FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Paulisha Kellum scored a career-high 25 points to help Virginia (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) beat South Dakota State 78-66 at the Junkanoo Jam on Friday night.
All-American Monica Wright was held to just eight points, but moved into third place on Virginia's career scoring list passing current assistant coach Wendy Palmer.Virginia (5-1) got out to an early 13-5 lead, but South Dakota State put together an 11-0 run to take a 16-13 lead with 12:46 left in the first half. Another run by the Jackrabbits gave them their biggest lead at 28-20 with 6:22 left.Virginia fought back with a run of its own, however, and capped off an 11-1 run with a layup by Wright to recapture the lead at 31-29. The Cavaliers led 39-34 at the half and the Jackrabbits could get no closer.Kristin Rotert, Maria Boever and Steph Paluch each had 14 points for South Dakota State (2-4).