HOW SWEET IT IS...SWEET SIXTEEN BOUND: Walters' Three, Green's Block Give ODU 88-85 Win Against Virginia
March 25, 2008
NORFOLK, Va. (AP)--The littlest player made the biggest shot for Old Dominion. Then one of the tallest made sure it would be enough to win a thrilling game.
Jazzmin Walters made a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left in overtime Tuesday night, and Tiffany Green blocked an attempt at a tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer, giving the Lady Monarchs an 88-85 victory over Virginia and a trip to the Greensboro Regional.
Fifth-seeded Old Dominion (31-4) fell behind 85-81 in overtime, but closed the game on a 7-0 run. Walters started it with a free throw, Jessica Canady added a three-point play with 1:25 to go, and the 5-foot-2 Walters made a shot from her hip just before the shot-clock buzzer to send the Lady Monarchs' crowd into a frenzy.
It got even louder when the 6-2 Green met Lyndra Littles at the top of the key and blocked her shot. Littles, who scored 29 points, collected the rejection and tried again, but her second effort came up well short and the wild contest was finished.
Fourth-seeded Virginia (24-10), which trailed almost all night, forced overtime when Aisha Mohammed was fouled with 1.8 seconds to go--on the Cavaliers' sixth shot from in close on the possession--and she swished the free throw to extend the gave 5 more minutes.
Walters led Old Dominion with 17 points and 10 assists and committed just one turnover. T.J. Jordan added 14 points, Shahida Williams and Green had 13 each. Green also had 12 rebounds and six blocks. Canady added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Littles grabbed 14 rebounds, and Mohammed finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Sharnee Zoll scored 13 with nine assists in her final collegiate game, and Virginia's best scorer, Monica Wright, had 11 on 5-for-17 shooting before she fouled out with 5:23 left.
Littles shot 10-for-29 for Virginia and scored five points in overtime, but Virginia didn't score after her layup put them ahead by four with 2:14 to play.
The Cavaliers trailed by 11 in the second half before going on a 14-2 run. Littles had six points in the run, including the basket that gave the Cavaliers their first lead since the opening minutes at 69-68 with 4:11 remaining. It last just 9 seconds.
Jasmine Parker's 3-pointer put Old Dominion ahead, and Mohammed's layup off an inbounds play tied it with 3:44 left before Walters tried to win it in regulation.
Her 3-pointer gave the Lady Monarchs a lead they held until the final sequence, when Virginia missed five consecutive shots in close before Mohammed finally converted.
Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry called a timeout trying to freeze Mohammed, who was just 2-for-5 from the line to that point, but she made the tying attempt.
The first half was rugged, with 17 fouls called and at least twice that many committed. Virginia started 3-for-4, then went stone cold, missing 18 of 20 as the Lady Monarchs put together an 18-4 run and took a lead that grew to as much as 13 points.
But Virginia regrouped during the last media timeout, started making shots and outscored Old Dominion 13-4 over the last 3:20 to close to 39-36 at the break.
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