Virginia Rolls Past Virginia Tech, 72-37
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team defeated in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech, 72-37, Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 12-9 overall, 1-4 in the ACC and 10-2 at home this season.
It was Virginia’s most lopsided ACC victory since an 82-41 victory over Maryland on Jan. 5, 2001.
The loss dropped Virginia Tech’s record to 9-10 overall and 0-5 in conference action.
Every Cavalier that saw playing time scored at least a point. Junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) was UVa’s leading scorer for the third-consecutive game with 16 points and notched her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) chipped in 11 points and was 3-of-4 from the field, while junior Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 points and three rebounds.
Virginia jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. After leading 28-19 at halftime, UVa stretched its lead in the second stanza to 35-25 with 16:36 left.
At that point, the ‘Hoos went on a 12-0 run to take a 47-25 lead at the 13:01 mark on a jumper by Shine. The Cavaliers continued to expand their lead and won by a final margin of 72-37.
It was the ninth-consecutive victory for Virginia over Virginia Tech in women’s basketball.
Virginia Tech’s leading scorer was Alyssa Fenyn with 12 points.
It was Virginia Tech’s lowest-ever point total against an ACC opponent. The Hokies’ previous low was 38 points on Jan. 21, 2010 at sixth-ranked Duke.
The game was part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Virginia. Former Virginia All-ACC track performer and current varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School, Natalie Randolph, was honored at halftime as part of the celebration.
Virginia hits the road for its next two ACC games – Friday (Jan. 28) at North Carolina and Sunday (Jan. 30) at Clemson.