CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (8-12, 2-5 ACC) fell 52-42 to Wake Forest (10-10, 1-6 ACC) on Sunday (January 27) at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
Junior guards Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) had her second-straight 19-point scoring performance to lead the Cavaliers. Ivana Raca scored 21 points to pace the Demon Deacons. Virginia shot 25.9 percent (15-of-58) while Wake Forest shot 37.0 percent (20-of-54). Wake Forest outrebounded the Cavaliers, 48-33.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Wake Forest mounted an 11-2 run in the first quarter to build up an early nine-point lead. Virginia narrowed the gap to four after back-to-back steals and layups from junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) and Toussaint, but Wake responded by hitting back-to-back threes, building up a 27-15 halftime advantage. After trailing by as many as 17, a three-pointer from Toussaint made it a 38-27 game with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter. The Cavaliers added four more points to build up a 9-0 run to close out the half. The Cavaliers made it a four-point game, 44-40, on a layup from Toussaint with 4:21 remaining, but the Deacons ended an 0-of-6 shooting drought by making an and-one on the opposite end to go back up by seven. Ivana Raca hit a three for Wake with 1:17 remaining to put the Demon Deacons up 50-42.
- Dominique Toussaint’s 19 points matched her career high. It was the fourth time this season and fifth time in her career she reached that mark
- Toussaint scored Virginia’s first five points and started the game 3-of-4 from the floor. The rest of the team was 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) in that same span
- Virginia had 11 steals, its second-highest total of the season
- Sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.) had a career-high five steals
- The Cavaliers forced Wake to turn over the ball 22 times
- Virginia had five turnovers in the first quarter and six for the rest of the game
- The Cavaliers started the first quarter going 1-of-8 from the field and the second quarter 0-of-6
- The Cavaliers were 2-of-8 from the free throw line in the first half, including going 0-of-4 in the first quarter. The Cavaliers were 7-of-8 from the line in the second half
- The Cavaliers have back-to-back road games next week, traveling to play at No. 13 Syracuse on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., and No. 23 Miami on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
- Virginia returns home on Thursday, Feb. 7 to host Boston College at 7 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