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UVA Women Drop 54-47 Match Against #25 West Virginia

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The Virginia women's basketball team lost 54-47 Sunday against #25 West Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena.

The game was the second against a ranked team for UVA this season.

The Cavaliers led by as many as eight points in the first half, despite shooting just 22.6% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, and they were up 26-23 at halftime.

The Mountaineers opened the second half with an 11-0 run, and while Wahoos cut it to 48-45 with 3:12 to play in the game, they were not able to come all the way back.

Head coach Joanne Boyle says, "The first play of the game, we ran what we want, and we get a layup, and then all the sudden we can't execute that stuff.  I thought it was a lot of poor execution, but I'm not going to take anything away from them.  They made us become that team too."

"I just don't think we did an adequate job, but it's just preparation for what we're going to see for the next couple of months," says Egwu.  "This was a good game for us to play."

Egwu led UVA with 14 points, while Ataira Franklin added 12.

China Crosby had 7 points and 6 assists.

Virginia (5-2) shot just 25.9% from the field for the game, and had 20 turnovers.

"Some people were running things they way we were supposed to, and other people weren't," says Boyle.  "It's just hard, because we're better than what we showed. We're not a 25% execution team. It's just disappointing. Seven assists, we've been averaging, I don't know how many assists, but a lot more than seven. It just felt like we were really sloppy."

UVA plays its first ACC game of the season Thursday, as they take on #10 Maryland at 7pm in College Park.

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