UVA women rally back to take down Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- The UVA women's basketball team snapped their 3 game losing streak with a 66-50 comeback win over Boston College. The Cavaliers trailed by as many as 11 points in the opening half before dominating the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Eagles 41-22, to improve to 10-1 at home this season.
Boston College jumped out to a 6-0 lead early as Virginia struggled offensively, missing its first four shots and committing four turnovers to start the game. The Eagles, who led by as many as nine points (15-6) also struggled with miscues during the opening period, matching the Cavaliers with six turnovers.
After a pair of Boston College baskets increased the Eagles’ lead to 19-8, Virginia fought back during the second quarter behind the play of Clarkson. She scored 11 points, including a perfect nine-for-nine from the free throw line, to help UVA close to a single point at 26-25 with 1:08 to play. A layup by BC’s Ally Vantimmeren gave the Eagles a 28-25 halftime advantage.
"There's been so much adversity as of late," started head coach Amaka-Agugua-Hamilton, "And the word today was resilience, and being resilient through everything. I thought they left it all out there. There is never going to be a perfect game. There are going to be mistakes. We've just got to weather the storm, but some of these breakout performances just make my heart smile, also the whole team in the way we rallied and came together."
Virginia dominated the game after halftime, outscoring the Eagles 23-9 in the third quarter to take a 48-37 lead into the final period. Lawson and Taylor both scored nine points in the third quarter. UVA took its first lead in the contest at the 5:47 mark off a three-point play from Taylor when she grabbed a loose ball under the UVA basket and scored while being fouled and then converting the free throw.
"I think it starts in practice," said junior guard Kaydan Lawson, "With Mir being out knowing that that's our top rebounder. Even like the top rebounder in the ACC we all had to step up so that's just a big focal point in practice, every o board go get it so that's just where it starts."
UVA scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter, capped off when graduate student Sam Brunelle drove the left side of the lane and converted a basket and free throw at the 6:27 mark. Brunelle finished the contest with eight points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in her collegiate career.
Boston College put together an 8-0 run to close to within 58-45 with 3:39 to play, but UVA made its final eight free throws to seal the win. The Cavaliers were 12-for-12 from the line during the final quarter. Virginia did not make a field goal during the game’s final 6:27.
Virginia wraps up its three-game home stand when Florida State visits John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday, Jan. 19.