Monica Wright simply could not be contained Monday night as the Cavaliers notched their first ACC win of the season in a decisive 70-56 victory over in-state rival Virginia Tech. Wright, who recently surpassed Dawn Staley as Virginia's all-time leading scorer, contributed a hefty 27 points to lead the No. 24 Hoos to victory. With this effort, Wright has scored 20 or more points in ten games this season, and she moves into the ACC's all-time top 10 scoring list.
The Cavaliers' overall record improved to 12-5, 1-2 in the ACC. The Hokies, who had just knocked off No. 10 North Carolina, fell to 11-6 overall, 1-2 in the ACC.
Whitny Edwards and Ariana Moorer also contributed double digits, with 11 and 10 points respectively. Chelsea Shine led the rebounding efforts with 8 boards, while Moorer had 6.
Throughout the first half, Virginia would jump ahead with a run and the lead, but Virginia Tech consistently battled back, and the Hoos were up 25-23 at the half. When Virginia took a 29-27 lead on a Moorer jumper with 17:33 left in the game, Debbie Ryan and company ran with it and never looked back
Virginia travles to Boston College on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.