Virginia Women Lose Big Lead, Fall to Georgia Tech

The Virginia women’s basketball team lost at home to an ACC opponent for the first time this season, falling to Georgia Tech, 65-62.

After leading by 13 points in the first half, Virginia trailed by five, 56-51, with six minutes left in the game.

Eight straight points from Telia McCall gave Virginia a 59-56 lead with 3:56 remaining. A three-pointer by Tech’s Sydney Wallace, her fifth of the game, with 52 seconds left tied the game, 61-61.

After Virginia took a one-point lead on a free throw from Simone Egwu with 32 seconds left in the game, McCall came up with a defensive rebound off a Yellow Jacket missed shot, only to turn the ball back over to Tech, the first of two costly turnovers for the Cavaliers in the final 30 seconds.

Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall scored a layup after grabbing the ball from McCall, getting fouled in the process. She missed the free throw, with Egwu grabbing the rebound with 15 seconds left in the game.

Trailing 63-62, Virginia got the ball down into its offensive zone, only to have China Crosby step on the end line, turning the ball back over to Georgia Tech with five seconds left on the clock.

The Cavaliers fouled immediately, with Tech’s Sydney Wallace making both free throws to give them the 65-62 lead. The Cavaliers broke through Tech’s defensive pressure, throwing up a desperation half-court shot right before the buzzer, but the attempt was off target, with Georgia Tech holding on for its third ACC win, improving to 10-12 overall and 3-8 in conference play. Virginia fell to 14-7 and 6-4 in the ACC, including a 4-1 ACC record at John Paul Jones Arena this season.

Georgia Tech dominated the boards, outrebounding UVa 44-34 including pulling in 22 offensive rebounds. The Yellow Jackets scored 20 second-chance points and added 23 more points by capitalizing on Virginia turnovers. The Cavaliers also scored 23 points off Georgia Tech’s 18 turnovers.

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