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ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Virginia women’s basketball team fell to No. 17 Iowa State, 66-48, in the Cavaliers’ opening game of the Paradise Jam Thursday in the Virgin Islands. Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) was UVa’s leading scorer with 11 points.

With the loss, Virginia’s record went to 3-2. Iowa State improved to 4-0 with the victory.

For the second-consecutive contest, Virginia found itself facing an early deficit. After a lay-up by the Cyclones’ Chassidy Cole with 3:53 left in the first half, Iowa State took a 30-15 lead. The Cyclones extended that lead to 40-19 at halftime.

In the first stanza, Virginia shot 7-for-27 from the field and 1-for-12 from behind the 3-point line. Iowa State, meanwhile, shot 64 percent from the field (14-for-22) and 54 percent from 3-point range (7-for-13) during the first half.

Iowa State opened the second half on a 15-2 run and then took its largest lead of the contest, 58-25, at the 10:33 mark.

Facing a 33-point deficit, Virginia rallied to cut the Cyclone lead 17 points, 61-44, on a lay-up by Moorer with 3:19 left, but the Cavaliers got no closer.

Moorer was the Cavaliers’ leading scorer for the third-consecutive game, while sophomore guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) chipped in 10 points.

Virginia was out-rebounded, 38-32.

Kelsey Bolte led Iowa State with 15 points and four rebounds, followed by Hallie Christofferson with 11 points. The Cyclones connected on nine 3-pointers, as Bolte and Kelsey Harris each finished with three.

Virginia continues action at the Paradise Jam when it faces No. 10 WVU on Friday (Nov. 25) at 1 p.m. (eastern time).

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