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Wolfe, Virginia top Penn, 68-65 in Philadephia

The Virginia women’s basketball team escaped with a victory in Philadelphia Monday evening, using a strong second half to down Penn, 68-65.

The Quakers (0-2, 0-0 ACC) dominated much of the first half, leading by as much as 15 points. Cavalier redshirt sophomore forward Sarah Beth Barnette’s three-pointer at the end of the first half — one of only two three pointers for the Cavaliers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) all game — made the score 35-23 at the break.

The second half belonged to Virginia and junior guard Kelsey Wolfe. Wolfe, who had just four points in the first half, poured in 18 points in the second period to finish with a career-high 22 points. Wolfe’s layup with just two minutes remaining gave the Cavaliers their first lead, except for a brief 20 seconds earlier in the half when Wolfe scored a free throw, since the score was 2-0 in the game’s opening minutes. Junior guard Ataira Franklin put Virginia ahead for good with 1:30 remaining, and senior forward Telia McCall added a layup to seal the victory.

Despite being without starting center senior Simone Egwu, the Cavaliers dominated on the boards. Wolfe led the team with nine rebounds and Virginia outrebounded Penn 40-28. Virginia also made 16-of-18 free throws, including 14 in the decisive second half.

Virginia will next take on Providence at John Paul Jones Arena Sunday looking to improve to 3-0 for a second consecutive season.


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