The No. 22 Virginia women's basketball team won a back-and-forth shootout 57-55 against Georgia Tech yesterday afternoon, extending the Cavaliers' win streak to three games. Senior guard Monica Wright led the Cavaliers with 23 points, the 12th time this season she has scored more than 20 points in a game.
The Cavaliers (14-5, 3-2 ACC) withstood a late surge by Georgia Tech (16-5, 2-3 ACC) to hang on for the victory. With Virginia ahead 57-54, sophomore guard Whitny Edwards committed a foul with one second left in the game, preventing the Yellow Jackets from taking a potentially game-tying three-point shot.
The game leading up to those closing seconds saw several changes in momentum. The Yellow Jackets took an early lead, going up 20-7 11 minutes into the game. Virginia stormed back with 14 straight points, however, to lead 21-20. But by halftime, the Cavaliers were down by one point, 25-26.
In the second half, though, Virginia mobilized quickly, reclaiming the lead and going up 13 points before the Yellow Jackets clawed their way back into the game during the final minutes with a 17-6 run.
Aside from Wright, a few underclassmen also contributed key performances in Virginia's win. Freshman guard Lexie Gerson, who has entered the starting lineup in recent games, overcame 3-for-11 shooting to score 10 points and add four assists. Edwards, in addition to the key foul, added nine points and 10 rebounds, while her twin sister, sophomore forward Britny Edwards, tacked on eight points.
-compiled by Dan Stalcup