(6) Minnesota 73

(10-0, 3-0 away)

Virginia 53

(5-5, 3-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 29, 2003

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    #6MINN 36 3773
    UVA 29 2453

    Whalen adds 31 points for Gophers

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville combined for 53 points as sixth-ranked Minnesota remained unbeaten and defeated Virginia 73-53 Monday night in the Cavalier Classic.

    Whalen led all scorers with 31 points, shooting 53 percent from the field and making 11 of 13 free throws. McCarville was perfect on the game, going 10-for-10, including a couple of free throws to score 22 points. Kadidja Andersson added 13.

    "This was a big win for us and our program," said Minnesota coach Pam Borton. "Our defense has come a long way and we controlled the boards tonight."

    But the Golden Gophers (10-0) were challenged early by the Cavaliers (5-5) in a game that had six ties and four lead changes, mostly in the first half.

    With 7:31 in the half, Virginia led 21-19 before Minnesota went on a 12-2 run. The Gophers led 36-29 at halftime.

    Whalen, voted the tournament's most valuable player, scored 17 points in the first half, while McCarville, an all-tournament selection, had 11.

    The Gophers outrebounded Virginia 43-33, but it was Minnesota's defense that suffocated the Cavaliers, holding them to 24 percent from the field in the second half.

    Virginia coach Debbie Ryan lamented the dismal shooting by her team, which finished 30 percent on the game, including 0-for-13 on 3-pointers.

    Meanwhile, Minnesota shot 55 percent, outscoring Virginia 44-30 in the paint.

    "We missed a lot of shots," Ryan said. "We had a lot of shots rim out tonight."

    LaTonya Blue, who made the all-tournament team, paced the Cavaliers with 13 points and Siedah Williams added 12. Brandi Teamer, another all-tournament selection, had 11.

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