EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (2-5) suffered a 91-66 loss at Michigan State (5-1) on Wednesday in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game played at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.
Sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.) scored a career-high 19 points, including going 5-of-9 from three-point range to lead the Cavaliers offense. Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) had her second-straight double-double, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds. Michigan State was led by Jenna Allen with 21 points, going 10-of-12 from the field. Michigan State shot 56.9 percent (33-of-58) while Virginia was 25-of-55 (45.5 percent). The Spartans had a 32-28 edge in rebounding.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Michigan State came out hot, shooting almost 60 percent in the first quarter (10-of-17, 58.8 percent) to build up a 25-4 lead. The Cavaliers rebounded in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 22-21 in the period, but still went into the break trailing by 20 points. The Spartans opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to put the game out of UVA’s reach.
- Michigan State started the game 5-of-5 from the field, mounting a 12-2 run in the first three minutes of the game
- The Spartans scored the final 13 points of the first quarter with the Cavaliers going scoreless for the final 5:21 of the period
- Virginia started the second quarter by going 5-of-5 from the field, including threes from Tinsley and sophomore guard Khyasia Caldwell (Pocono Summit, Pa.)
- Virginia shot 14.3 percent in the first quarter (2-of-14) and then shot 50.0 percent or better in the subsequent periods, going a combined 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) in the final three quarters
- Caldwell finished the game with a career-high nine points
- Willoughby had her second-straight double-double, the sixth of her career. Her 16 points are a season high. She also had a career-high five assists
- Tinsley’s 19 points are a career high. It is the second time in the last three games that Tinsley scored 16 or more points in a game
- Michigan State scored 48 points in the paint, Virginia had 22
- Virginia went 8-of-8 from the free throw line
- This year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge marks the 12th straight year of the event that pits the two perennially strong conferences against each other
- Virginia is 5-7 in Challenge games and has lost its last six games in the series. UVA’s last win was a 90-68 victory at Minnesota in 2012
- Virginia has three home games next week, hosting Coppin State on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., followed by American on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., and Radford on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
- New this year for all regular-season home games, available reserved single-game tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance, online and via mobile devices, or for $10 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 in advance, online and via mobile devices or $8 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. Courtside seats are $15