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Cavaliers send Eagles packing

Associated Press / March 25, 2011

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Ariana Moorer scored 15 points and Virginia kept Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan’s career going last night with a 53-48 victory over Boston College in a WNIT matchup at Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers (19-15), who lost, 73-50, to the Eagles in Charlottesville last month, won their third straight since Ryan announced she would step down at the end of her 34th season at Virginia.

The Cavaliers used a 15-4 second-half run to open a 43-33 lead, then held on after the Eagles (20-13) closed to within 50-48 with 32 seconds to go. China Crosby hit two free throws with 26.9 seconds left and Ataira Franklin hit one with nine seconds left to clinch it.

Carolyn Swords had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles.

Crosby and Franklin each scored 9 points for the Cavaliers, and Franklin had 10 rebounds.

Virginia will host Charlotte in the quarterfinals tomorrow night.

Human highlight Connecticut guard Caroline Doty has spent a lot of time this season working on her trick shots.

In a video that became popular on YouTube, the 5-foot-10-inch guard hits them from half court, from the stands, from the arena concourse. But on game days, the junior sharpshooter is relegated to the bench, where she has been sitting all season, recovering from a third tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Doty, who will have two years of eligibility left, says it’s been a frustrating year, but a character-building experience.

And hasn’t been all bad. The Huskies, after all, will play in the regional semifinals in Philadelphia, near where she starred at Germantown Academy. “Who doesn’t want to play in the NCAA Tournament?’’ she said. “But, I try not to show it when I’m around my teammates.’’

Instead, the players say, Doty has made sure she’s still a big part of the Huskies’ quest for a third straight national championship.

“Coach Doty,’’ spends her games on the bench, clipboard in hand, watching, learning, and giving advice when she sees something a player on the court might not.

Coach Geno Auriemma believes Doty has been the most help to herself. Instead of moping about her injury, the third to her left knee since high school, she has been studying the game.

Doty first injured her knee playing soccer in high school in 2007. She tore it again as a freshman, after starting her first 17 games.

Last season, she played in all 39 games, and was one of the Huskies’ top outside threats. When healthy, she has averaged more than 7 points a game, and has scored in double figures 17 times.

“I think Caroline was a really good player as a sophomore because she missed a lot of time as a freshman. But she really didn’t know the game that well at the time,’’ Auriemma said. “Now, I think she’s going to be an unbelievable player next year.’’

Conflicting testimony A young woman accused of fatally stabbing a Middle Tennessee State University player gave police conflicting statements on the night of her arrest, authorities said at a preliminary hearing in Murfreesboro, Tenn., attended by MTSU basketball players.

Prosecutors at the hearing showed a videotape of police interviews with Shanterrica Madden after police found her roommate, Tina Stewart, dead at their apartment March 2. The case has been bound over to a grand jury.

In the videotape, Madden first told police that the two women got into a fight after Stewart called police on Madden for bringing a friend to the apartment who was smoking marijuana. Madden said they shoved and punched each other, but she did not stab Stewart.

“She pounded on my head and I pounded on her face,’’ Madden said in the videotaped interview.

After further questioning by police, the tape indicated, Madden changed her account. Madden said that in the course of their fight, Stewart was beating her head on the floor and so Madden grabbed a kitchen knife that was in Stewart’s room, according to the recording.

On tape, Madden, who has been charged with first-degree murder, said she held the knife in front of her and stabbed Stewart once in the chest and Stewart fell to the floor.