Virginia Falls to St. Joseph's, 74-67
Dec. 18, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The City of Brotherly Love wasn’t too friendly to the Virginia women’s basketball team Friday night as the Cavaliers dropped a 74-67 decision to host St. Joseph’s in the final game of a five-game road swing.
Virginia fell to 3-4 overall, while the Hawks improved to 4-2.
“I was very disappointed in the way we defended,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan, who mixed up her starting line-up. “We just didn’t finish in the last two minutes.”
In the first half, Virginia trailed by 10 points, but came back to tie the score at 34-34 at intermission.
In the second half, the Cavaliers jumped ahead by four, 45-41 with 11:48 to go. The Hawks utilized a 7-2 run to regain the lead. Up by one, 63-62 with 2:32 remaining, SJU closed out the game on a 11-5 run for the win.
Two freshmen paced the Cavs in their first career starts. Forward Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) netted a career-best 23 points and eight rebounds, while guard Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) added a career-high 11 points, including three treys.
St. Joe’s had three players in double digits, led by Ayahna Cornish’s 17 points.
Overall, the Cavaliers out-rebounded the Hawks, 36-33.
Virginia returns home to host Wagner on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. All of the Cavaliers’ games can be heard on WINA Radio (1070 AM) and on the Virginia website at www.VirginiaSports.com (click on the game schedule).
1 2 - FinalVirginia (3-4) 34 33 - 67St. Joseph's (4-2) 34 40 - 74
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