Cavs Blow Big Lead in Loss at Boston College

Thursday night will be a game Virginia looks back on later this season if the Cavaliers don't make it into the NCAA Tournament.

The 'Hoos let a 15-point second half lead slip away in a 69-65 loss at Boston College. The Cavs fell to 12-11 overall and 5-5 in the ACC with the loss.

“We need to figure out who we are on the road as this is the second game where we have had a lead and lost it,” said Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle. “We didn’t understand tonight that taking care of the little things and attention to detail is what is going to win you road games. The rebounding margin wasn’t in our favor. If we had scrapped a little more, rebounded more, boxed out on the free throw line and gotten loose balls, the game would have been ours.”

The Cavaliers held a 15-point lead with 11:05 remaining in the game, but Boston College mounted a 19-2 run, with Virginia only scoring one basket during that span of 7:27. Senior guard Ataira Franklin made a pair of three-pointers in the final 30 seconds, narrowing the gap to one, 66-65, but Boston College made three free throws in the final seven seconds to cement the victory.

Franklin finished the game with 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Redshirt senior guard Lexie Gerson scored 14 points with six assists and had five of Virginia’s seven steals.

Virginia now has its bye weekend and will not play again until Thursday, Feb. 13 at Georgia Tech.

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