CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women’s basketball team (4-5) defeated Maryland Eastern Shore (3-7) 81-46 Tuesday night (Dec. 17) at John Paul Jones Arena.
After UVa trailed 8-0 three minutes into the game, the Cavaliers outscored the Lady Hawks 36-15 in the final 17 minutes of the period, including scoring eight unanswered points in the final 1:14 of the half, to take a 36-23 advantage into the break.
Virginia forced a season-high 35 turnovers in the game, scoring 34 points of those UMES miscues. The Cavaliers logged 22 steals, with senior guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) grabbing four, and also took four charges.
“This was a really good win for us,” said Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle. “We forced 35 turnovers and that translated into easy baskets. When you get that, there’s just not as much pressure on the offensive end of the floor. We outrebounded them by 11, so all the important stats about finishing a play really helped us tonight.”
Sophomore guard Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) scored a career-high 22 points, opening the game by making five of her first eight field goal attempts. She finished shooting 9-of-14 overall and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Randolph also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals.