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Virginia women’s basketball team earns 61-52 victory over Virginia Tech

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Hoos pick up crucial ACC win over in-state rivals.

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The Virginia Cavaliers rebounded from their first ACC loss to pick up a 61-52 win over Va Tech on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Virginia improved to 13-7 (6-1 ACC). Aliyah Huland El led the way for the Hoos with 14 points, and Dominique Toussaint (13 points) Lauren Moses (11 points), and Jocelyn Willoughby (10 points) also hit double digits. Felicia Aiyeotan had all four of Virginia’s blocks and had a team-high eight rebounds.

From the field, Virginia shot 39% (24% from three), but turned the ball over 14 times.

VaTech’s Taylor Emery led the Hokies with 18 points and Chanette Hicks added 16 before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. The Hokies struggled with Virginia’s defense, shooting just 28% from the field and 14% from three.

Virginia led 21-16 after the first quarter and 37-27 at the half, but struggled in the second half. VaTech outscored the Hoos 15-11 in the third quarter, but Virginia got just enough down the stretch to put the game away thanks to a perfect day at the line (13-for-13).

The Hoos salted the game away with a 13-2 run after going 0-11 from the field to start the fourth quarter.

One thing to keep an eye on is Moses’s knee as the stellar forward appeared to hyperextend it after a collision with a VaTech player late in the game.

Next up, Virginia heads to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels on Thursday.

The win gave Virginia a half point in the Commonwealth Clash, which VaTech leads 4-2 early thanks to cross country, volleyball, and football (ugh) wins.

In case you missed it, we chatted with former Virginia basketball star and current ESPN3 analyst Chelsea Shine Wilson about the Cavalier basketball teams.

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