Seminoles Hold Off No. 16 Virginia, 80-75
Courtney Ward led the Seminoles with 18 points. (File Photo)

Courtney Ward led the Seminoles with 18 points. (File Photo)

Jan. 23, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Courtney Ward scored 18 points and Tanae Davis-Cain had 16 as No. 22 Florida State held off a second-half rally by No. 16 Virginia and won 80-75 Friday night. It was the Seminoles' eighth consecutive victory.

Florida State (17-4, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), off to its best start in ACC history, led by 13 and held on even when the Cavaliers kept pulling to within a point.

Virginia (15-4, 2-2) got within one twice in the final minute, first on a free throw by Chelsea Shine and later on a putback with 11.3 seconds left. But Jacinta Monroe answered the first time by making both ends of a one-and-one with 20.5 seconds left, and Mara Freshour hit a pair of free throws with 9.9 seconds to play, giving the Seminoles a 78-75 lead that held up.

Monica Wright led Virginia with 24 points and Lyndra Littles added 21.

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