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UVa Women's Basketball Tops Hokies 80-64

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The Virginia women's basketball team beat rival Virginia Tech 80-64 Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.

UVa has won sixteen games in a row against the Hokies.

"They were fumbling the ball," said UVa guard Ataira Franklin. "They had a lot of unforced turnovers and we had good ball pressure. I think in that regard, we started the game off stronger and we were able to get things going a little quicker than we have in the past."

The Cavaliers (13-12, 6-6 ACC) get back to .500 in conference play with the win, while Tech falls to 1-11 in the ACC.

The Wahoos never trailed Sunday, and led by as many as 18 points.

Four different players scored in double figures for UVa.

Sarah Imovbioh led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Ataira Franklin added 14 points.

"A lot of times they weren't playing 'SI' at the high post," said Boyle. "We just talked about diving her to the block. I thought she did a good job just making that read."

Virginia Tech head coach, Dennis Wolff said, "She's a big, strong girl. If you just lay off her back when she's one foot from the basket, you know, all she was doing was making lay-ups."

"I can draw the defense which allows free shots for my guards," said Imovbioh. "I just felt like I have to be aggressive down low and just go up strong and attack the basket."

Uju Ugoka had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies.

Boyle said, "There is going to be days where our offense isn't falling, so we have to get in the habit of being a better defensive team and a better rebounding team because that is what's going to carry us throughout the game when our offense isn't falling."

Virginia will host North Carolina Thursday at 6:30 PM.


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