Jocelyn Willoughby scored 16 points as the Cavaliers fell 72-59 at No. 23 Miami on Sunday
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (8-14, 2-7 ACC) suffered a 72-59 loss at No. 23 Miami (19-5, 7-2 ACC) on Sunday (February 3) in Coral Gables, Fla.
Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) led the team in scoring with 16 points. Junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luembourg) had a team-high seven rebounds. Beatrice Mompremier led the Hurricanes with 24 points. Emese Hof had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Virginia shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) while Miami shot 54.0 percent (27-of-50). Miami held a 37-33 edge in rebounding.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Miami started the game by scoring an and-one in the first four seconds, the start of a 13-2 run that built into a 22-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers kept pace in a low-scoring second period, with UVA and Miami each adding 10 points apiece in the frame. Willoughby hit a jumper to start the second half, but Mompremier scored six points in a minute span to swing momentum back in the Hurricane’s favor. In the fourth quarter, Willoughby and sophomore guard Khyasia Caldwell (Pocono Summit, Pa.) hit a pair of three-pointers with junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) scoring a transition layup in a 1:18 span to get a once 22-point deficit down to 16, 63-47, but the Hurricanes held on for the victory.
- The Cavaliers scored 39 points in the second half, after scoring 20 in the first
- UVA outscored the Hurricanes 22-19 in the fourth quarter
- The Cavaliers forced 17 Miami turnovers
- Junior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) had seven assists. It was the sixth time this season she dished five or more assists in a game
- Jocelyn Willoughby had her team-leading 15th double-digit scoring performance
- Miami outscored Virginia 42-16 in the paint
- During the Miami’s 13-2 run to start the game, the Hurricanes were 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. They went 1-of-6 the rest of the period
- Miami went 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the first quarter
- Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier scored 14 of Miami’s 21 points in the third quarter
- Miami is ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and is the top team receiving votes outside of the top-25 in the AP poll
On the Horizon
- Virginia returns home on Thursday, Feb. 7 to host Boston College at 7 p.m.
- The Cavaliers close out the homestand by hosting Duke on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The Duke game is also the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, including our annual NGWSD Youth Sports Festival. Before the 2p.m. Virginia women’s basketball game against Duke, we will be hosting a pregame sports festival on the upper concourse from 12:30 – 1:45 p,m. (Note: doors open 30 minutes earlier for this game).
- The festival will include sports stations for youth to visit, including field hockey, golf, rowing, soccer, and volleyball. Youth eighth grade and under completing all of the sports stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be face painting, balloon artist, pop-a-shot, Plinko and a chance to meet Virginia football student-athletes
- 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