Senior Night did not go as planned for the Virginia women's basketball team Thursday night against Miami.
The Cavaliers let an 11-point first-half lead slip away, and allowed the Hurricanes to pull away late for an 83-63 Miami win. UVa has now dropped three in a row, and five of its six games.
The loss also cost the Cavaliers a shot at an eight-seed in next week's ACC Tournament. UVa is now 6-9 in the conference this season (13-15 overall) and needs a win at Florida State on Sunday to clinch the league's nine-seed.
Miami improved to 7-8 in the ACC (15-13 overall) with the win. The Hurricanes have now won three of their last four.
Senior Ataira Franklin led UVa with 17 points in her final home game at John Paul Jones Arena. Junior Sarah Imovbioh and freshman Breyana Mason finished with 12 apiece.
Kelsey Wolfe had eight points on Senior Night, while fellow fifth-year Lexie Gerson finished with three points and nine rebounds.
UVa led by as many as 11 points in the first half, and took a four-point lead into the break. A three-point play from Mason less than a minute into the second half put the Cavaliers back up by seven, at 39-32.
But the Hurricanes used a 15-2 run to take the lead, then pulled away down the stretch. Miami finished with four players in double-figure scoring, led by Keyona Hayes (22 points and nine rebounds) and Adrienne Motley (21 points and seven rebounds).
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