jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

UVa. women’s basketball defeats Coppin State, 70-45

uva-logo-new2The Virginia women’s basketball team (6-6) defeated Coppin State (4-7) 70-45 Saturday afternoon (Dec. 28) in the Cavalier Classic Tournament Presented by Holiday Inn University Area.

Virginia will take on Princeton in the tournament championship game on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. Coppin State will face Alabama in the consolation final at 12 p.m.

“I’m excited for the team,” said Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle. “We came out of the gates a little slow, but picked it up in the second half and played a really good second half. It is nice to come into your own tournament and get a win.”

Freshman guard Tiffany Suarez (Miami, Fla.) had her second-straight double-digit scoring effort, leading the Cavaliers with a career-high 16 points, going 7-of-10 from the field, and dishing a team-high six assists. Junior center Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) scored 13 points, going 5-of-8 from the field. Senior guard Ataira Franklin scored 12 points, all in the first half, with a team-high eight rebounds.

Coppin State’s Kyra Coleman led the Eagles with 16 points, including scoring nine of the Eagles’ first 11 points. Larrisa Carter had 14 points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Virginia opened the game making just five of its first 23 shots (21.7 percent), including a stretch of missing 10 straight field goal attempts. Trailing 17-14 with six minutes left in the first half, the Cavaliers went on a 14-0 run, capped by a steal and fastbreak layup by Suarez, to go up 28-17. A pair of free throws from Franklin with 1.1 seconds remaining in the half, her 11 and 12th points of the period, sent the Cavaliers into the break with a 32-21 lead.

Coppin State cut the lead to seven, 36-29, with 15:38 left in the game. Back-to-back layups from Imovbioh increased the UVa advantage back to double-digits, 40-29, with 14:13 remaining. The Cavaliers would lead by double digits for the remainder of the game, outscoring the Eagles 38-24 in the period.

Coppin State turned the ball over 23 times in the game, with Virginia scoring 28 points off the Eagles’ miscues. The Cavaliers forced five turnovers in the first three minutes of the game, scoring their first seven points off turnovers.

After starting the game ice cold from the floor, Virginia connected on six of its final eight field goal attempts in the first half and shot 52.0 percent in the second half to finish the game 24-of-56 (42.9 percent). Coppin State shot 20.0 percent in the second half and finished the game 16-of-55 from the field (29.1 percent).

Virginia outrebounded Coppin State, 46-33, with all 11 Cavaliers who played in the game grabbing at least one rebound.

In the opening game of the tournament, Princeton defeated Alabama, 79-59. Kristen Helmstetter led Princeton with 21 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Tigers, one of four Tigers to score in double digits. The Crimson Tide had three players finish in double digits, including Ashley Williams with 21 points and six rebounds.

Virginia has captured 23 of 27 Cavalier Classic team titles since the tournament began in 1976 and has won the championship each of the last nine years.

Top Stories

Out of the Darkness Walk exceeds 2016 goals

The Greater Augusta Out of the Darkness Walk returned to Staunton for its second year and brought an increase in participants and fundraising.

Jeff Ishee returns to host WVPT’s Virginia Farming

Shenandoah Valley broadcasting veteran Jeff Ishee returns to his role as host of WVPT’s agriculture news program Virginia Farming.

Our View: Hillary Clinton gets nod for president

Democrat Hillary Clinton is our choice for president in the Nov. 8 election, after which we hope the nation can take steps toward healing.

GAPP sponsors teen video contest to promote substance-free living

Greater Augusta Prevention Partners is sponsoring a video contest to promote the message “Living Alcohol and Drug Free.”

Recent News

Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Join the conversation on WVPT's Facebook page.

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press, ESPN3 baseball broadcaster and the author of five books. Crystal Graham is the award-winning former host of WVPT’s Virginia Tonight.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Want to see what's coming up on Viewpoints? Click here.

Missed a show? Watch OnDemand and on our YouTube channel.

Past shows are also available via the PBS app wherever it is available (iOS, Xbox, Roku, Android, etc). Videos will be found more easily if you localize the app and select WVPT as your local PBS station.

AFP Business

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.


Get information on readership and advertising online with us.

AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series of hour-long classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.

Web Design

You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.

Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.


Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.


Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.