The Virginia women’s basketball team fell 68-66 at No. 14/ NC State Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. The loss drops Virginia to 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the ACC.
“It was a tough loss,” Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle said. “It was a great battle, back and forth the whole time. NC State just made a big play at the end of the second half. We didn’t recover down at the other end. It was a great game.”
Virginia used a 17-2 run in the second half to erase a 10-point first-half deficit, taking a 61-52 lead with 6:53 remaining. After NC State tied the game on a three-pointer with 1:28 remaining, the game went through six lead changes with a State three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining becoming the deciding basket.
Virginia had possession in the final 11 seconds with sophomore guard Faith Randolph pulling up for a three-point attempt with eight seconds left in the game. The ball clanked off the front of the rim with redshirt senior guard Lexie Gerson fighting an NC State player for the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.
Randolph finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. Senior guard Ataira Franklin scored 15 points, all in the second half, with three rebounds and a pair of assists. Gerson scored 11 points with five rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot.
The Wolfpack outrebounded the Cavaliers, 37-25. Virginia forced 18 turnovers while committing 16, turning the ball over only five times in the second half. The Cavaliers shot 50 percent or better in both halves, finishing the game going 25-of-49 (51.0 percent) from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.
Virginia returns home for its final regular-season home game on Thursday, Feb. 27, hosting Miami at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. Franklin, Gerson and fellow senior captain Kelsey Wolfe will be honored in a brief ceremony prior to tip-off of the Miami game as part of the annual Senior Day celebration.
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