(16) Virginia 83

(2-0, 1-0 away)

(5) Tennessee 82

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2008

    1 2 T
    #16UVA 35 4883
    #5TENN 43 3982

    Top Performers

    Virginia: M. Wright 35 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Stl

    Tennessee: G. Johnson 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Millner nails FT in final seconds as Virginia shocks Tennessee

    Associated Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Virginia coach Debbie Ryan doesn't have many fond memories of Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Fast Facts

    • The Lady Vols become the third top-6 team to lose in the last four days as the Cavaliers snapped the nation's longest win streak (15 games).

    • It was only Virginia's second win in 13 all-time meetings with Tennessee and their first in Knoxville (previously 0-4).

    • It was Tennessee's earliest loss since losing the opener of the 2002-03 season.

    -- ESPN research

    That all changed Monday night when Monica Wright scored 35 points and Britnee Millner made a free throw with 6.4 seconds left to help Virginia (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) upset Tennessee (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) 83-82.

    Ryan coached her first Final Four game at the arena in 1990 against Stanford and she didn't come out victorious.

    "Ever since then when I've returned it was usually just a complete drubbing, so I was pretty surprised to see our team step up like they did."

    It was easier with Wright's dominating performance.

    Trading Places

    With Monday's loss to Virginia, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt surrendered the title of winningest active coach to her rival, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma.

    Highest Winning Percentage
    Active D-I Women's Coaches
    W L Win Pct
    Geno Auriemma, Connecticut 658 122 .844
    Pat Summitt, Tennessee 984 183 .843
    Stefanie Pemper, Navy 236 49 .828
    Tara VanDerveer, Stanford 725 189 .793
    Gail Goestenkors, Texas 421 112 .790

    "Monica Wright's performance tonight was just absolutely incredible. I mean, she just willed us to win," Ryan said. "She just put us on her back and carried us to victory."

    Trailing 80-75 with 1:44 left, Virginia (2-0) rallied. Wright made a 3-pointer and Whitny Edwards converted a steal to tie the game at 80.

    Alex Fuller gave Tennessee an 82-80 lead with a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left before Wright tied it with a jumper.

    "I was just trying to stay relaxed and not force anything," Wright said. "Coach Ryan settled me down a few times when I was doing too much. I had my team to rebound me if I missed."

    Shekinna Stricklen had a chance to give the Lady Vols the lead, but she missed a jumper with 9 seconds left and then fouled Millner, who made one of two free throws for the win.

    Briana Bass and Glory Johnson scored 13 points each to lead Tennessee (1-1).

    "We know that Virginia is a great team. We didn't play our best. We have a lot of talent on this team and tonight, we weren't using it much," Glory Johnson said after the loss.

    Tennessee held a 43-35 halftime lead, but Virginia rallied in the second half to pull off the upset.

    "We just weren't tough," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. "We just didn't have that competitive drive every possession. We played in spurts. I thought Virginia maintained the intensity throughout the 40 minutes."

    This is only the 19th time Tennessee has been beaten at Thompson-Boling since the arena opened in 1987. Winning in Knoxville was not lost on Wright.

    "This place is legendary," she said. "They've had so many great players here that have made it to the WNBA and are in coaching. It was really important for us to play the team and not be intimidated."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 82
    FG Made-Attempted 33-66 (.500) 26-63 (.413)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-16 (.375) 8-21 (.381)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 22-27 (.815)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 13

    Game Leaders

    PointsM. Wright 35G. Johnson 13
    ReboundsM. Wright 8A. Fuller 8
    AssistsB. Millner 5B. Bass 5
    StealsM. Wright 5B. Bass 3
    BlocksA. Mohammed 1S. Stricklen 2

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