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Virginia Women's Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Georgia Tech

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The Virginia women's basketball team lost a 65-62 heartbreaker to Georgia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena Sunday afternoon.

With just a minute remaining, the Yellow Jackets Sydney Wallace hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 61.

Trailing by one in 16 seconds left, Georgia Tech missed a shot, and UVA's Telia McCall grabbed the rebound.

As McCall tried to pass it off to Ataira Franklin, the Yellow Jackets Tyaunna Marshall made a critical steal, and put in two of her team-high 25 points, while drawing a foul that sent her to the free throw line.

Marshall missed the free throw and China Crosby got the rebound.

Crosby took the ball down court, but as she drove to the baseline to pass the ball off to Franklin, she stepped out-of-bounds and turned the ball over.

Head Coach Joanne Boyle said, "We ran a flare screen for Frankie on the weak side in case she didn't have it. I thought China should've just gone right up for the lay-up, and instead I think she was looking for Frankie too much, so she overcompensated by stepping on the line to throw the flare to Frankie."

Virginia was forced to foul immediately, and the Yellow Jackets made two free throws to put them up by three with four seconds to go.

Crosby missed a game-tying heave from half-court as time expired.

Telia McCall scored a career and game high 28 points for the 'Hoos, while going 16-of-17 from the free throw line.

Ataira Franklin scored a 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for UVA.

Franklin said, "We knew that Georgia Tech was a dangerous team. There's no safe games in this conference. It's obviously frustrating but all we can do is look forward. We have Duke to prepare for now so we just have to gear up and look forward to that game."

Georgia Tech had 22 offensive rebounds while Virginia had seven.

Boyle said, "If you look at one stat, that's just killing us. It killed us. And I told the kids they have to take ownership for that. They do. At the same time I need to loosen the reins a little bit here with the bench. I always struggle with Sara Imovbioh, and getting her in there to get some rebounds."

McCall added, "We just gotta box out and get rebounds. I mean it's easier said that done, of course. We just gotta be mindful and not rebounding in the same area. We just gotta be mindful and be smart."

Virginia falls to 14-7 overall and 6-4 in the ACC.

The 'Hoos continue conference play Friday, as they take on #5 Duke at John Paul Jones Arena at 7 pm.

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