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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.

HOW IT HAPPENED

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.

CAVALIER NOTES

  • 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

BY HEAD COACH AMAKA AGUGUA-HAMILTON

“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.”

AT THE HORIZON

  • 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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