The Virginia Cavaliers girls’s basketball workforce misplaced its third straight sport to begin the season, shedding to UCF 59-38 at John Paul Jones Enviornment on Wednesday evening.
It was a sloppy sport on each side as neither workforce shot the ball notably effectively and each groups struggled tremendously with ball safety. Three components proved to be the distinction:
1. Factors off turnovers
Virginia and UCF each turned the ball over at a disturbingly excessive fee, tallying 23 turnovers every. What the groups did with these takeaways diverse tremendously, nonetheless, with UCF scoring 24 factors off turnovers and Virginia scoring solely 13 factors off turnovers. Most occasions, when the Knights gifted the Cavaliers a possession, the Hoos returned the favor by giving the ball proper again.
UCF gained the rebounding battle by a large margin, out-rebounding Virginia 39-23. The Knights collected 9 offensive rebounds and scored 12 second likelihood factors. UVA had solely 5 offensive rebounds and scored simply 4 second likelihood factors.
3. Free throws
Free throw makes an attempt had been pretty even, however UCF transformed these makes an attempt at a a lot increased fee than Virginia. The Knights went 14/17 from the charity stripe, whereas the Cavaliers shot 6/15 (40%) from the free throw line.
The results of these statistical variations was a lopsided 21-point victory for the Knights, with a lead that grew progressively over the primary three quarters of the sport. UCF led 16-11 after the primary quarter, earlier than outscoring UVA 18-9 within the second quarter to blow the sport open. The Knights turned up the defensive stress within the third quarter, holding the Cavaliers to only 5 factors to basically put the sport out of attain.
Virginia tried 18 threes within the sport, however transformed solely 4 of them. Two of these threes got here from Amandine Toi, who completed with seven factors and 4 rebounds. Camryn Taylor led Virginia in scoring with 10 factors and added 4 rebounds. Eleah Parker chipped in 5 factors and 4 rebounds.
UCF was led by Tay Sanders, who dropped 15 factors, and Brittney Smith, who recorded a 12-point, 10-rebound, double-double. Alisha Lewis crammed the stat sheet with 11 factors, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals.
With the loss, Virginia falls to 0-3 on the season. The Cavaliers have numerous new items on their roster this season, together with a number of transfers, and it’s clear that it’s taking an prolonged time period for the Hoos to gel collectively and get right into a rhythm as a workforce.
Up subsequent, Virginia heads west for a pair of video games in California. The Cavaliers play at No. 20 UCLA on Sunday and at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday.