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Virginia Rallies To Take Out Wolfpack 78-59

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The Virginia women's basketball team used a late scoring blitz to blow open a close game, and beat North Carolina State 78-59 Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The game was tied at 51 in the 2nd half, but the Wahoos outscored the Wolfpack 27-8 in the final 10 minutes to secure their third conference win of the season.

UVA trailed by 13 points in the first half, but cut the deficit to 32-30 at halftime.

Kelsey Wolfe scored a game-high 24 points for the Cavaliers.

Telia McCall and Ataira Franklin each had 15, while China Crosby added 10.

UVA head Coach Joanne Boyle said, "It's always great when you have four of your starters in double figures.  It shows that you're sharing the basketball.  You're more confident, so it was a great game for us. Not early, but in the 2nd half, to really kind of break it open."

Virginia (11-5, 3-2 ACC) had its first lead less than 2 minutes into the 2nd half, when Crosby drained a three-pointer to make it 33-32.

That was the first of five lead changes in the second half.

Wolfe says, "We knew we had to locate the shooter on defense. That was really killing us, and just playing solid on offense. Just run our sets and execute."

McCall had her third straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"Don't get down when we get down," says McCall. "We just gotta keep playing hard, keep pressing, and get out on the shooters, because that's where our main focus is.  We like to play our zone, and they like to plant their best shooters in corners, so we have to be mindful of the shooters and get out on them.  We're just playing team defense and offense."

Boyle added, "It's the assists on the baskets. It's an inside-outside game. It's nice. It takes the pressure off of one end of the floor when you can put the basketball in, and I think we did that tonight."

The Cavaliers return to action Thursday at North Carolina.

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