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ST. THOMAS, USVI – Tenth-ranked West Virginia opened the second half on a 9-0 run that broke open a one-point game and went on to defeat Virginia, 57-43, at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) was the Cavaliers’ high scorer with 12 points and added eight rebounds.

Virginia’s record goes to 3-3 with the loss while the Mountaineers remained undefeated and improved to 5-0 on the season.

Holding on to a slim 27-26 lead at the halftime break, West Virginia came out of the locker room and scored nine unanswered points to take a 36-26 lead at the 14:36 mark of the second half.

The Cavaliers cut the lead to five points, 38-33, on a jumper by Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) with 9:38 left to play, but WVU responded and did not let UVa get any closer for the remainder of the game.

The Cavaliers were out-rebounded, 36-35, and committed 29 turnovers compared to West Virginia’s 19.

Shine was 3-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line for her 12 points. Kellum was also in double figures and finished with 10 points and five assists.

Egwu finished with seven rebounds and four points.

Virginia concludes play at the Paradise Jam on Saturday (Nov. 27) with a 1 p.m. (eastern time) contest against No. 21 TCU.

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