Nov. 29, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Virginia women's basketball team earned a 90-68 victory at Minnesota in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
The Gophers started the game making six of their first seven field goal attempts, including going 4-for-5 from three-point range to take an early 16-6 lead. Kelsey Wolfe (Jr., Germantown, Pa.) kept the Cavaliers in the game, scoring seven of UVa's first nine points.
Trailing 18-10, the Cavaliers began to make their run. Simone Egwu (Sr., Odenton, Md.), making her first appearance of the season, got a put back and drew a foul to narrow the gap to 18-13. Ataira Franklin (Jr., Bowie, Md.) scored the next five points, with a pull-up jumper followed by a game-tying three-pointer. A low-post feed to Sarah Beth Barnette (R-So., Lexington, Ky.) set the Cavaliers up for their first lead of the game, 20-18, after Barnette drew a foul and converted her two free throws.
Trailing 23-20, the Cavaliers mounted an 11-0 run. A three-pointer from Faith Randolph (Fr., Derwood, Md.) got the scoring charge started. China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) stole a pass and raced down to the other end for a layup. Wolfe grabbed another steal, scoring a fast break layup of her own to make it 29-23. After Wolfe blocked the next Gopher shot attempt, Randolph was fouled on the other end, going to the line to make both free throws. Wolfe capped the run with a jump shot to give Virginia a 33-25 lead with 7:28 remaining.
After the Gophers pulled within six, 36-30, Wolfe again drove toward the basket, getting fouled and going to the line to add two more points, giving her 15 in the game and putting the Cavaliers up 38-30 with just under four minutes left in the half.
Virginia pushed it back out to a double-digit lead when Franklin found Telia McCall (Sr., Marietta, Ga.) on the low block, making it a 41-30 game with three minutes left in the half.
The Cavaliers went into the break with a 46-34 advantage.
UVa began the second half with Sarah Imovbioh (So., Abuja, Nigeria) drawing a foul on a made layup and converting the and-one opportunity. Wolfe followed with a pull-up jumper to take a 51-35 lead.
Minnesota ended the early Virginia run by draining a three. The Golden Gophers had a chance to narrow the gap back to single digits after getting fouled on a made layup with 17:08 remaining in the game, but they missed the free throw, keeping the score 51-41. Wolfe drove through the lane to score a layup on the opposite end. After another Gopher miss, Franklin hit a three to make it a 56-41 game with 15:26 remaining.
Wolfe drained a three-pointer from the upper right portion of the arc with just over 11 minutes left in the game, giving Virginia its first 20-point advantage, 70-50, with just over 11 minutes remaining.
After narrowing the gap to 74-61, Barnette and Franklin hit a pair of threes to push it back out to 80-62 with just over six minutes left in the game.
With the win, Virginia improves to 5-1 on the season and 5-1 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. Minnesota falls to 6-2 on the year.
"This was one of our better team wins this year," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "Minnesota has a great squad. I was really proud of our team. We got down early and they took us out of our zone, but we stayed poised and came back and got really aggressive in our man. It was definitely one of our better offensive efforts."
Wolfe scored a career-high 25 points with six rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Franklin scored 13 points with eight assists. Jazmin Pitts (Jr., Mosely, Va.) scored 12 points, going 6-for-9 from the field, with 10 of those points coming in the second half.
The Cavaliers shot 62.5 percent in the first half, going 15-for-24. They finished the game with a 58.9 shooting percentage (33-of-56).
It was the second time this season the Cavaliers erased a ten-point deficit in a road game this season. Virginia came back from down 15 points at Penn to win, 68-65.
The Cavaliers are back home on Sunday, Dec. 2, hosting No. 25 West Virginia at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
Cavalier Football Notebook: Duke WeekFootball9/29/16Sophomore Olamide Zaccheaus is the leading receiver for Virginia, which opens ACC play Saturday afternoon against Duke in Durham, N.C.Conte's Impact Continues to GrowFootball9/28/16In his second year as a Virginia starter, graduate student Nicholas Conte (44.2-yard average) ranks among the nation's top punters.Spirit of '76 Unites Basketball FamilyMen's Basketball9/27/16At the Virginia men's basketball reunion, the spotlight was on the 1975-76 team and the legacy of former head coach Terry Holland.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
2016-17 Women's Basketball Schedule Released
W. Basketball | 9/15/2016
The Cavaliers open the 2016-17 season at home on November 11, hosting Middle Tennessee State.
Virginia Women’s Basketball 2016-17 Season Tickets On ...
W. Basketball | 8/1/2016
Season tickets for the 2016-17 Virginia women’s basketball season are on sale now.
Jeff White: Moses Seizes Chance to Broaden Horizons
W. Basketball | 7/29/2016
Virginia's top returning post player, junior forward Lauren Moses, has had an eventful summer...
Andrew Landers Named Video Coordinator
W. Basketball | 7/8/2016
Andrew Landers joins the Virgina women's basketball staff as the video coordinator.
Jeff White: Taylor Back in Familiar Surroundings
W. Basketball | 7/1/2016
Five years after leaving UVA, Tim Taylor has returned this summer. He's one of two new assistants...
Jeff White: Towering Center Boosts Frontcourt
W. Basketball | 6/21/2016
The Cavaliers' four freshmen include 6-9 Felicia Aiyeotan, a native of Nigeria who graduated from...
Graham Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
W. Basketball | 06/20/2016
Katherine Graham, who was an assistant coach last season at Western Kentucky and went to the...
Tim Taylor Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
W. Basketball | 06/14/2016
Virginia women's basketball head coach Joanne Boyle announced the hiring of Tim Taylor as an...
- Online Stores