Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, January 18

Jan. 18, 2010

No. 24 Virginia Holds Off Virginia Tech, 70-56

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 27 points to lead the 24th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team to its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season, a 70-56 victory over in-state rival Virginia Tech.

Virginia’s overall record improved to 12-5, while its conference record went to 1-2. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, looking for its second-straight upset over a ranked opponent after defeating No. 10 North Carolina in its last outing, dropped to 11-6 overall, 1-2 in the ACC.

Wright’s 27 points marked her 10th 20+ point performance of the season, and the senior guard moved into the ACC’s all-time top 10 scoring list. She is now the only UVa player in the league’s all-time top 10 with 2,167 career points.

No. 7 Duke Falls to No. 1 UConn, 81-48

DURHAM, N.C. - Junior Jasmine Thomas scored a team-high 17 points and dished out four assists, but it was not enough for the Duke Blue Devils (15-3, 3-0) who fell to the top-ranked Connecticut Huskies 81-48 from Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday night.

It was the 13th sellout in Duke women's basketball history with 9,314 in attendance.

Thomas was the only Duke player to score in double figures. Seniors Joy Cheek and Bridgette Mitchell each chipped in with 8 points for the Blue Devils, who fell for the first time at home this season, and for the first time in Duke's last 24 home contests.