the Huskies, with 17 points. She was 6-of-18 from the field and 3-of-4 at the line. Loree Payne followed with 12 points and Kellie ONeill just missed her third double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Along with LaRue, Virginia got 19 points from Lisa Hosac and 13 from Erin Stovall. The Cavaliers were near perfect at the free throw line, connecting on 19-of-20, with the first miss not coming until 3:19 remained in the game.
Virginia used full court pressure and raced out to an 8-1 lead from the tip. Hosac, who played with the Huskies' Melissa Erickson at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo., keyed the Cavalier attack as she scored 10 of her teams first 16 points.Her back-to-back three pointers extended the early lead, 16-5, at 16:50 to go.
After trailing by as many as 13, the Huskies pulled within seven points on a three pointer by Franza at 8:14 and again on a bucket from O'Neill, 44-37, with just 1:22 left in the half, but that was as close as they could get. Virginia scored the last five points of the half and took a 49-37 lead at intermission. The Cavaliers hit 13-13 from the free throw line to bolster their first half lead.
Stovall hit two layups and a three pointer to increase the Virginia lead to 22 with 11:35 to go in the game. The Cavliers led by as many as 24 at 7:47 to go. UW's Heather Reichmann momentarily chipped away at the large lead though, as she had perhaps the shot of the game when she landed a 12-foot hook shot over the head of 6-foot-11 Elena Kravchenko, the tallest player in Division 1 women's basketball.
"It's been a long haul, playing six games in nine days, from North Carolina to the Islands," said UW coach June Daugherty. "I am excited by what I saw. We have improved over the last three days. We maybe didnt get the results we wanted, but we have improved and this will help us down the line. Virginia is by far the most talented team Ive seen this season. They have a great tradition in womens basketball. Our team did not come out with any fear. They were excited to play the game. That is the sign of a championship team. Today we established our inside-outside game. When you do that against a team that has 6-10, 6-3, 6-2 players, that's a good sign."
In earlier consolation round action, Grambling defeated Portland, 74-60, and Long Beach State defeated Virginia Commonwealth, 69-63.
The Huskies return home to Seattle Monday night and face Boise State, Fri., Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Mercer Arena.
Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team
|Most Valuable Player||Edwina Brown, Texas|
Rainbow Wahine Classic Consolation Game
Virginia 85 Washington 64
FG: UW 24-65 (.369), UV 29-55 (.527)
3FG: UW 3-18 (.167), UV 8-17 (.471)
FT: UW 13-16 (.813), UV 19-20 (.950)
Rebounds: UW 36 (ONeill 10), UV 31
Fouls: UW 18, UV 16
Assists: UW 14 (Franza 5), UV 25
Turnovers: UW 24 (Autrey, Franza, Duncan 4), UV 23
Blocks: UW 1 (Reichmann), UV 3
Steals: UW 9 (ONeill 3), UV16