That "Virginia Fight" you've been hearing about all season when it comes to Debbie Ryan's Cavaliers finally paid off last night, as the Virginia women's basketball team pulled out a 94-92 victory at N.C. State after four overtimes. The Wahoos improved to 14-12 (3-7 ACC).
While Virginia was down 24-21 at the half, the Cavaliers fought through the second half to earn a 10-point lead. However, both teams showed a desire to win, as State went on a 16-6 run to tie the game back at 49 all.
Virginia came from behind in each period, tying the game with less than 10 seconds left in the second half as well as the first three of four overtime periods. Paulisha Kellum hit a buzzer beater to tie the game at the end of the third overtime, and Ariana Moorer did the same to win the game at the end of the fourth overtime.
"What do you say?," Coach Ryan said after the game. "I was just really proud of the fight that we had tonight. We were up, we were down. We were in, we were out. We played with a lot of heart and so did NC State."
"We've played in a lot of close games this year and it was good to finally win one."
This comes after the Hoos were down by as much as 17 to then-No. 14 Florida State before climbing back to within two in the final four seconds. The Hoos ultimately lost that game 78-75.
Virginia has made the past three NCAA Tournaments, finishing with an overall 21-10 record last season, though they are in jeopardy of not making the tournament this year absent an impressive run to finish out the season. Last night's 4OT victory was the longest game in program history.
Virginia travels to College Park to take on the Terrapins this Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.