Sunday, November 22, 2009

UVa Women's Basketball: Tennessee - 77, Virginia 63

We went to the Tennessee/UVa women's game at JPJ today.

It was Hot Dog Day (!) and Jay James had been talking up the game big time - I love the way he is so enthusiastic about Cavalier sports. All the talking did the trick - there was a crowd of 11,895, which is a record for a UVa women's game.

Virginia was #12 in the country coming into the game, with Tennessee at #6.

The Cavaliers are led by Monica Wright (a preseason All-American), and she was strong with 21 points. Unfortunately, the Vols looked really good and we were never really in the game. We pulled to within 3 early in the second half, but then a 4 point play by Tennessee star Angie Bjorklund stopped our rally and we didn't get close again.

Another of Virginia's leaders is Chelsea Shine, and she did not play well. The main problem was that Tennessee was about 3-4 inches taller than us at most positions and we had a terrible time grabbing offensive rebounds. Also, UT's defense was very good: aggressive and quick.

This picture is by Toni L. Sandys, from the Post.

The sad sports story of the day was that the Skins lost to Dallas 7-6 on a late touchdown pass by Tony Romo. Our defense played great all day and I felt like a win (in Dallas, no less) would have salvaged an otherwise rough season.

Alas, even though Rock Cartwright played well and Jason Campbell made some nice throws-after-scrambling, we couldn't ever find the end zone and that came back to bite us. Here's an excerpt from Jason Reid's story in the Post:
Washington place kicker Shaun Suisham was perfect on field goal attempts entering Sunday's game, but his misses in Dallas proved costly. Suisham missed a 50-yard field goal attempt with 7 minutes 6 seconds remaining in the game. The kick, which sailed wide right, would've made it a two-possession game for the Redskins.

The Cowboys took over on their 40-yard line, and Romo needed nine plays and 4:20 to drive downfield. Romo hit Patrick Crayton for a 10-yard touchdown for their first score of the game. With the extra point, Dallas took the slim lead. Romo was 5-of-6 passing for 65 yards on the game-winning drive.

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