CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 SPORTS)-- The Virginia women's basketball team outlasted Minnesota in a thrilling 73-70 victory in the annual Cavalier Classic. UVA now moves to 7-0, their best start to the season in 30 years.

The Golden Gophers came out strong in the first quarter, opening up a 13-2 run. Alexia Smith, a former gopher herself brought Minnesota's run to an end with a 3 pointer, but still, Minnesota caught a 10 point lead early in the half. The second quarter would be a different story though. The 'Hoos came out hungry, completing a 18-0 run to erase the 10 point deficit. Two free throws from Mir Mclean would send the cavaliers into halftime leading 35-31.

"We gave up 70 points, that's a lot of points," said head coach Amaka Agugua Hamliton, "But if you were actually watching the game we had key stops we had runs that were predicated on that side of the ball so I thought it was really good. You know obviously you're going to have some breakdowns it's never going to be a prefect game but we locked in and those runs helped us. It's not just the plays at the end of the game we went on a run in the first half and we went on a run in the 2nd half so it was all because we got stops and rebounded and was able to push and get into offense."

Minnesota and UVA went back and forth after halftime, with the play only getting more and more physical. Heading into the 4th quarter Minnesota went on a 10-2 run, only to be brought to an end by an and one by Mir Mclean.

"I think that just shows who we are and who we can be as a team right now.," explained junior forward Mir Mclean, "I think we showed a lot of composure in that game. A lot of calls didn't go our way some did some didn't so I think that we grew as a team just with our composure and everything."

UVA was 1 for 17 from the 3 point line but three 3 pointers from Sam Brunelle would give the cavaliers the edge. But they wouldn't the only ones knocking down 3s, A 3 from Katie Borowicz would put the gophers within 1 with just under a minute left. With 19 seconds ticking down the gophers were driving inside but a steal from Camryn Taylor would send UVA back to the free throw line. Despite missing both shots Valladay and Kaydan Lawson would both hit a free throw themselves to put UVA over 73-70. 

"We know we just knew to be tough and lock in on defense," said senior forward Camryn Taylor, "Just making sure we're aggressive and intense pretty much for the whole game."

Virginia closes out the Cavalier Classic tournament on Sunday, Nov. 27 against East Carolina.