Cavalier Women Fall 73-53 Against Michigan in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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UVa is now 3-5 on the season UVa is now 3-5 on the season

The Virginia women's basketball team lost 73-53 against Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

The loss is the Cavaliers 4th in a row, and they fall to 3-5 on the season.

UVa's only lead of the game came with 17:38 remaining in the first half, as Ataira Franklin hit a three-pointer to make it 3-2 Cavaliers.

Franklin scored nine points in the game, while making 2-of-12 shots.

"You just have to have a short memory," says Franklin.  "We still have a few non-conference games left, and then ACC play is just around the corner.  All we can really do is work on us, and try to build confidence."

The Wahoos got down ten in the opening minutes, but came back to cut the lead to 18-15 on a Tiffany Suarez old-fashioned three-point play with 7:46 remaining in the first.

That was as close as they got, as the Wolverines closed the half on an 18-to-5 run, and led 36-20 at the break.

Michigan had 30 points in the paint, and out-rebounded Virginia 41-to-27.

UVa head coach Joanne Boyle says, "It's deflating when people just constantly get second chance points on us.  It's deflating to go 30 seconds, do a great job, let them get an offensive rebound, and have to play another 30 seconds.  We spend so much energy doing that.  Instead of playing, getting a stop, and getting an easy transition bucket here and there.  It's deflating to have to play like that."

Sarah Imovbioh had 13 points to lead Virginia.

Cyesha Goree scored a game-high 20 for Michigan.

The Cavaliers won't play again until December 17th, when they host Maryland-Eastern Shore.

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