Cavaliers Hang Tough but Fall at #8 Maryland 68-61
The UVA women's basketball team lost to #8 Maryland 68-61 in College Park Monday night.
The Terrapins (17-1, 4-1 ACC), which are 10-0 at home this season, snapped a two-game losing streak to the Wahoos at Comcast Center.
Virginia drops to 14-5 overall this season, 2-3 in ACC play.
UVA head coach Joanne Boyle said, "We're not going to play a perfect game, so we've got to control the things we can control. We don't box out on a free throw...weak-side rebounding, three or four possessions, they got weak-side rebounding. We're not converting on two-on-one situations. We're capable of doing that. That's in our control, and we've got to be able to finish those things out."
Four Cavaliers scored in double figures.
Junior Lexie Gerson had a team-high 15 points for the 'Hoos. The Maryland native hit three three-pointers and also had four steals and three assists.
Sophomore Ataira Franklin scored 14 points in the loss. The Maryland native also grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists, and had four steals, part of UVA's season-high 12 steals in the game.
Senior forward Chelsea Shine led the Cavaliers with eight first half points. She finished with 12 in the game.
Senior guard Ariana Moorer added ten points in the loss, and junior Telia McCall had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said, "Virginia was really, really good tonight. I thought they came in and had a really good game plan, really made us play their tempo and their style of play...very, very aggressive. I thought it took us awhile in terms of, kind of, getting the feel and rhythm of the game."
Virginia led by as many as eight points in the first half, but the Terps closed out the half on an 18-6 run to take a 38-34 halftime lead.
The Cavs tied the game early in the second half but couldn't retake the lead.
The 'Hoos, with their top ranked ACC scoring defense, stuck with Maryland all the way, and even held the Terps to 15 points below their season average, but it just wasn't enough.
UVA returns to action Thursday night. The Wahoos host #11 Miami at 7:00. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in the ACC, and Miami handed the Terps their only loss of the season.
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