WNIT ACCtion: Virginia Wins at Home, Boston College Rolls on the Road

March 17, 2011

Virginia Defeats Morgan State, 69-56, In WNIT First Round

The Virginia women's basketball team built an early lead and held on for a 69-56 victory over visiting Morgan State Thursday night in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

In the first half, Virginia's lead at times ballooned to as many as 16 points, but Morgan State pulled to within 11 points, 38-27, at the 1:34 mark on a 3-pointer by Brittany Dodson. UVa responded by going on a 5-0 run to end the half and take a 43-27 lead.

In the second half, UVa took its largest lead with 10:21 left, 63-37. The Lady Bears ended the game on a 19-6 run and the final score was 69-56.

Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) finished as the Cavaliers' leading scorer with 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) added 10 points, three assists and four rebounds.

Jaclyn Thoman Leads Boston College To Victory

Seniors Jaclyn Thoman and Stefanie Murphy combined for 41 points as Boston College defeated Yale, 85-61, at the John J. Lee Amphitheater tonight in the first round of the WNIT Tournament. Boston College improves to 19-12 on the season, while Yale finishes the season at 14-15.

Thoman had 15 points in the first half and finished with 23 points. Murphy had 18 points and seven boards while freshman Korina Chapman added nine points off the bench. Senior Carolyn Swords finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, as she fouled out early in the second half.

Boston College took a 47-28 lead in the first half. The Eagles put together a 13-3 run to pull away from the Bulldogs midway through the half. BC out rebounded Yale, 21-6 and shot a sizzling 70 percent from the floor.

The half was not about the BC "Bigs". It was Thoman who had 15 first half points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor. She also had three rebounds and a steal. Murphy, who was saddled with two fouls, had nine points and four boards.

The second half was more of the same as BC maintained the lead grew behind Murphy's hot shooting early. She gave BC a 25 point lead at 16:45 on a layup inside off a nice feed from Thoman. The closest Yale got in the second half was 18 points at 9:35 in the half on foul shots from Mady Gobrecht.