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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Virginia utilized second half pressure for a 59-39 win at Seton Hall on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers improved to 5-1 overall, while Seton Hall fell to 2-5.

In the first half, the teams battled until UVa jumped ahead by eight points, 18-10 with five minutes to go in the half. The Cavaliers led by eight points at intermission, 25-17.

After going 0-8 from 3-point range in the first half, Virginia opened up second-half play with back-to-back threes from junior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Denesha Kenion (Oxon, Md.). UVa then went on a 16-4 run to go ahead by 20 points, 41-21 with 15 minutes to go. The Cavaliers then held the Pirates to two points while scoring 10 of their own over a three-minute span.

“I felt we were playing too slow,” said head coach Debbie Ryan of her team’s first-half performance. “We needed to pick up the pace.”

Junior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and McGuire paced the Cavaliers with 14 points each. Sophomore Takisha Granberry (Charlotte, N.C.) grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.

The only Seton Hall player in double figures was Heta Korpivaara with 12 points.

Overall, Seton Hall out-rebounded Virginia, 38-37. UVa forced 25 turnovers.

Virginia takes an 11-day break for final exams before travelling to Richmond on Sunday, Dec. 18 for a 2 p.m. contest.


			1	2	-	FinalVirginia (5-1)		25	34	-	59Seton Hall (2-5)	17	22 	-	39
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