No. 1 Virginia routs West Virginia

SEATTLE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Heather Burge scored a career-high 32 points and Heidi Burge added 22, also a career best, to lead top-ranked Virginia to a 103-83 victory over No. 14 West Virginia in last night's NCAA women's East Regional semifinals.

Rosemary Kosiorek, who played at Mercy High, paced West Virginia with 27 points.


The Cavaliers broke the record for most points scored in a semifinal game. The old mark was held by Tennessee, which defeated Long Beach State, 94-80, in 1989.

Virginia used a 10-4 run to take a 15-8 lead. Heidi Burge capped the run with a steal and a jumper from the lane with 15:55 left in the half.


Heather Burge, who like her twin is a 6-foot-5 junior, scored five points during a 7-0 spurt that widened Virginia's lead to 24-12.

Heather Burge scored 18 first-half points, and Tammi Reiss added 14 to lead Virginia to a 54-31 halftime lead.

The Mountaineers (25-4) managed just 38 percent field-goal shooting in the first half to the Cavaliers' 60 percent.

Virginia also converted eight of the Mountaineers' 10 first-half turnovers into field goals.

Vanderbilt 77, Miami 67


Shelley Jarrard scored a career-high 26 points, and Donna Harris added 16 to pace No. 13 Vanderbilt over No. 6 Miami in the semifinals of the East Regional.

Vanderbilt stopped the nation's longest winning streak. Miami (30-2) had won 30 straight after losing its season opener to Florida State.


Jarrard, who averages 9.0 points, took control of the second half. She racked up 24 points after halftime, including four three-pointers, as the Commodores (22-8) rallied from a six-point deficit.

Jarrard hit the first of her four three-pointers with 13:37 to go in the second half to spark a 9-0 run.

She capped the run with another three-pointer to give the Commodores a 48-45 lead, their first lead since 11:02 to go in the first half.

The Hurricanes answered with a three-pointer from Frances Savage. But Harris got a three-pointer of her own with 10:34 remaining to give Vanderbilt a lead it would never relinquish.

The Commodores continued to roll and took a 67-57 lead with 5:35 to play.

"We just started playing basketball in the second half," Vanderbilt coach Jim Foster said. "In the first half we were tentative and very passive. We played on our heels."


Heidi Gillingham had 15 points for Vanderbilt.

Vicki Plowden paced Miami with 28 points and Savage added 16.

SW Mo. State 83, UCLA 57


Melody Howard's 19 points led a balanced offense, as eighth seed Southwest Missouri State upset UCLA to advance to the Midwest Regional finals.

Southwest Missouri (30-2) ousted the fifth-seeded Bruins (21-10) using a fast-break offense and man-to-man defense. The Bears took a 37-22 lead at halftime, as Howard scored 12 points in the first half.


The Bears took an 8-0 lead while UCLA failed to score until Nicole Anderson's basket with 14:49 left in the half. Southwest

Missouri led by as many as 16 before halftime.

USC 61, Stephen F. Austin 57

Lisa Leslie scored 25, including the go-ahead basket with a little more than two minutes left, as Southern Cal (23-7) beat Stephen F. Austin (28-3) in a West Regional semifinal game.

Leslie intercepted Deneen Parker's pass and drove the length of the floor for a layup and a 56-55 lead.

5) The Trojans never trailed after that.