The Virginia women’s basketball fell 64-62 at Clemson, losing a double-digit second-half lead to drop its third game in a row.
Clemson hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds left in the game to take a 63-62 lead. After Virginia turned the ball over with 22 seconds left in the game, Clemson added another point at the free throw line. Virginia had a chance with 0.7 seconds left in the game but Sarah Beth Barnette's shot clanged off the side of the rim and Clemson held on for the victory.
Ataira Franklin scored 21 points with six rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Sarah Imovbioh scored nine points with five rebounds and Faith Randolph, making the third start of her career for the injured Kelsey Wolfe, scored 12 points, including 10 in the second half.
The Cavaliers were playing without two of their starters in Wolfe, who will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the Maryland game and Telia McCall (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) missed with a recurrence of concussion symptoms.
“I thought that our players were focused and came out playing hard,” said head coach Joanne Boyle. “But we have to be able to grab balls. There were so many 50-50 balls out there. Or we would rebound and kick it off our foot. They probably had eight chances to get the ball back and score on us, and they did. We never should have been in the situation of having to come down and score at the last second.
With the loss, Virginia falls to 15-11 (7-8 ACC). The Cavaliers are back home hosting Wake Forest on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.