Jocelyn Willoughby scored 25 points while Dominique Toussaint contributed 16 in the Cavaliers' victory over the Hurricanes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (11-14, 6-8 ACC) picked up a 69-64 victory over Miami (12-12, 4-9 ACC) on Thursday (Feb. 13) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Miami opened the game on an 11-2 run, building up a 22-point lead with 5:27 remaining in the first half. The Cavaliers rallied in the second half, outscoring the Hurricanes 45-22 in the third and fourth quarters to complete the comeback and pick up the victory.
Senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) led the Cavaliers with 25 points with six rebounds. Senior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 16 points.
Kelsey Marshall scored a career-high 25 points for the Hurricanes, with 20 of those coming in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Miami opened the game on an 11-2 run, with a layup from senior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) temporarily halting the run with 5:51 remaining in the period. The Hurricanes scored eight-straight points later in the quarter, with that run halted by a pair of free throws from freshman guard Kylie Kornegay-Lucas (Camden, Del.) with 1:33 remaining. A three-pointer from Williams with 16 seconds left made it a 25-11 game. Miami opened the second period by hitting three three-pointers, extending its lead to 34-13. A layup from Willoughby with 6:17 remaining in the second period ended an 0-of-8 shooting slump to start the quarter. After the Hurricanes built up a 22-point lead with 5:27 remaining, back-to-back layups from Williams and Willoughby narrowed the gap to 37-19 with just under four minutes remaining in the half. The Cavaliers went into the break trailing 42-24.
The Cavaliers rallied in the third quarter. A jumper from Toussaint followed by a fastbreak layup from freshman guard Carole Miller (Alexandria, Va.) and a pair of Willoughby free throws cut the deficit to 13 points. After Miami built back up a 54-36 lead with 5:33 remaining, Willoughby scored four-straight points to begin a 12-0 run for the Cavaliers to end the quarter and make it a 54-48 game. A three-pointer from Willoughby with 6:39 remaining in the game cut the deficit to four, 59-55. A three-pointer from Toussaint with 2:28 remaining cut the deficit to one, 61-60. Forty-two seconds later, Toussaint converted an and-one to give UVA its first lead of the game, 63-61, with 1:46 remaining. After a miss on the opposite end, Jablonowski made a layup to extend the UVA advantage to 65-61 with 1:27 remaining. The Cavaliers went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 31 seconds to close out the victory.
FROM HEAD COACH TINA THOMPSON
“I’m really, really proud of our kids and their fight tonight, especially in the second half coming back and keeping their composure. I am even more excited that I was able to use my postgame speech part B and not part A because part A was not PG-13. Really excited about their effort. It seems like in the first we were kind of playing on our heels and hesitating and not being who we are both defensively and offensively. I know that [the UVA players] had a conversation with themselves just to get back to who they are. Our strategy was just to chip away at the lead. If we could take 10 off of that 18-point deficit then we could put ourselves in a position to win and they did exactly that.”
“[Attacking the rim] was the focus at the beginning too, it’s just that we did it in the second half. We’ve watched hours of film and we knew what was available. Sometimes we get a little jump shot happy and get away from who we are. We have kids that are incredible in their skill set and being able to get to the basket and finish at the rim. It’s why so many teams play us in zone so that we’re not able to get to the basket. But when the opportunities presented themselves in the second half, we were more intentional about getting to the basket and scoring at the rim.”
- Virginia was 22-of-24 (91.7 percent) from the free throw line, including a perfect 15-of-15 in the second half
- The Cavaliers shot 40.0 percent (22-of-55) while Miami shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49)
- Virginia was 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) from the field in the fourth quarter including going 2-of-2 from three-point range
- Jocelyn Willoughby scored 12 of her 25 points in the third quarter. She had six points at halftime
- Willoughby was 10-of-10 from the free throw line and 7-of-11 from the field
- Dominique Toussaint scored 14 points in the second half
- Shemera Williams scored all 11 of her points in the first half
- Kylie Kornegay-Lucas led UVA in rebounding with eight
- Virginia scored eight points at the free throw line during their 12-0 run in the third quarter
- Virginia outscored Miami 32-12 in the paint
- Virginia held a 33-27 edge in rebounding
- Miami is 0-7 in road games this season
- Kelsey Marshall started the game 4-of-6 from three point range and finished 7-of-14
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia has a bye over the weekend before playing back-to-back road games at Duke (Feb. 20) and Virginia Tech (23)
- Virginia will close out the regular season with a pair of home games against Pittsburgh (Feb. 27) and No. 4 NC State (Mar. 1)
- Reserved single-game tickets are $8 if purchased in advance or online and $10 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. General admission tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or online and $8 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. Single-game courtside tickets may be purchased for $15
- For more information or to purchase tickets, fans should contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821). Fans can also purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium
- Ticket packages for the 2020 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, being held March 4-8 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., are on sale now through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office