Virginia 57, American 54 Dec 5, 2018 23:09:36 GMT -5
Post by notjuanjones on Dec 5, 2018 23:09:36 GMT -5
Tough loss tonight.
Even though we were on the road and playing an ACC school, UVA is not what it used to be, although first-year coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Tina Thompson won't be down for long. AU led for most of the game, building a nine-point halftime lead, and 13-point lead, 44-31, with 5:50 in the third quarter. We had control of the game with excellent ball movement that led to layups and open jumpers, and we were the better team. But we completely wilted from there, scoring just 10 points the rest of the night, allowing UVA to get back in the game and ultimately win it down the stretch, on the play of the only Cavaliers player who did anything against us all night, Jocelyn Willoughby--who scored a season-high 25 points, including five of seven threes. She scored 13 points in the fourth, including a go-ahead triple with 1:07 left to put UVA up 54-51.
Kaitlyn Lewis responded with a huge three-point play at the other end with 52 seconds left to tie the game, but UVA went back up two on a jumper by Dominque Toussaint with 29 seconds left. On our possession, Kaitlyn got a great look at a short runner, but it hit the back rim and bounced off. We fouled UVA's Mone Jones, who split two free throws at six seconds to put the Cavs up three. After we called time and advanced the ball, Kaitlyn got a decent look at a three, but it didn't go, and UVA had the win.
Cecily Carl led us with 21 points, but like just about everyone, she missed three or four really good looks when we could have extended the lead, either in the second or fourth quarters. Katie Marenyi added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, continuing her outstanding senior season. Indy Sanders may have had her best game at AU, with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. She was outstanding. Elina Koskimies (whose surname was butchered by ESPN's crew all night; just awful) was hampered by fouls most of the night and scored just three points.
Now 4-4, with 11 days off for Finals before playing at Penn State on Dec. 16.