CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (7-10, 1-3 ACC) lost 66-38 to No. 8 NC State (17-0, 4-0 ACC) on Sunday (January 13) at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers were led by a 15-point performance from junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.). Willoughby also paced the Cavaliers in rebounding with eight. Two NC State players finished the game with double-doubles with Erika Cassell scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and Kiara Leslie scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. Virginia shot 23.1 percent (12-of-52) while the Wolfpack shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66). NC State held a 48-33 edge in rebounding.
HOW IT HAPPENED
NC State opened the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back, building up a 31-15 advantage at halftime. After falling behind by 28 points with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Virginia made a charge with freshman guard Erica Martinsen (Clarence, N.Y.) hitting a three pointer late in the third. An and-one from Willoughby to start the fourth followed by a fastbreak layup and a three-pointer from junior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) cut the deficit down to 19, but NC State outscored the Cavaliers 17-8 in the final seven minutes of the game.
- Senior forward Moné Jones (Durham, N.C.) scored seven points, including going 5-of-6 from the free throw line
- NC State opened the first quarter on an 11-2 run and the second on an 11-1 run
- Virginia started the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run
- Virginia went 1-of-13 from the field in the second quarter (7.7 percent)
- In the final 4:30 minutes of the second quarter, the two teams combined to make just one field goal, a jumper by Kai Crutchfield with nine seconds remaining
- The Cavaliers had one made field goal in the second quarter, a jumper by Jocelyn Willoughby with 5:04 remaining. The next made field goal by the team was a layup from senior forward Moné Jones with 5:48 remaining in the third, a span of 9:16
- UVA’s 23.1 percent field goal shooting percentage was its lowest of the season. The previous low was 24.6 percent (14-of-57) against Radford
- The 38 points UVA scored was its smallest offensive output since falling 51-36 to Old Dominion on Feb. 3, 1981
- NC State is the only undefeated team remaining in NCAA Division I women’s basketball
- The Cavaliers play another top-10 team on Thursday, traveling to face No. 2 Louisville on January 17 at 7 p.m.
- Virginia’s next home game will be on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m., when the Cavaliers host Wake Forest
- 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