Women's basketball string together strong performances over break
Team starts ACC play, goes 6-2 in last month
The Virginia women’s basketball team (11-5, 3-2 ACC) had a successful winter break, going 6-2 in the last month. After dropping two consecutive games before the break for exams, the Cavaliers rebounded well to put together strong performances as they started ACC play.
Virginia 54, Coppin State 44
Junior guard Kelsey Wolfe led the way for the Cavaliers, scoring 14 points and draining two late 3-pointers. Senior center Simone Egwu added a double-double, and the Cavaliers dominated the Eagles on the boards, outrebounding them 45-20.
Alabama 73, Virginia 70 (2OT)
It took two overtimes, but Alabama used four late free throws to top the Cavaliers in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wolfe sparked Virginia again with a team-high 16 points. With 29 seconds left in regulation, Cavalier sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh tied the game at 58 with a jumper, sending it into overtime. In the first extra session, Virginia held the lead late, but a 3-pointer from Alabama sophomore guard Daisha Simmons with three seconds remaining evened the score at 66. In the final overtime, the Crimson Tide finally eked out the victory.
Virginia 66, Norfolk State 23
The Cavaliers dominated all facets of the opening game of the Cavalier Classic, allowing the Spartans just six points in the first half. Behind 16 points from Egwu and 12 each from junior guard Ataira Franklin and Imovbioh, Virginia was never troubled by the Spartans, who shot just 22 percent from the floor.
Virginia 54, Xavier 45
In the Cavalier Classic final, four Cavaliers scored in double figures to produce a balanced attack. Senior forward Telia McCall scored 10 points and was named the tournament MVP in the Cavaliers’ last non-conference game. Virginia finished 8-3 outside the ACC.
Virginia 52, Virginia Tech 48
Senior guard China Crosby scored five of her team-high 16 points in the final minute to help Virginia hold on for a thrilling win. Virginia held a 10-point lead at halftime, but the Hokies cut the deficit to one with 54 seconds to play. Virginia used timely free throws to ice the game and secure its first ACC win.
Miami 58, Virginia 52
Despite an 18-point performance from Wolfe and a double-double from McCall, the Cavaliers were not able to get past a tough Hurricane team on the road. Miami senior guard Stephanie Yderstrom tallied 17 points, and the Hurricanes used five 3-pointers to edge Virginia.
Virginia 62, Georgia Tech 51
Three Cavaliers scored at least 16 points, and Virginia controlled the boards to even its ACC record at 2-2. McCall continued her recent strong play, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Egwu added a 15-rebound performance.
Virginia 78, NC State 59
The Cavaliers used a massive second-half scoring outburst to defeat the Wolfpack at home. Down 32-30 at halftime, Virginia outscored NC State by 48-27 in the second half. McCall was impressive again, notching her third consecutive double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Wolfe added 24 points, and the team had four players in double figures in its second-highest scoring output this season.