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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Virginia women’s basketball team dropped a road game at No. 6 Ohio State, 74-46, Thursday night at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The game was part of the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

With the loss, Virginia’s record is now 4-4 overall. The Buckeyes remained undefeated and improved to 6-0.

Sophomore Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) was the Cavaliers’ leading scorer with 11 points, followed by classmate Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) with 10 points. Egwu added seven rebounds.

Ohio State led much of the first half, but Virginia pulled to within three points, 25-22, on a 3-pointer by Gerson with 4:53 left in the stanza. The Buckeyes ended the half on a 15-4 run, however, to take a 40-26 lead at the break.

Jantel Lavender led Ohio State with 14 points and eight rebounds at halftime to help OSU to a 27-14 advantage on the boards in that half.

In the second half, the Cavaliers cut the lead to 12 on two occasions but got not closer.

Lavender finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Buckeye point guard Samantha Prahalis with 14 points and eight assists.

The Cavaliers were out-rebounded, 47-35.

The Cavaliers dropped to 3-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, having entered the Ohio State contest with an undefeated record in the event. In the all-time series with Ohio State, Virginia dropped to 1-6.

Next, Virginia returns to John Paul Jones Arena for a three-game homestand. First up is Drexel on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

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