University of Virginia Media Release 11/06/2019:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (1-0) opened the 2019-20 season with a 84-60 victory over Bucknell (0-1) on Tuesday (Nov. 5 ) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) posted the first 30-point game of her career, scoring 31 points while also adding 11 rebounds. Senior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) and redshirt freshman Amandine Toi (Paris, France) also finished with double-digit points, scoring 16 and 11, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cavaliers opened the season with some hot shooting, using a 4-of-4 stretch in the first quarter to push out to an early 11-7 lead. A three pointer from Toi with 4:44 remaining in the first half gave UVA its first double-digit lead, 28-28. Virginia finished the first half making five of seven field goal attempts to finish the half with a 37-26 advantage, making 54. 2 percent of its field goal attempts. After a three-point narrowed the Cavaliers’ lead to eight with four minutes remaining in the third period, freshman Carole Miller (Alexandria, Va.) scored back-to-back buckets to extend the lead back to double figures. The Cavaliers used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
- Virginia did not trail in the game
- The Cavaliers’ largest lead was 14 points (1:37 in the 3rd period) prior to the fourth quarter
- Virginia outscored the Bison 47-34 in the second half
- Willoughby’s 31 points was the most by a Cavalier since Monica Wright scored 34 against Green Bay on March 21, 2010
- Willoughby’s double-double was the 15th of her career
- Wiloughby went 9-of-15 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line
- This was the first career start for Dani Lawson
- Amandine Toi and Dylan Horton (Los Angeles, Calif.) were both in the starting lineup for the first game of their collegiate career
- Toi hit a three-pointer on her very first career shot attempt
- This was Toi’s first collegiate game after missing both the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 seasons with injuries
- This was the first action for Lawson since Nov. 25, 2017, her last game at Purdue before missing the rest of the year with an injury. She sat out 2018-19 after transferring
- The Cavaliers freshmen (including Toi) combined to score 37 points
- Miller scored nine points. Kylie Kornegay-Lucas (Camden, Del.) scored seven. Meg Jefferson (Sydney, Australia) scored six. Horton scored four
- Senior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) did not play in the game due to a violation of team rules
ON THE HORIZON
- The Cavaliers will head to the west coast for a two-game road trip, playing at Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. (ET) and following that with a contest at CSUN (Cal State Northridge) on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. (ET)
- Head Coach Tina Thompson’s jersey will be retired by the school in a pregame ceremony at the Galen Center before the start of the game against USC
- Both games will stream live online and will have live stats available
- Virginia returns home to host Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.
- Reserved single-game tickets are $8 if purchased in advance or online and $10 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. General admission tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or online and $8 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. Single-game courtside tickets may be purchased for $15
- For more information or to purchase tickets, fans should contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821). Fans can also purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium