Willoughby

Willoughby

The Virginia women’s basketball team picked up the first win of the Tina Thompson era on Sunday with a 73-67 road victory over Old Dominion.

In earning their first win of the season, the Cavaliers also picked up their first victory over the Monarchs in Norfolk since Nov. 22, 2002.

Junior Jocelyn Willoughby finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Cavaliers (1-2), who had four players score in double figures.

Dominque Toussaint and Mone Jones had 11 points apiece, while center Felicia Aiyeotan just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Aiyeotan also had two blocks.

The 11 points were a career high for Jones, who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line. Jones also matched her career high in rebounds with seven.

Virginia, which led 35-31 at halftime, used a 12-1 run in the third quarter to build a 51-43 lead. Old Dominion rallied to narrow the deficit to 56-52 with 9:39 remaining, but then both teams went cold offensively.

ODU missed its next six field goal attempts as well as a pair of free throws, while the Cavaliers also missed six-straight shots.

Willoughby, who went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line, ended UVa’s scoring drought with a pair of free throws with six minutes to go. Old Dominion narrowed the gap to three, 62-59, after Maggie Robinson hit a 3-pointer and a free throw from Victoria Morris with 2:52 remaining.

The Cavaliers answered with two buckets from Jones and baskets from Toussaint and Aiyeotan on their next four possessions to secure the win.

The free throw line played a big factor in the Wahoos’ win. Old Dominion was 1-of-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and 12-of-21 in the game. Meanwhile, Virginia shot a season-best 85.7 percent from the line (24-of-28).

The Cavaliers host North Carolina A&T on Tuesday at 11 a.m. 

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