The Virginia women's basketball team lost its ACC opener for the 5th year in a row Sunday, as the Cavaliers fell 79-75 at home against Pitt.
UVa (7-7, 0-1 ACC) led the ACC newcomers 37-36 at halftime.
The Wahoos trailed by nine points with 4:33 to play, before scoring eight-straight points to cut the deficit to 70-69 with 2:28 left, but they could never take the lead.
Sophomore Faith Randolph and senior Kelsey Wolfe each scored 21 points for Virginia.
"We just have to do better defensively," said Wolfe. "If we come down and hit a shot on offense, we can't let them score a three or get an easy bucket. We just have to do better than that."
Randolph added, "When I came out there we really were struggling on defense. It was just off and on defense. We just had no consistency."
Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle says, "I am disappointed in our first ACC game. Obviously we pride ourselves on defense, and that didn't happen tonight. A lot of credit to Pitt, they hit big shots."
The Panthers made 10-of-21 three-point attempts, going 5-of-9 in the second half.
"They're not a great shooting team, they're not a three point shooting," said Boyle. "I don't think we started off well. I don't think we set the tone early. The last five minutes of the game you saw us really moving. The first 25-30 minutes we were trying to get them to move, and we were just flat. In the ACC you just can't just take it for granted that you are going to come back."
UVa returns to action Thursday at 7 PM at Virginia Tech.
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