Virginia beats Boston College in WNIT

Posted March 24, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.

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

The Cavaliers (19-15), who lost 73-50 to the Eagles here 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 9 seconds left to clinch it.

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

Crosby and Franklin each scored nine for the Cavaliers, and Franklin had 10 rebounds,

Virginia will host either Florida or Charlotte in the quarterfinals on Saturday night.

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