Michigan defeats Virginia 81-71 in OT
Updated: Saturday March 17, 2001 3:25 PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Michigan coach Sue Guevara says she may start giving her halftime speech before games.
The speech worked wonders Saturday as Alayne Ingram, scoreless in the first half, scored a career-high 27 points and LeeAnn Bies scored 11 of her 15 points after halftime as the Wolverines overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Virginia 81-71 for their first NCAA tournament victory in 11 years.
"This win is a step for our program," Guevara said.
Ingram said she was inspired by a comment from her backcourt mate Anne Thorius.
"She said that she didn't want her career to be over today. That's something that's special," Ingram said. "I just felt that in the first half, I didn't come out and do my best to not have her career end today. That was what I tried to do in the second half."
The victory marked the eighth time this season in 16 tries that the eighth-seeded Wolverines (19-11) have trailed at halftime and come back to win. Michigan shot 33.3 percent in the first half, 68 percent in the second half and 83.3 percent (5-6) in overtime.
"The mindset of this team is we don't give up in the second half," Thorius said.
Guevara said she told her team at halftime they weren't attacking.
"If you look at the second half, it was penetration, penetration, penetration," she said. "It was a matter of shot selection and a matter of attacking the basket."
Schuye LaRue hit a 3-pointer for Virginia with 5.9 seconds left in regulation to force the tie, but the Cavaliers made just 3 of 13 shots in overtime.
"We didn't put the lid on it and Ingram just took over in the second half," LaRue said.
The Cavaliers (18-14) opened a 43-26 lead when Telisha Quarles hit a 3-pointer with 16:52 left in the game. The Wolverines responded with a 29-8 run. Ingram started the run with a basket inside with 10:32 left, then after a basket by Jennifer Smith, Ingram hit a pair of 3-pointers for Michigan, which had missed its first six 3-point attempts.
After another basket by Ingram and two more by Smith, Ingram hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to 51-48. Michigan finally took the lead when Raina Goodlow hit a 3-pointer with 5:54 left to make it 53-51. They never trailed again.
"I guess in the end we just couldn't put it away," Quarles said.
Smith scored 20 points for the Wolverines. LaRue led the Cavaliers with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Quarles scored 19 and Marcie Dickson had 14.
Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said the Cavaliers simply couldn't stop Ingram.
"I didn't really have anybody that stepped up to help and try
to stop her," she said.