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UVA Women Survive Coppin State

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The Virginia women's basketball team rallied from a seven point second half deficit to beat Coppin State 54-44 Tuesday night.

UVA trailed 40-33 with 7:46 left in the game, but outscored the Eagles 21-4 down the stretch.

Junior Kelsey Wolfe scored 14 points to lead the Cavaliers, including a couple of late three-pointers.

The 'Hoos were playing shorthanded against Coppin State, as both Ataira Franklin and Jazmin Pitts were held out due to injury.

Head coach Joanne Boyle says, "Of those eight players out there, they are better then what they showed. For me, every team deals with injuries, and when you step on the floor, if we can outscore someone 19-2 in 3 minutes, I think we can play a better game than that."

Senior center Simone Egwu scored 11 points, and says "There were a lot of this we could have done better tonight. We're not going to treat it like, 'Oh, we happened to claw our way back,' no. We know there's a certain level of performance we can attain, and we want to be there all the time."

Former Charlottesville High School basketball star Shawntae Payne scored 8 points on 3-of-5 shooting for Coppin State, including two three-pointers.

"It felt good to be back," says Payne. "A lot of people came out to support me, even though we lost. I was just surprised by how many people came out."

Virginia (6-3, 0-1 ACC) returns to action Friday at Alabama at 3pm.

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