CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (release) -- Virginia used an 11-0 run overtime to upset the No. 3 Lady Vols, 69-64 at John Paul Jones Arena.
Taber Spani led UT with 22 points while Shekinna Stricklen had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Virginia (4-0) took the game-changing 62-61 lead as Ariana Moorer knocked down a jumper with 2:52 left in regulation to give the Cavaliers their first advantage in the extra session. They extended that lead to three at 64-61 as Chelsea Shine hit a baseline runner with just over two minutes left in overtime.
The Lady Vols (2-1) went scoreless for a span of more than four minutes in overtime as they missed several shots and had multiple turnovers. Crosby made three free throws in the final 1:07 of overtime to extend UVa's run and lead to 67-61.Spani made her second 3-pointer in overtime with four seconds left to bookend the Cavaliers' 11-0 run for the final five-point margin.
The Cavaliers were led by Shine, who had 18 points. Moorer posted 10 points and 10 rebounds. Three others scored in double-figures: Crosby (13), Ataira Franklin (12) and Lexie Gerson (10). The final minutes of regulation were back-and-fourth as the score was tied three times at 54, 56 and 58 before the team headed to overtime.
Isabelle Harrison tied the game at 54 on a jumper with 3:39 left. That was answered by a Chelsea Shine lay-up with 2:27 in the second half to regain a lead for the Cavaliers, 56-54.Stricklen tied the game at 56 on a lay-in off a feed from Ariel Massengale with 1:09 left. She was fouled but missed the chance for the 3-point play. On the ensuing possession, China Crosby canned a shot to regain the lead for UVa, 58-56 with 37 seconds left.
Spani knocked down a baseline jumper with 25 seconds to deadlock the game again at 58. That set the stage for a potential winning shot for Virginia but Ariana Moorer's shot was blocked by Glory Johnson with two seconds left and Massengale hoisted a halfcourt shot at the buzzer that came up short, leading the teams to overtime.The teams were tied at halftime, 29-29.
Tennessee hosts No. 1 Baylor, next Sunday at 2 p.m., in a game that airs on ESPN.
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