No. 15 Virginia Gets Past Indiana, 84-79
FREEPORT, The Bahamas – The 15th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team had five scorers in double figures and Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) had a double-double as the Cavaliers defeated Indiana, 84-79, at the Junkanoo Jam on Thursday.
Wright scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the ninth of her career. Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 17 points and five rebounds, while China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) added 12 points and seven assists.
Virginia (4-1) advances to the championship game of the Reef Division of the Junkanoo Jam and will face South Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.
With the score tied at 15-15 at the eight-minute mark of the first half, Virginia made its move and put together an 8-0 run to take a 23-15 lead on a 3-pointer by Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.). From there, the Cavaliers continued to build separation and eventually took a 40-24 lead at halftime.
Wright had 12 first-half points, while Whitny Edwards hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first stanza.
In the second half, Indiana opened the period on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to single digits, 40-31, with 18:46 left in the game. The Hoosiers cut the Cavalier lead to two at two different points of the game, but never got closer. Virginia won by a final score of 84-79.
Indiana (3-2) was led by Jori Davis with 33 points and Lindsay Whitney with 15 points.
Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Kellum added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Virginia improved to 2-0 all-time vs. Indiana and 2-1 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam.