For the first time since 2011, the Virginia Cavaliers notched a top-five upset as the Hoos took down #4 Florida State, 60-51. First year Dominique Toussaint led the Cavaliers with 14 points as she went 6-for-11 from the field (2-for-3 from three), including hitting a clutch step-back three pointer to give Virginia a 53-51 lead they wouldn’t relinquish with just 1:28 left. On the next Virginia possession, Toussaint took the ball into the paint and hit a high layup off the glass to give the Hoos some cushion. A block from Lauren Moses all but sealed the deal, and Virginia hit free throws down the stretch.
FSU came into Charlottesville averaging over 82 points per game, but the Hoos held the Seminoles to their lowest offensive output of the season. Virginia out-rebounded FSU 42-32, led by Lisa Jablonowski and Felicia Alyeotan who each had six boards. For the game, the Hoos held the Seminoles to 35% shooting, including 17% from three and an abysmal 46% from the free throw line.
Virginia got additional help scoring with 10 points from J’Kyra Brown, and Breyana Mason and Jocelyn Willoughby added eight apiece. The Hoos shot 42% from the field for the game, and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. Brown added six rebounds and three assists to go with her 10 points.
Shakayla Thomas led the way for Florida State with 11 points, but she had to exit the game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Both Brittany Brown and Ivey Slaughter added 10 points each for the Seminoles.
The win is the second ranked victory for the Hoos, who took down #19 Virginia Tech 76-27 at the end of January. Virginia is now on a two-game win streak and will head to Virginia Tech on Sunday.