Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 16, 2014

UVa women beat Hokies for 16th straight time

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — For the 16th straight time, the Virginia Cavaliers women’s basketball team defeated Virginia Tech, by an 80-64 score at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday.

Virginia (13-12, 6-6 ACC) never trailed, starting the game 9-0 — scoring all of those points off seven turnovers committed by the Hokies in the first 5:03.

Virginia Tech (11-14, 1-11) cut into the deficit, using an 8-0 run to pull within four, 22-18, but a three-pointer by freshman Breyana Mason halted the Hokie charge. Virginia took a 35-24 lead into the halftime break.

Vanessa Panousis scored 10 Hokie points in a span of just over three minutes, cutting the Cavalier lead to single digits, 49-41 with 13:10 remaining.

Panousis’ scoring surge was the start of an 8-of-10 shooting stretch for the Hokies while the Cavaliers went 2-of-13 during that same span, with Virginia Tech pulling to within five, 54-49 with 8:49 remaining.

Virginia regained its offensive footing, scoring on eight straight possessions, including back-to-back baskets from Sarah Imovbioh and a three-pointer from Lexie Gerson to take a 71-54 lead with 4:25 remaining.

Imovbioh scored 19 points with nine rebounds and guard Ataira Franklin added 14 points with three assists, three steals and three rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Kelsey Wolfe scored 12 points with six rebounds and four assists, and Faith Randolph came off the bench to score 11 points.

Virginia Tech’s Uju Ugoka had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Panousis scored 19 points.

Virginia, which leads the ACC in turnover margin, forced 15 Tech turnovers while only turning the ball over six times.

Both teams wore pink jerseys in honor of the late Kay Yow, the longtime head coach at N.C. State.

Virginia Tech’s last win over their rivals was a 60-58 decision on Feb. 15, 2007.

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