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Women: Seminoles out in overtime

By wire services
Published March 6, 2005


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sharnee Zoll struggles sometimes with her shot, and most of her problems come with worrying about it too much.

She cleared her mind just in time to save Virginia.

The freshman guard made a go-ahead jumper in overtime and Jocelyn Logan-Friend later added a 3-point play, helping Virginia (20-9) beat Florida State 71-67 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

"I wasn't thinking about it," Zoll said of her clutch shot. "I think that's when I'm able to hit shots, when I'm not thinking about it."

The Cavs held fourth seed FSU to six points in 141/2 minutes during one stretch of the second half. That came during a 23-6 run to give the Cavs a 54-44 lead.

FSU rallied behind Roneeka Hodges, a senior transfer who was named to the All-ACC team in her only season in Tallahassee. She had eight points in the final 4:10, including two free throws with 16 seconds left to tie it at 56.

FSU's Alicia Gladden started overtime with a three-point play to give the Seminoles the lead. The margin was one before Zoll took over. She hit a 15-foot jumper to give Virginia the lead for good, then made all six of her free throws down the stretch.

Hodges scored 26 for FSU (23-7) and Gladden added 20 points and 14 rebounds.

"I wouldn't go to battle with anybody else," said Seminoles coach Sue Semrau, who earlier in the day was named ACC coach of the year. "They do this night in and night out, with an undersized team that isn't very deep."

NO. 4 UNC 64, MIAMI 57: The Tar Heels avoided a stunning ouster. After trailing nearly the entire game, the Tar Heels went ahead to stay on a late 3-pointer from Ivory Latta and held on. Latta scored 19 for the top-seeded Tar Heels, who earned their 11th straight win despite shooting a season-low 29 percent. Tamara James had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Hurricanes (13-16).

NO. 6 DUKE 107, WAKE FOREST 50: The Blue Devils started impressively in their run for a sixth straight ACC tournament title. Mistie Williams and Wanisha Smith each scored 17 for Duke, which set single-game tournament records for most points and 3-point field goals (12).

NO. 25 MARYLAND 63, NO. 19 N.C. STATE 56: Freshman Crystal Langhorne had a double double and Jade Perry nearly matched her season high with 11 points, helping the Terrapins advance to today's semifinals. Two days after she was selected the league's Freshman of the Year, Langhorne had 23 points and 16 rebounds.

NO. 1 LSU 79, NO. 21 GEORGIA 65: Top-ranked LSU didn't a TV replay this time. Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson were more than enough to put away Georgia and send the Tigers into the championship game. Augustus scored 22 points and Johnson had a career-high 17 assists to lead the Tigers in a semifinal in Greenville, S.C.

NO. 5 TENNESSEE 76, NO. 18 VANDERBILT 73: Tennessee coach Pat Summitt won her 877th game, moving past Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, as the Vols reached the title game. A win today against LSU would draw Summitt within one of Dean Smith's all-time mark of 879 victories, with the NCAA Tournament ahead.

C-USA

TCU 87, NO. 12 DePAUL 77: Sandora Irvin had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Horned Frogs, seeded fourth, to an upset of the top seeded Blue Demons in the semifinals in Charlotte, N.C. Texas Christian, which eliminated USF on Friday, led by as many as 14 points in the second half. The Horned Frogs took the lead for good at 71-70. TCU faces Louisville, a 56-48 winner over Houston, in today's final.

Top 25

NO. 2 STANFORD 81, CAL 40: Susan King Borchardt scored 14 to lead the Cardinal to its 18th straight victory in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament in San Jose, Calif.

NO. 16 TEMPLE 61, ST. JOSEPH'S 51: Candice Dupree had 12 points to help the Owls stretch their winning streak to 22. Temple faces Xavier in today's semifinals in Washington.

NO. 24 GONZAGA 58, PEPPERDINE 40: Anne Bailey scored 19 of her career-high 21 in the second half to lift the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.

Nation

SYRACUSE 65, GEORGETOWN 58: Chineze Nwagbo had 10 of her 19 points in a late second-half run to lead No. 11 seed Syracuse to an upset win in the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn.

WEST VIRGINIA 77, PITT 68: Meg Bulger scored 23 and Yolanda Paige set a Big East tournament mark with 14 assists to lead the Mountaineers.