Virginia Falls To No. 9 Duke, 71-48
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia was defeated by No. 9 Duke, 71-48, Thursday night in Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball action at John Paul Jones Arena.
Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) was UVa’s high scorer with 14 points and added six rebounds. Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) scored 13 points and pulled down seven boards.
For Duke, Jasmine Thomas led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and dished out a game-high five assists.
The Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Virginia without a field goal for almost 16 minutes in the first half. The Cavaliers (15-14, 4-9) shot 20 percent (13 for 65) from the field for the game.
Tricia Liston made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Duke, which committed 23 turnovers but outrebounded Virginia 55-37.
The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 12-3 surge to close to 37-28, but never got any closer.
It was Senior Night at John Paul Jones Arena and seniors Jayna Hartig (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) were honored prior to the game. Hartig earned the starting nod, the fourth of her career. She finished with two rebounds for UVa. Kellum had a steal, a rebound and two points in 14 minutes of action.
Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) connected on two 3-pointers and finished with eight points and a team-high five steals.
The regular-season concludes on Sunday (Feb. 27) when Virginia travels to Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers-Hokies contest begins at 1 p.m., and will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area).