Dec. 29, 2005
Charlottesville, Va. - Tiffany Sardin earned most valuable player honors after scoring a season-high 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the University of Virginia to an 80-39 victory over Holy Cross on Thursday night in the championship game of the 2005 Marriott Cavalier Classic at University Hall on the UVA campus. Virginia has now won six straight and improves to 9-1 on the season, while holding the 4-7 Crusaders to their lowest point total of the season.
Senior guard Sarah Placek led the Crusaders with 14 points and three assists, while fellow senior Shannon Bush was named to the All-Tournament team after scoring 10 points and hauling in a career-high eight rebounds.
The Cavaliers held the Crusaders to 28.6% shooting and forced 33 HC turnovers, which is a season-high for Holy Cross.
The Cavaliers opened the game with a 13-0 run, until a Bush jumper ended the HC drought. But the Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 20-2, the largest for the Cavaliers in the first half. Virginia led 37-18 at the break.
The teams played back and forth over the first nine minutes of the second half, and the Cavaliers held a 56-34 lead with 10:12 remaining after a Placek jumper. Virginia then held the Crusaders scoreless for the next 8:18, going on a 22-0 run. Six different Cavaliers contributed points in the run.
Overall, Virginia out-rebounded Holy Cross, 47-30 and totaled 18 steals on the defensive end.
Siedah Williams and Sharneé Zoll joined Sardin on the All-Tournament team, as did freshman forward Lyndra Littles. Zoll led the Cavaliers with seven assists.
Boston University's Katie Meinhardt was also named to the All-Tournament team. Boston University defeated Yale 53-41 in the consolation game played earlier on Thursday.
Holy Cross travels to Maine for a 2:00 p.m. match-up with the Black Bears on Monday, January 2. The game will be played at the Portland Civic Center, not on the Orono campus.