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Women’s Basketball: UVA season ends with a 67-57 loss to No. 18 Syracuse at ACC Tournament

UVA women’s basketballA tough first season for UVA women’s basketball coach Tina Thompson came to an end Wednesday in the second round of the 2019 ACC Tournament.

UVA (12-19, 5-11 ACC) lost 67-57 to No. 18 Syracuse (23-7, 11-5 ACC).

Junior guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Junior guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Syracuse had four players finish the game in double figures, led by Digna Strautmane with 14 points. Virginia shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) while Syracuse shot 50.0 percent (24-of-48), including going 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from three-point range. Both teams had 29 rebounds.

Virginia, fueled by a pair of and-ones from Dominique Toussaint, kept pace with Syracuse in the first quarter, trailing by just two, 18-16, through the first eight minutes of the game. The Orange closed the period by scoring four free throws and opened the second quarter by hitting a three to build up a nine-point lead.

The Cavaliers chipped away, pulling to within three, 32-29, on a layup from junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) with 3:25 remaining in the half, but the Orange finished the half on an 8-0 run, including back-to-back threes from Miranda Drummond, to take a 40-29 lead into the break.

Syracuse built up a 14-point advantage in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers refused to go away. A three-pointer from Toussaint narrowed the gap to seven, 61-54, with 5:02 remaining in the game, but the Orange answered with four-straight points.

Willoughby hit another three with 2:40 remaining to again get the deficit to single digits, 65-57, but the Orange slowed down the pace of the game and managed the clock to finish the game with a 10-point victory.

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