Virginia Blasts Wagner, 87-53, at University Hall
Dec. 20, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia got back on the winning track Saturday afternoon with a 87-53 victory over Wagner at University Hall.
UVa improved to 4-4 overall, while the Seahawks fell to 3-5. The Cavaliers’ 87 points are the most in three seasons since beating St. Francis 116-63 on Nov. 20, 2000.
In the first half, Virginia made the first bucket, a three-pointer by senior Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.), and never looked back. UVa went ahead by as many as 13 points, 23-10 with 10:22 to go. The Cavaliers held a 4 0-33 halftime edge.
In the second half, Virginia utilized a 12-0 run to surge ahead. UVa limited Wagner to just 20 second-half points.
“We definitely picked up the intensity,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan . “Our confidence had been wavering a little bit. We gave everyone some good playing time today.”
Junior Kate Kreager (Oak Hill, Va.) paced UVa with a career-high 16 points and and career-best eight rebounds. In her second career start, freshman Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) added a career-high 14 points, including a career-tying three treys. Freshman Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and Prillaman finished with 10 point apiece.
“She was trying to set the tone defensively,” Ryan said of Kreager. “She set a great example.”
“Brenna’s a very solid player and great shooter,” Ryan added. “I’m really pleased with her play so far.”
Vanessa Wyffels was the top Seahawk with 23 points, while Joy Gallagher added 15 points.
Overall, UVa out-rebounded Wagner, 46-31.
Virginia hosts the Cavalier Classic at University Hall on Dec. 28-29. Uva opens with Temple, coached by three-time Virginia All-American Dawn Staley, on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m., while Georgia State and Minnesota tangle at 4:30 p.m. WINA (1070 AM) broadcasts all the Cavalier games on the radio and the UVa website.
1 2 - FinalWagner (3-5) 33 20 - 53Virginia (4-4) 40 47 - 87