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UVA Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener

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The Virginia women's basketball team beat visiting James Madison 78-57 in the season opener at John Paul Jones Arena Saturday night.

Former St. Anne's-Belfield star Sarah Imovbioh scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her college debut.

The Cavaliers used a 26-3 run spanning halftime to blow the game open.

Former head coach Debbie Ryan and all-time leading scorer Monica Wright were honored at halftime of the win.

Wright had her jersey retired, while Ryan had a banner raised to the rafters in her honor.

"When I looked up, and they had clips of Dawn Staley, I was like, 'Wow,'" says Wright.  "They had such an awesome influence on this program, and I feel honored to say I'm in great company, and I came through here."

Ryan adds, "To me, it's an honor to be here with her, and all my other players that are here tonight.  All the players that ever played for me, it's really a tremendous feeling to have her here, and having this on the same night."

Virginia will be back in action Monday, as they travel to face Penn in Philadelphia.

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