UVa Women's Basketball Suffers Tough 79-72 Loss to #2 Notre Dame

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Sarah Imovbioh had 18 points and 12 rebounds Sarah Imovbioh had 18 points and 12 rebounds

The Virginia women's basketball team played #2 Notre Dame tough, before ultimately falling 79-72 Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers trailed 43-36 at halftime, and were down by 13 in the second half, but clawed back to cut the deficit to 71-69 with 3:49 left.

UVa head coach Joanne Boyle says, "Give a lot of credit to Notre Dame, they are obviously the #2 team in the nation for a reason.  But I'm just so proud of my team in the way they came out poised, and confident, and worked their butts off to put themselves in a position to win that game."

"It was just a great game," adds Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw.  "Welcome to the ACC for us.  We hoped for a little nicer welcome from Virginia.  They were tough.  It was a great game."

Cavalier junior guard Faith Randolph scored a team-high 23 points off the bench.

"We can play with anybody," says Randolph.  "We look forward to opportunities like this.  Notre Dame is second in the country.  We can go up against them.  We have this stretch of all ranked teams, and we're just going to go at it."

Junior Sarah Imovbioh added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia.

The Irish (15-0, 3-0 ACC) were paced by senior forward Natalie Achonwa's 26 points and 16 rebounds.

Virginia (8-8, 1-2 ACC) returns to action Thursday as they travel to face #3 Duke at 6:30 pm.

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