Jan. 30, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Lyndra Littles scored 30 points, Monica Wright had 28 and No. 19 Virginia rallied for a 89-81 victory against No. 8 Maryland on Friday night.

Aisha Mohammed added 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers (17-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 13 in the second half but used a huge run to take command.

They beat a team ranked in the top 10 for the second time this season. In mid-November, Virginia became only the 10th visiting team to win at then-No. 5 Tennessee.

Maryland (16-4, 4-2) arrived having beating North Carolina in its last game and riding a three-game winning streak, but lost for the first time in seven meetings with Virginia.

Marissa Coleman led the Terrapins with 19 points. Demauria Liles added 18 and Kristi Toliver 17 - though Toliver made just three of her last 11 shots after making her first four.

Trailing 69-59 with 7 minutes left, Maryland went on a 9-3 run to pull within four, but Wright made a 15-footer and Littles followed a turnover with a pair of free throws. The teams essentially traded points the rest of the way, with the Cavaliers' scores coming at the foul line.

The Terps scored seven of the first nine points after halftime to open a 46-33 lead, their largest of the game, before Littles and Wright brought Virginia back and into the lead.

Littles scored 11 points and Wright 10 in a 23-8 burst that gave the Cavaliers a 56-54 lead, before Toliver put Maryland back ahead with a 3-pointer just 17 seconds later.

But Virginia didn't let up. Littles took a feed from Mohammed for a layup, the Terps turned it over, and Mohammed made it 60-57. After another Maryland turnover, Wright collected a long rebound and fed Littles inside, and Littles then followed a miss by the Terps by hustling for her own rebound and scoring, the ball dropping as the referee signaled a foul.

She made the shot, and Wright's basket after two Terps misses gave Virginia a 67-57 lead.

The Cavaliers had outscored Maryland 34-11 over a span of fewer than 9 minutes.

Neither team led by more than three in the first half until Maryland broke a 25-all tie by going on a 9-0 run. It scored on three drives, a putback and a free throw. And they did it without Toliver, their leading scorer, who sat the last 13 minutes with two personal fouls.

Mohammed's basket at the buzzer pulled Virginia within 39-31 at the break.