In the Cavaliers' fourth ranked opponent in as many games, the Virginia women's basketball team was routed by the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday night in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, 74-46.
Sophomore Simone Egwu led the Cavaliers with 11 points, while sophomore Lexie Gerson put up 10. Egwu also led the team with 7 rebounds.
"We wanted to put them in a position to shoot threes," head coach Debbie Ryan said. "We had to pick our poison with this team; they have a lot of strengths that we had to battle. They are very good at spreading us out and making us shoot threes."
Coach Ryan knows she has her work cut out for her with this team.
"The players just aren't finishing well. Ohio State was not a physical team, we weren't ever in foul trouble."
Virginia is now 4-4 on the season, with all four losses coming to ranked opponents -- in addition to the Buckeyes, Virginia has fallen to No. 4 Tennessee, No. 10 West Virginia and No. 17 Iowa State. Virginia's lone win over a ranked opponent came against No. 21 TCU.
Virginia approaches a softer stretch of the schedule, as seven of the next eight games will be played in John Paul Jones Arena. The Hoos face Drexel, Radford and UMBC at home before traveling to JMU for a game. They'll then host the Marriott Cavalier Classic, where Virginia plays North Carolina A&T in the first round, followed by either Holy Cross or East Tennessee State. Finally, Virginia will play host to Richmond, before kicking off the ACC schedule against Miami at home.
The Virginia-Drexel contest is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff tonight.