Virginia Basketball | Virginia leads Penn State 89-68 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – The Virginia women’s basketball team (9-0, 1-0 ACC) defeated Penn State (7-1, 0-0 B1G). at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

Virginia opened the game on an 11-2 run and built a 19-point lead early in the second quarter. Their biggest lead was a 23-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

Mir McLean scored a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Camryn Taylor had 17 points with six rebounds. Makenna Marisa led the Lady Lions with 16 points.

This is the Cavaliers’ first 9-0 start of a season since 1991 and their first nine-game winning streak since the 2008-09 season. This is Virginia’s first ACC/Big Ten Challenge win since 2012.


Virginia led 5-0 in the first minute, thanks in part to a game-opening three-pointer from Sam Brunelle. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 11:2 after a layup by McLean after 5:55. A three-pointer from McKenna Dale capped a 9-0 UVA run that gave the Cavaliers a 20-5 lead.

Yonta Vaughn extended UVA’s lead to 25-7 by opening the second quarter with a three. A jump from the Lions 1:10 into the period ended a 6:48 field goal drought. After finding their shot, the Nittany Lions began to erase the deficit, running a 7-0 run and a 6-0 run to go 11, 37-26 with 1:48 remaining. Vaughn hit her second three of the game in the last 30 seconds to give UVA a 42-27 lead. Two McLean free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining increased the half-time lead to 44-28.

Kaydan Lawson opened the second half by hitting Virginia’s sixth three of the game. The Cavaliers built their first 20-point lead, 55-35, on a 6-0 run that was topped by a layup by Carole Miller, leaving 5:56 in the period. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter, with the Cavaliers leading 68-48 in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Alexia Smith scored five straight points in the final 1:09 of the game by hitting UVA’s ninth three-pointer followed by a fast break layup to give the Cavaliers their biggest lead, 89-66. PSU’s Alli Campbell put down a layup with 21 seconds remaining to reduce the lead to 21.


  • Virginia shot 49.3 percent (33 of 67). Penn State shot 41.3 percent (26 of 63)
  • Penn State shot up 13.3 percent in the first quarter (2 of 15). Virginia started the game and made six of his first ten shots
  • Virginia was 9 out of 25 out of three and Penn State was 9 out of 23
  • Virginia was 14 of 17 from the free throw line and started the game 11 of 11 from the strip
  • Mir McLean had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the first half
  • This is McLean’s fourth double-double of the season and third straight
  • This was McLean’s second career 20-point game. Her previous career high for points was 20 against Syracuse last season
  • Camryn Taylor was shooting 7-of-9 from the field
  • Virginia is 6-8 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games
  • This is the final year of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It will be replaced next year by the ACC/SEC Challenge


“I’m just very proud of our players. It was a somber, tough win for us and it was really impressive to take to the streets and perform like we did. I thought we moved the ball well. We shared the ball. We played defensively together. We played pretty well. And that is just the beginning. So I’m just excited.”


  • Virginia returns home on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. to host UNCW in the team’s last home competition before heading out to the finals

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