Women’s basketball defeats Boston College to extend winning streak to eight

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Virginia sophomore guard Jocelyn Willoughby led all scorers with 18 points in Thursday night's match against Boston College.

Richard Dizon | Cavalier Daily

Virginia women’s basketball took care of business on the road Thursday night, traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to defeat Boston College, 68-57. The victory marks eight straight for the Cavaliers (12-6, 5-0 ACC) who have hit their stride at the perfect time, right at the beginning of ACC play.

After taking an early lead in the opening five minutes of play, Virginia took control of play and led throughout the remainder of the contest. The Eagles (6-10, 1-2 ACC) kept the game tight for most of the second quarter, but the Cavaliers jumped out to a hefty 38-21 halftime lead.

Sophomore guards Dominique Toussaint and Jocelyn Willoughby controlled most of the first half scoring, combining for 21 points. Willoughby continued to shoot well in the third quarter, totaling 16 points and 8 rebounds after three.

With just under five minutes in the final quarter, senior guard J’Kyra Brown joined Toussaint and Willoughby as the third Cavalier in double-figure scoring. Virginia had to stifle multiple Eagle runs, including a pair of three pointers to cut the lead to 10 late.

Virginia’s fantastic shooting from the field, free throw line and behind the three point line preserved the double-digit victory as they walked away with the win. They shot 50 percent overall for the second straight contest and added six threes on 14 attempts.

The eight-game winning streak matches the longest run since winning eight straight in the 2008-09 season. 

After another impressive victory, Virginia will begin to get Top 25 votes and will not be held out of the rankings long if they continue to knock off one ACC opponent after another.

The Cavaliers travel to Durham, N.C. Sunday to take on No. 16 Duke for their second road game in a row. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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