The Cavaliers had four players finish the game in double figures. Jocelyn Willoughby grabbed the 500th rebound of her career.
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (6-9, 0-2 ACC) fell 71-65 to Clemson (10-5, 1-1 ACC) on Sunday (Jan. 6) in Clemson, S.C.
The Cavaliers had four players finish the game in double figures, led by junior guards Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) with 16 points and Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) with 15. Willoughby also led the defensive efforts with nine rebounds. Simone Westbook led the Tigers with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Virginia shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58) while Clemson shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60). Virginia held a 38-34 edge in rebounding.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia took a 56-54 lead into the fourth quarter, but the game was tied for the seventh time, 60-60, with four minutes remaining. Junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) made a layup with 3:28 remaining to put the Cavaliers back up 62-60, but Clemson went back ahead, 64-62, on an and-one by Simone Westbrook with 2:10 remaining. The Tigers outscored the Cavaliers 11-3 in the final three minutes of play to pick up their first conference win.
- Two Cavalier forwards also finished them game in double figures: senior Moné Jones (Durham, N.C.) and Lisa Jablonowski scored 10 points apiece
- Jocelyn Willoughby grabbed the 500th rebound of her career with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter. In the last 10 years, seven other UVA players have topped 500 career rebounds including Lauren Moses, who finished her career with 748
- Both Willoughby (10) and Toussaint (12) scored in double figures in the first half
- Sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.) scored six-straight points in a span of 20 seconds in the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer and converting an and-one, to erase a four-point deficit and put UVA up 32-30
- The Cavaliers led 36-34 at halftime and held that same two-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter
- The Tigers started the game 1-of-11 shooting, but then made 12 of their next 13 shots
- In the first half, Clemson scored 16 of its 34 points off turnovers (47.0 percent of its scoring)
- Virginia’s largest lead was a 7-point advantage in the first quarter (13-6); Clemson’s biggest lead was 6 in the second (28-22) until it built up a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter
- Virginia led for 25:23 of the game; Clemson led for 8:36, including the final 2:10 of the game
- Clemson outscored Virginia 19-7 in the fourth quarter
- Virginia had 19 offensive rebounds, scoring 23 second-chance points
- There were five lead changes and seven ties in the game
- The Cavaliers are back at John Paul Jones Arena next week with back-to-back home games, hosting Virginia Tech on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m., and NC State on Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m.
- 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