No. 24 Virginia Cruises Past Clemson, 82-60
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) moved into fifth place on the ACC’s all-time scoring list and No. 24 Virginia defeated visiting Clemson, 82-60, Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
With the victory, Virginia improved to 16-6 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson’s record fell to 11-13, 2-6 in the league.
Wright finished with 25 points, bringing her career total to 2,293. Already Virginia’s all-time leading scorer, Wright moved into sole possession of fifth place in the history of the ACC. She passed former North Carolina guard Ivory Latta (2003-07; 2,285 points). Fourth place on the league’s all-time scoring list is occupied by NC State’s Linda Page (1982-85; 2,307 points).
It was Wright’s 14th 20-point performance of the season, but in a balanced offensive effort from the Cavaliers there were three other double-figure scorers. Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) had 13 points and six rebounds, followed by Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) with 11 points and six boards.
Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) scored 10 points, her fourth-consecutive double-digit scoring effort.
Wright was a stellar 10-for-15 from the field and added five steals and three assists. She scored 16 of her 25 points in the first half.
Virginia never trailed after the 14:45 mark in the first half, gradually pulling away for its fifth conference win of the year.
Clemson was led by Lele Hardy’s 19 points and five steals. Keyrra Gillespie added 10 points for the Tigers.
Virginia won its seventh-straight game in the series with Clemson and its third-consecutive home game at JPJA.
Next up, Virginia hits the road for two games – Feb. 8 at Maryland and Feb. 11 at Miami.