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CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 19 Virginia defeated Furman, 74-43, in women’s basketball action on Tuesday night. Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Cavaliers with 30 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and seven assists.

With the win, Virginia improved to 7-2 on the season. The Paladins’ record went to 2-8.

Wright finished 10-for-16 from the field with two 3-pointers and was 8-for-12 from the charity stripe. It was her third 30-point game of the season. Her nine steals tied a career-high. Wright has now scored 1,990 career points and is chasing Virginia’s all-time scoring record, which was set by Dawn Staley (2,135 points).

Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) matched a career-high with 17 points, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) added nine points and four rebounds.

Virginia jumped out to a 38-15 lead at halftime after a 22-0 run during a span of 12 minutes. After the Paladins tied the score at 8-8 on a layup by Kaitlin Murphy, Virginia rattled off 22 straight points to take a 30-8 lead on a basket by Wright.

In the second half, Virginia led by as many as 31 points and won by a final score of 74-43.

The Cavaliers evened the all-time series with Furman, 1-1, avenging a loss during the 2002-03 season.

Raegan Thompson led Furman with nine points.

Virginia has an 11 day break from competition for final exams. The Cavaliers are back in action on Dec. 20 at Georgia. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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