Offensive Explosion Leads Cavs Past Louisiana Tech

The Virginia women’s basketball team had its highest scoring output since 2009 as the Cavaliers defeated Louisiana Tech, 95-82, Saturday afternoon. The Wahoos improved to 2-1 with the win.

“It was a great game for us, quite high scoring,” Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle said. “I was really proud of the girls. I felt like we had great energy out there. I really liked our rotations and that’s something we’ve been working on. I felt there was a really good flow out there today.”

The last time UVa scored 95 points in a game was Nov. 18, 2009, a 110-63 win over USC Upstate in Charlottesville. Five Cavalier players scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 18, 2011, a 92-43 win over Radford.

Sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh recorded her second double-double of the season with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting along with a game-high 13 rebounds, while senior guard Ataira Franklin hit four three-pointers and had 16 points in 25 minutes.

Senior guard Lexi Gerson tallied double figures for the first time since the 2011-12 season with 11 points, while sophomore guard Faith Randolph and freshman Breyana Mason added 14 and 13 points off the bench, respectively. Randolph dished out a team-high six assists. Senior forward Sarah Beth Barnette matched her career high with seven rebounds.

Both teams improved greatly after a first half that saw 23 combined turnovers and UVa hold a 33-25 lead. Virginia shot 56.8 percent in the second half compared to 39.4 percent in the first (48.6 percent overall). The teams combined for 119 points in the second half with UVa outpacing the Lady Techsters, 62-57.

The Cavaliers play at Liberty on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.

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