From UVa athletics:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— The Virginia women's basketball team (13-12, 6-6 ACC) never trailed in an 80-64 victory over Virginia Tech (11-14, 1-11 ACC) on Sunday (Feb. 16) at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
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"It's exciting to get back home and get the win," said Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle. "I felt like we did a good job with ball pressure."
Junior center Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) scored 19 points with nine rebounds helping to lead the Cavaliers to their 16th-consecutive victory over their in-state rival. Senior guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) added 14 points with three assists, three steals and three rebounds.
"We were poised today," Imovbioh said. "The screens for the guards were working and we were hitting our shots. We had confidence in our offense today."
Virginia Tech's Uju Ugoka had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Vanessa Panousis scored 19 points
Virginia jumped out to a 9-0 lead, scoring all of those points off seven turnovers committed by the Hokies in the first 5:03 of the game. The Cavaliers extended the lead to 16-8 on a three-pointer from Franklin with 11:28 remaining. Virginia Tech cut into the deficit, using an 8-0 run to pull within four, 22-18, but a three-pointer by freshman guard Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) halted the Hokie charge. Virginia took a 35-24 lead into the halftime break.
Imovbioh scored six points in the first 2:21 of the second half, including making a wide-open layup from right under the net with 17:39 left in the game, to give UVa a 43-28 advantage. Panousis scored 10 Hokie points in a span of just over three minutes, cutting the Cavalier lead to single digits, 49-41 with 13:10 remaining. Panousis' scoring surge was the start of an 8-of-10 shooting stretch for the Hokies while the Cavaliers went 2-of-13 during that same span, with Virginia Tech pulling to within five, 54-49 with 8:49 remaining. Virginia regained its offensive footing, scoring on eight-straight possessions, including back-to-back baskets from Imovbioh and a three-pointer from redshirt senior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) to take a 71-54 lead with 4:25 remaining.
Virginia had four players finish with double-digit points. In addition to Imovbioh and Franklin, senior guard Kelsey Wolfe scored 12 points with six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) came off the bench to score 11 points with four rebounds and an assist. Mason scored nine points, all in the first half, going 4-of-6 from the field.
Virginia, who leads the ACC in turnover margin, forced 15 Tech turnovers while only turning the ball over six times.
The game was also Virginia's annual Play4Kay game, with both teams wearing pink jerseys in honor of the late Kay Yow, the longtime head coach at NC State.
"Kay laid the foundation and the groundwork for all of us in the sport," Boyle said. "She was so passionate about coaches and players. The pink game is a celebration of basketball and bringing people together and ultimately raising awareness for cancer research and is a great legacy of hers."
It was the 16th consecutive victory for the Cavaliers over the Hokies with Virginia's last loss in the series coming in a 60-58 game in Charlottesville on Feb. 15, 2007.
Next up, the Cavaliers will host No. 17/10 North Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.
From VT athletics:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Uju Ugoka and Vanessa Panousis combined for 40 points, but the Virginia Tech women's basketball team was unable to overcome Virginia, dropping an 80-! 64 decision on Sunday afternoon in ACC action at John Paul Jones Arena.
Ugoka tallied game-highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season for the Hokies (11-14, 1-11 ACC). Panousis scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half while handing out a game-high seven assists. Hannah Young chipped in 14 points.
The Hokies got off to a sluggish start as Virginia took the early 9-0 lead after almost four minutes of play. UVa extended its lead and was up 22-10 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half before the Hokies answered with an 8-0 run bookended by three-pointers from Young, cutting the lead down to 22-18 with 7:33 on the clock. Virginia maintained its lead and took the 35-24 advantage in to the break.
UVa extended the lead coming out of the break, taking the 17-point, 45-28 advantage after three minutes of play. Tech again responded as Panousis hit back-to-back three pointers and Young chipped in one of her own as the Hokies cut it down to 10 (47-37). The ‘Hoos scored the next two, but Panousis followed with back-to-back jumpers as Tech pulled within eight, 51-43 with just over 11 minutes to go.
The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes with UVa holding the 54-46 advantage, but Kelsey Conyers completed a three-point play to cut the Cavaliers' lead down to five (54-49) with 8:49 on the clock. Tech trailed by six (60-54) after Conyers dropped in a three-pointer two minutes later, but UVa answered with an 11-0 run to go up 71-54 with 3:54 to go. The Hokies were unable to rally as UVa secured the win.
"Very disappointed in the starts we had to each halves," said Head Coach Dennis Wolff. "Give credit to Virginia, but we came out [in the first half] not in a good way. We kind of got ourselves righted, but then started the second half the exact same way. I credit the girls because they continued to fight, but we had trouble scoring and I didn't think we were nearly as tough as we needed to be on the defensive glass."
Sarah Imovbioh led Virginia (13-12, 6-6 ACC) with 19 points. Ataira Franklin added 14 points while Kelsey Wolfe and Faith Randolph tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hokies connected on 47.3 percent from the field, hitting 26-of-55 from the field. UVa was 33-of-65 from the field, hitting 50.8 percent. Both teams shot just over 41 percent from outside the arc with Tech connected on 7-of-17 and the ‘Hoos on 5-of-12.
Virginia forced 15 turnovers, resulting in 13 points while only giving the ball up six times for seven points for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech will be back on the court on Thursday, Feb. 20 when the Hokies host ACC newcomer Pittsburgh. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.