UVa Women's Basketball Defeats Coppin State 55-41Posted: Updated:
Virginia Media Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women's basketball team (3-5) picked up a 55-41 victory over Coppin State (0-6) on Sunday (Dec. 2) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Junior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 14 points to lead the Cavaliers. Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Virginia shot 40.4 percent (21-of-52) while holding Coppin State to 19.7 percent shooting (14-of-71). UVA held a 50-41 edge in rebounding.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cavaliers closed the first half on a 7-0 run to go into the break with a 28-16 advantage. The Cavaliers built up an 18-point lead in the second half, but Coppin State chipped away, using an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull to within 10, 51-41, with 2:33 remaining. Sophomore guard Khyasia Caldwell(Pocono Summit, Pa.) halted the run, scoring a fastbreak layup with 1:37 remaining. Toussaint added a pair of free throws in the final 30-seconds to secure the 14-point victory.
The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Cavaliers
Khyasia Caldwell was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field
Caldwell scored a career-high 11 points with a career-high five rebounds and also blocked two shots
Willoughby had eight of her 14 rebounds in the first half. 12 of her 14 boards were defensive
Toussaint scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, making five of her first six shot attempts after the break
The Cavaliers finished the first quarter making six of their final nine shots, with six different players making those baskets. Coppin State was 1-of-8 in that same span
Both teams experienced extended scoring droughts. Coppin State was held scoreless for the final 4:12 of the second period and went 1:45 into the third before scoring (5:57 total). Virginia went 5:11 in the fourth quarter without a field goal until Caldwell's layup with 1:43 remaining
Coppin State took 38 three-point shots (going 7-of-38, 18.4 percent). UVA was 5-of-17 from three (29.4 percent)
The Cavaliers blocked a season-high 10 shots
This was the first of three games this week for the Cavaliers. UVA will host American on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., and Radford on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., before heading into an 11-day break for final exams
The game against Radford on Saturday, Dec. 8 is the Cavaliers' last home game before Christmas. The next time UVA will be at JPJ will be on Sunday, Dec. 30 to host Charlotte in the final non-conference game of the season
New this year for all regular-season home games, available reserved single-game tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance, online and via mobile devices, or for $10 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 in advance, online and via mobile devices or $8 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. Courtside seats are $15