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CHARLOTTESVILLE A strong defensive effort and four double-figure scorers highlighted Virginia’s 88-43 win over Morehead State Monday night in John Paul Jones Arena. Monica Wright had 17 points and Aisha Mohammed notched her ninth double-double of the year to lead the Cavaliers.

With the win, Virginia improved to 17-5 overall and 11-2 at home this year. Off to its best start since 2004-05 when it also ran out to a 17-5 record, Virginia has won 11 of its last 12 games.

Wright had an impressive outing to lead a balanced attack, grabbing five rebounds and five steals in addition to her 17 points. Mohammed’s double-double included 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sharne Zoll, meanwhile, dished out five assists and scored seven points.

Virginia heated up early, shooting 53.1 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 48-26 lead. Wright scored 15 of her 17 points in the first stanza, and Lyndra Littles was also in double figures with 11 points. Littles finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds.

Morehead State (7-14) could not recover from the large deficit and was held to 17 points in the second half.

The Cavaliers got nearly everyone involved, as Tara McKnight hit three 3-pointers for nine points, Abby Robertson chipped in eight points and six rebounds and Kelly Hartig added six points and two rebounds.

In the backcourt, Britnee Millner saw significant time and took advantage of it, scoring a season-high 10 points in addition to two steals and two assists. Enong Stovall was also effective, netting eight points to go with six boards.

MSU was led by Brandi Rayburn (17 points, six rebounds) and Philnisha Lindsey (eight points).

Virginia gets back to ACC play when it travels to Maryland on Friday, Feb. 8. Tip-off from Comcast Center is 7 p.m. and the game will air on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.

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