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CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 18 Virginia defeated Longwood, 81-40, Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) notched the first double-double of her career, finishing with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Virginia improved to 20-6 on the season, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive year and 23rd time overall during head coach Debbie Ryan’s tenure. The loss dropped Longwood’s record to 7-18.

Egwu led five UVa scorers in double figures, shooting 8-for-12 from the field. Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) chipped in 13 points, followed by Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) with 12, Britny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) with 12 and Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) with 10. Edwards’ 12 points was a career-high.

The Cavaliers led at halftime, 42-24, and improved to 15-1 this year when leading at the break. UVa out-rebounded Longwood, 54-22.

Jayna Hartig (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) played a season-high 24 minutes and contributed six points and three rebounds.

Chelsea Coward led Longwood with 18 points and four rebounds.

Virginia improved to 8-4 all-time against Longwood, and extended its win streak against the Lancers to six games.

Up next for Virginia is a return to ACC action. The Cavaliers host No. 10 Florida State on Monday, Feb. 22. The game will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN).

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