Saturday, March 18, 2006

Virginia defeats St. Joe's in WNIT 48-42

The Virginia women's basketball team has had an up and down season, but their postseason started off on the right foot with a 48-42 victory over the St. Joseph Hawks. The game was not the prettiest, but it could very well be the last ever basketball game at U-Hall. In which case, at least the Old Clam went out with a win and not that heartbreaker to Maryland.

Virginia was led by a gutsy performance from Siedah Williams. Her 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals truly were the difference in this defensive struggle. To imagine that she did this with a bad leg makes the performance even more impressive. Lyndra Littles was the only other Cavalier to hit double figures with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Despite those impressive numbers it could have been more if not going 0-2 at the line. In fact Virginia at the line was an abysmal 7 of 17, which helped keep the game tight and give the Hawks life.

St. Joseph had a terrible time scoring but it never really mattered because UVA's futility helped keep the Hawks in the ball game. The Cavaliers shot 36% from the floor by St. Joe's could only muster 29%, going 16-22 at the line however was something Virginia should take note of. Timisha Gomex led the Hawks with 11 points and Whitney French added in another 10 but they also contributed 14 of the 23 St. Joe turnovers. In the end, poor shooting, sloppy passing and rebounding cost them the game.

For Virginia it was a terrible shooting game even at the line, their offense was only able to really get things going in the transition game. The Cavaliers scored half of their points off of turnovers, HALF! The fact of the matter is Virginia could have easily lost if it had been another team, but the season continues. Up next for the Cavaliers are the Miami Hurricanes who knocked off FIU 95-83. The Canes will most likely host the game, when Virginia played at Miami earlier this year they registered an impressive road victory. A similar performance would prove critical to keeping the momentum towards next season going. The Cavaliers will just have to be much better than they were tonight


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