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Volnaya Lifts Cavs Past Jackets

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Georgia Tech guard Danielle Donehew, left, protects the ball from Virginia guard Renee Robinson during the first half Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

ATLANTA (Feb. 3) – Junior Svetlana Volnaya hit a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds left to lift 24th-ranked Virginia to a 66-65 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball win over Georgia Tech Thursday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum at McDonald’s Center.

Volnaya finished with 13 points and was one of three Cavaliers to score in double figures as Virginia (17-5, 9-1 ACC) won its third straight game. Sophomore Telisha Quarles scored a team-high 17 points for the Cavaliers, and senior Renee Robinson added 16.

Georgia Tech (11-9, 4-6 ACC) used a 7-0 run to take a 58-57 lead with 4:03 to play after being down six with 5:42 left. The two teams traded baskets over the final 4:03, which featured three ties and six lead changes.

Jaime Kruppa put the Jackets up one at 65-64 on a wide open layup with 24 seconds left. After a sequence of timouts, Robinson misfired a three-point attempt and Volnaya was fouled on the follow. Following a Tech timout, Volnaya stepped to the line and sank both free throws.

Tech advanced the ball the length of the floor in the final 3.5 seconds, but did not get a shot off before the final horn.

Tech’s Nina Barlin led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, but she also had 11 turnovers. Senior Danielle Donehew added 15 points for the Jackets, and Kruppa finished with 14.

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