Nov. 22, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Angie Bjorklund scored 24 points and hit the big shots when Tennessee needed them as the No. 6 Lady Vols beat No. 12 Virginia 77-63 on Sunday.
Tennessee (3-0), playing for only the second time in Charlottesville, led 40-33 at halftime and pulled away after the Cavaliers (3-1) closed to 42-39. The rally riled up the crowd of 11,895 fans, a record for a women's basketball game at Virginia.
But Bjorklund stopped the surge with a four-point play, and when Taber Spani followed with a 3-pointer, the Lady Vols' lead was back to 10. Virginia got no closer than seven again.
Pre-season All-American Monica Wright led Virginia with 21 points, but Chelsea Shine, coming off a 27-point effort in a victory against South Carolina Upstate, had her first shot blocked by Kelley Cain and never seemed to recover. She scored three on 1-for-6 shooting.
Ariana Moorer scored 12 for the Cavaliers and Simone Egwu had 10.
The Lady Vols used an early 24-9 run to open a 26-15 lead. Stricklen had eight points in the spurt, and 6-foot-6 Cain blocked three shots and altered several others.
Tennessee built its lead as high as 13 on several ocassions, but Wright and Moorer hit 3-pointers and Whitny Edwards had a jumper in an 8-2 run for Virginia to end the half.
The game was billed as Hot Dog Day, with every fan receiving a voucher for a free hot dog and drink as part of a promotion to draw the largest crowd in program history. The previous mark of 11,174 was set Feb. 5, 1986 when Virginia played North Carolina at its old arena.