Women’s basketball falls to Rutgers, 52-43

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Sophomore guard Jocelyn Willoughby tried to keep Virginia within reach in the fourth quarter, going on a solo seven-point run to start the quarter.

Richard Dizon | Cavalier Daily

The Virginia women’s basketball team took on Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. for the last game before a short break for final exams.

The Cavaliers (4-6) picked up the 900th win in the program’s history, defeating UNC-Greensboro 68-50 Saturday night. The Cavaliers shot 60 percent from the three-point line in the contest, a welcome sight after struggling offensively in recent contests.

Looking to capture a victory on the road against Rutgers (8-2) Monday, Virginia did not open with the intensity they needed, falling into a quick 9-3 hole. A 7-0 run helped the Cavaliers get back into the contest, enabling them to take a 12-11 first quarter lead.

The second quarter was not so kind to the Cavaliers, who scored only five points and found themselves trailing 26-17 at half. 

Sophomore guard Jocelyn Willoughby tried to keep Virginia within reach in the fourth quarter, going on a solo seven-point run to start the quarter. Rutgers had other plans — going on a 7-2 run to lead 45-37.

Virginia was forced to play the fouling game in the final minutes, trying to squeeze out a few missed Scarlet Knight free throws and turn them into useful possessions on the other end.

Unable to take advantage of their opportunities, the Cavaliers fell 52-43 in their final contest.

After the short recess for final exams, Virginia travels to West Palm Beach, Fla. to take on Ohio Sunday, Dec. 17 and Indiana Monday Dec. 18.

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