BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to in-state ACC rival Virginia, 66-40 on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
The Cavaliers (19-9, 7-7 ACC) were led by Ariana Moorer with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ataira Franklin added 11 points while Jazmin Pitts came off the bench for 10.
“It was an extremely disappointing game,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “It was our worst performance of the year in every area and the fact it came against our arch rival makes it that much more disappointing.”
The Hokies led 12-9 after six minutes of play. A pair of free throws by the Cavaliers cut the lead down to one (12-11) and were the only points scored in a five minute span. UVa ended the field goal drought at the 8:31 mark with a jumper that sparked a 19-4 run, giving the ‘Hoos a 30-16 lead going into the break.
Coming out of halftime, UVa extended it’s lead to 19 (37-18) with 17:20 to go, but the Hokies went on a 9-2 run over the next five minutes to close the gap to 12. The Cavaliers answered, going up by 18 (51-33) with 6:22 on the clock. Virginia Tech would get no closer as UVa outscored the Hokies 15-7 in the final minutes.
Tech protected the ball well notching just 11 turnovers against a UVa team that is fifth in the nation in steals per game (13.8). The Cavaliers had eight steals in the game, but the Hokies notched 14 points of turnovers while UVa had 11. The ‘Hoos held a 39-29 advantage in rebounding and recorded 14 second-chance points to the Hokies’ nine.
The Hokies will be back on the court for their home finale, hosting Georgia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 23 in a 7 p.m. game at Cassell Coliseum.
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