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Monday Motivation: November 17

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BASKETBALL IS BACK!!!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, not the holiday season.

Basketball season.

But first, let's check in with Men's Wrestling and Women's Soccer to see how their week went.

The No.4 ranked Women's Soccer team hosted High Point University this weekend in first-round NCAA action and absolutely womanhandled them. The Hoos scored seven first half goals, winning with a final score of 8-0. They outshot the competition 39-0 and won the corner kick battle 16-0.

Morgan Brian had herself a day with one goal and five assists, while Morgan Reuther notched a hattrick. Makenzy Doniak, Brittany Ratcliffe, Kristen McNabb, and Tori Hanway all scored goals as well.Check out the goal-fest:

The ladies return to action in Charlottesville to host Rutgers in the second of a double-header, slated to begin at 6pm at Klöckner. If they win, they will play the winner of Kentucky and Arizona State. Get out and get loud!

In Wrestling action, the undefeated No.10 ranked Wahoos (5-0) took down No.23 North Dakota State 20-15 and routed Gardner Webb 33-3. The Cavaliers are rolling and have won 30 straight home matches. Next up, Virginia hosts No.4 Ohio State on 24 November at John Paul Jones Arena.

Speaking of John Paul Jones Arena...

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...the Men's and Women's Basketball teams returned to action this week! Ladies first.

In a thriller on Friday night in their home opener, the Cavaliers took down visiting Ohio State in a back and forth affair. Virginia outscored the Buckeyes 87-82 in a game that featured multiple lead changes, ties, and a lot of fast paced action. Senior Sarah Imovbioh absolutely DESTROYED the boards, pulling in a school-record 24 rebounds while also scoring 18 points.

Whoa. 24 rebounds. Unreal.

Faith Randolph chipped in 25 minutes, while Breyana Mason added 22 of her own.

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On Sunday, the Hoos hosted Radford and easily handled them 75-47. Imovbioh led all Virginia scorers with 14 points, but only had nine rebounds. Randolph (11 points), Mason (11 Points), and Mikayla Venson (12 points) all also scored in double digits.

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The Lady Hoos head to Cincinnati next to take on Xavier.

The Virginia men opened their season on the road this weekend at James Madison University, snagging a convincing 79-51 victory in a hostile environment. Justin Anderson led the team with 18 points, as Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill added 14 and 15 points, respectively. The reigning ACC CHAMPIONS (that never gets old) opened the game shooting a blistering 90%, and Gill was a force when on the court, although he only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble.

Darion Atkins, the lone senior, nabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the win. First year's Marial Shayok, Isaiah Wilkins, BJ Stith, and redshirt freshman Devon Hall all saw action as well. Hall handled the point for the suspended Perrantes, and did very well with five points and five steals.

Wilkins scored eight points, blocked two shots, grabbed two steals, and hauled in five rebounds for a very full stat line. Shayok impressed with his length and athleticism and added six points of his own (more on him later).

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On Sunday night, the Hoos returned home to the loving confines of JPJ to host the pesky Norfolk State Spartans who have given Virginia fits over the past few seasons. Not so much last night. After trailing for 18 seconds 6-5, Virginia went on a scoring rampage and threes rained from the sky as they built a 20 point halftime lead and never looked back.

Once again, Justin Anderson led scorers with 11 points, and Mike Tobey put up 10. From there, the scoring is very balanced with two players with nine (Gill, Atkins), and then guys with eight (Shayok), seven (Perrantes), six (Brogdon), five (Nolte), and two (Hall). London had a typical line with seven points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal, and no turnovers.

Anderson is now 70% (7-10) from beyond the arc in the first two games. Umm, ok.

Wilkins didn't score, but had three blocks, one assist, and one steal in 13 minutes. Shayok wowed the home crowd of 12,845 with a couple threes, a couple steals, and some tough defense.

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Virginia's defensive unit clicked more overall on Sunday, holding the Spartans under 50, meaning One Love Foundation is getting some money!

Virginia plays SC State tomorrow night at JPJ at 7pm, so come out and support the Hoos!

Oh, and check out all of Joe Harris' swooniness. He's now swooned over LeBron James and Brad Stevens to go with his head coach David Blatt.

Go Hoos!