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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Virginia women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive effort and a second-half scoring run to shake off Hofstra and win its season-opener, 82-66, on the road Friday night (Nov. 12).

Virginia improves to 1-0 on the season, while Hofstra’s record moves to 0-1. Virginia now has won six-consecutive season-openers dating back to 2005-06.

The Cavalier frontcourt of sophomore Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) and freshman Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) was impressive for the ‘Hoos down low, as Egwu tallied a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Pitts hauled down a team-high 17 rebounds to go with six points.

Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) was the Cavaliers’ leading scorer with 16 points. Rookie Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) had her first-career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Virginia held a slim 32-30 lead at halftime and the score remained close until a final tie at 47-47 with 11:57 left in the second half. At that point, Virginia put together a 26-7 run to take its largest lead of the game, 73-54, with 4:03 left.

Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) contributed 14 points for UVa.

Hofstra was led by Kate Loper’s 17 points.

The contest was the first women’s basketball meeting between Virginia and Hofstra.

The Cavaliers return to John Paul Jones Arena for a home contest against Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday (Nov. 14). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m., and there will be a postgame autograph session with the student-athletes.

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