UVA women rally from 15-point deficit to knock off Virginia Tech

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia women’s basketball team (7-9, 1-2 ACC) erased a 19-point deficit to defeat Virginia Tech (13-3, 0-3 ACC) by a score of 62-58 on Thursday (Jan. 10) in a Commonwealth Clash game at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers had three players finish the game in double figures, led by junior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) with 19 points and sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.) with 15. Senior Mone Jones (Durham, N.C.) led UVA’s rebounding efforts with nine. Taylor Emery scored 26 points for the Hokies with Regan Magarity scoring 10 points with 11 rebounds. Virginia shot 32.2 percent (19-of-59) while Virginia Tech shot 37.0 percent (20-of-54). Virginia held a 38-34 edge in rebounding.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia Tech jumped out to an early five-point lead, but the Cavaliers tied the game and grabbed a 16-14 advantage on a layup from junior center Felicia Aiyeotan (Lagos, Nigeria) early in the second period, but Virginia Tech closed out the half on a 16-4 run, including hitting three-straight three-pointers in a 1:28 span, to lead 30-20 at halftime. Virginia Tech extended the lead out to 19 points, 41-22, with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter and held a 15-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Virginia opened the final period on an 8-0 run, but trailed by nine, 54-45, with five minutes remaining in the game. The Cavaliers began their push with a three-pointer from junior Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) followed by a steal and fastbreak layup from Tinsley. The Cavaliers tied the game on a pair of free throws from Toussaint with 1:35 remaining and took a two-point lead on a fastbreak layup from junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg). Emery retied the game with a layup but a basket from Toussaint put the Cavaliers back up two, 58-56, with 52 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.