The Virginia Cavaliers coasted to a 78-51 win over Rider on Wednesday night inside John Paul Jones Arena. Here are five takeaways from the Wahoos’ third-straight victory.
UVA easily overcame another slow start
Virginia shot just 2-for-16 from the floor in the first quarter and found themselves trailing Rider 15-11 after the opening period. The Broncs’ 3-2 zone threw the ‘Hoos off a little bit early on, but Coach Mox’s squad quickly settled down.
The ‘Hoos shot a solid 45% from the floor the rest of the way and outscored Rider by at least nine points in each of the game’s final three quarters.
And, as has become a consistent theme this season, the ‘Hoos finished incredibly strong. Virginia opened the third quarter on an 18-6 run and slammed the door shut late in the fourth with a 20-4 run to close the game.
The ‘Hoos dominated the glass
It wasn’t a great shooting night overall for UVA (38.2% FG, 25% 3PT), but their work on the glass was the story of the night.
The ‘Hoos out-rebounded Rider 60-22 overall and grabbed 31 offensive rebounds (leading to 26 second-chance points) while only allowing the Broncs to pull down three offensive themselves (which resulted in zero second-chance points).
Camryn Taylor led the team with 13 rebounds, Jillian Brown (11 rebounds) and Kymora Johnson (7 rebounds) did a great job getting in the mix from the guard spot, and freshman Edessa Noyan pulled down 6 rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
Camryn Taylor was dominant yet again
Virginia’s leading scorer this season put up another stellar performance, pouring in 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 FT) to go along with her team-high 13 rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of action.
These big performances have become routine for Taylor who, on the season, is now averaging 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds (both slight upticks from her second-team All-ACC season last winter). She has been a consistent presence down low for the ‘Hoos and has demonstrated time after time that she can take over a game.
There have been a lot of moving parts in the rotation in the early going this season as the ‘Hoos have worked players back into action from injury and Coach Mox has tinkered with different lineup combinations. But Taylor has been a steadying force in every game for the Cavaliers and looks well on her way to another All-ACC caliber year.
It was a big night for the bench
With the ‘Hoos cruising in the second half, the reserves were able to get a lot of run down the stretch.
Jillian Brown had another big night as the Cavaliers’ sixth-man with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, but it was Edessa Noyan who was the story off the bench.
The freshman from Sweden finished with a career-high 8 points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT) and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes of action. After being forced into the starting lineup in the season-opener against UMES, Noyan has had a bit of a reduced role recently but flashed a versatile offensive game while making the most of her opportunity against the Broncs.
Virginia gets a break at the perfect time
The Cavaliers now get a 10-day break for exams before hosting Wofford on December 16th inside JPJ.
The break couldn’t come at better time, however, as according to Coach Mox after the game several Cavaliers are under the weather. London Clarkson was one of the ‘Hoos dealing with an illness and wasn’t in uniform on Wednesday.
Hopefully Virginia is able to use the extended break to rest up and get healthy before the schedule gets rolling again next Saturday.