After jumping out to a 10-0 lead, the Virginia women’s basketball team faltered in the second half to lose 58-67 against Miami Wednesday night in Coral Gables, Florida.
The Cavaliers (13-6, 3-3 ACC) started off the game with back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore guard Breyana Mason and junior guard Faith Randolph, but the team only made three more from beyond the arc the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes (15-4, 5-1 ACC) missed their first seven shots before a jumper by sophomore guard Jessica Thomas gave her team their first two points of the game. Thomas led her team with 18 points and four steals on the night.
The Hurricanes were in control down low despite the cold shooting start, finishing the first half with six layups to Virginia’s zero as the Cavaliers were beaten in the paint once again. For the game, Miami tallied 36 points in the paint to Virginia’s 14.
With the score at 12-6, the Canes made five straight shots to cut the lead to just one point at 17-16. Miami did not score again for the next four minutes, but still cut Virginia’s early lead down to two by halftime, 27-25.
In the second half, the Cavaliers pushed their lead to eight points, but the Hurricanes continued driving to the basket — their first six made shots in the half were layups. The last of the six, by senior forward Jassany Williams, tied the game at 38-38 at the 12:58 mark. Virginia remained close with the Hurricanes but never got the lead again, as Miami held on to win their second straight in the series between the two teams.
Senior center Sarah Imovbioh and Randolph led the Cavaliers with 14 points each, as Virginia’s bench only scored four points to Miami’s 24.
After finishing their two-game road trip 0-2, the Cavaliers return home Sunday to face Georgia Tech.