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Women’s Basketball: Furious North Carolina rally lifts Tar Heels past Virginia, 70-59

Chris Graham
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Virginia had a nine-point lead with 6:46 to go, but #22 North Carolina closed on a 22-2 run to post a 70-59 win on Thursday at JPJ.

A Carole Miller three put UVA (13-4, 2-4 ACC) ahead 57-48 early in the fourth, but UNC (11-5, 2-3 ACC) clamped down the D, forcing eight turnovers in the final 6:46, as the Cavaliers were just 3-of-15 from the floor in the final 10 minutes.

Taylor Valladay topped the Cavaliers with 16 points while Sam Brunelle added 15 points, all off of three-point shots, while grabbing a season-high nine rebounds.

Deja Kelly and Kennedy Todd-Williams led North Carolina with 21 points each. Todd-Williams scored 11 in the final period to set her season high in scoring.

“We had some self-inflicted errors, just some things defensively we need to clean up and hit a couple more shots, and it’d be a different game,” Virginia coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said. “But I liked the progress that we’re making. I thought our team battled. I thought we competed and really got better in certain areas, but we just got to clean up some stuff.”

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].