The Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Boston College, 74-59, in the first round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. The No. 10 Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak to earn a second-round matchup with No. 7 Georgia Tech Thursday at 6 p.m.
Virginia (14-16, 7-10 ACC) sank nine of 20 three-pointers, grabbed 37 rebounds to Boston College’s 24 and finished with nine players in the scoring column. The team was led by senior guard Ataira Franklin, who put up 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
Coach Joanne Boyle leaned on her trio of senior captains, with Franklin and fellow guards Kelsey Wolfe and Lexie Gerson logging a combined 104 minutes of court time. Virginia’s veterans came through strongly, hitting eight of the team’s three-point field goals and pulling down 16 rebounds. The Cavaliers’ work on the glass — junior forward Sarah Imovbioh and sophomore guard Faith Randolph teamed up for 13 more rebounds — proved decisive in the shot attempts column, where Virginia was plus-14.
Virginia recovered from its recent second-half woes, taking a 35-28 lead into the break and extending its advantage from there. Boston College (12-19, 3-14 ACC) never got closer than seven in the final 20 minutes, and after Eagles sophomore guard Nicole Boudreau hit a three-pointer to cut Virginia’s lead to 40-33 with 17:08 to play, the Cavaliers reeled off five unanswered points.
Randolph, the Cavaliers’ second-leading scorer, was named the ACC’s Sixth Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches earlier in the day.
—compiled by Matthew Morris