Virginia Basketball | Virginia improves to 8-0 with 22-point win over ECU

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— The Virginia women’s basketball team (8-0, 1-0 ACC) ended the 2022 Cavalier Classic Tournament with a 72-50 win over East Carolina (5-2, 0-0 AAC) on Sunday (November 27) in John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia held a six-point lead at halftime and started on a 17-3 run to open the third quarter and build a 20-point lead. In the fourth quarter they led by up to 27 points.

The Cavaliers finished four players in double figures, led by a 15-point performance from Sam Brunelle. Mir McLean had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kaydan Lawson scored 11 points, McKenna Dale came off the bench and scored 10 points. Danae McNeal led the Pirates with 14 points.

This is Virginia’s first 8-0 start to a season since 1992.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Lawson was an early spark for the Cavaliers, scoring five points in the first four minutes of the game, but it was a 6-0 run that gave UVA their first significant lead, a 14-7 advantage after a Camryn Taylor layup with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter. ECU made two layups in the last 50 seconds of the quarter to make it a 14-11 game going into the second period.

A three-pointer from Cady Pauley gave UVA a 17-11 lead early in the second game, but the Pirates cut the lead to two points, with 7:22 remaining at halftime. The Cavaliers scored seven points in 48 seconds. Taylor Valladay had one-and-one but missed the free throw. She grabbed her own rebound and then threw the ball at Dale, who hit a three-pointer. Brunelle added a layup to give UVA a 28-17 lead with 3:43 time remaining. Dale’s second three of the quarter gave UVA a 31-21 lead with 1:08 remaining, but ECU scored the last four points of the half, trailing 31-25 at the break.

Virginia opened the second half with a 7-2 run and extended a double-digit lead on a 7-17 layup by McLean in the quarter. Dale’s third three of the game gave the Cavaliers a 43-28 lead midway through the half. A London Clarkson free throw with 3:40 remaining extended UVA’s lead to 20 points.

The Cavaliers led 53-32 at the start of the fourth period. UVA’s defense kept the Pirates on 1-of-7 shots to start the final third while the offense built up a 62-35 advantage, their biggest lead of the game, staying 5-12 in the contest.

CAVALIER NOTES

  • Virginia had a 56-25 rebound advantage (+31)
  • UVA had 19 offensive rebounds and scored 25 points for second chances
  • UVA shot 43.6 percent (24 of 55), while ECU shot 31.3 percent (20 of 64).
  • East Carolina was 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) from three-point range. Virginia was 7 out of 21 (33.3 percent)
  • Virginia committed 20 turnovers in the first half. The team averaged 12.9 turnovers per game before entering the competition. They had 30 for the game
  • Mir McLean’s double-double was her second of the weekend and her third of the season
  • McKenna Dale is the 10th Cavalier to score double digits in a game this season (on an 11-man roster).
  • Dale grabbed eight rebounds. She also had an eight-rebound performance against Campbell on Wednesday
  • Both McLean and Kaydan Lawson shot 4 of 6. Sam Brunelle was 5 of 7 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line
  • The last time UVA started the season 8-0 was the 1992-93 season
  • The eight straight wins is the longest winning streak for the team since eight straight wins in the 2017/18 season (December 17 – January 11).
  • UVAWBB graduate J’Kyra Brown (’18) is in her first season as Director of Recruiting in East Carolina. ECU head coach Kim McNeill and assistant head coach Corey McNeill spent five seasons on Joanne Boyle’s coaching staff at UVA (2011-16), with Kim being promoted to assistant head coach in 2013

BY HEAD COACH AMAKA AGUGUA-HAMILTON

“I am definitely proud of our team. We got a lot better in the second half. It’s been a long month in terms of the number of games we’ve played and we’ve had quick turnarounds, including the fact that we only had one day to prepare, so we didn’t really have the opportunity to hold on to ourselves to work. I say this a lot because it’s important. To date nobody has played a zone against us and we knew that they would probably play us in zone for 40 minutes. We probably haven’t gone against the zone or practiced it since preseason. We really had to settle in and find our rhythm in the first half and we managed to do that in the second half.”

AT THE HORIZON

  • Virginia plays Penn State in the ACC/B1G Challenge on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. The game is streamed on B1G+ ($)
  • The Cavaliers return home at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4 to host UNCW

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