NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Playing its third consecutive road game against a top-10 opponent, the Virginia women’s basketball team (14-6, 3-6 ACC) lost 76-54 at No. 7 Notre Dame (16-2, 7-1) on Sunday (Jan. 22) at Purcell Pavilion.
Notre Dame broke the game open early, using a 14-0 run to establish an 18-4 lead in the first quarter, building up a 20-point advantage in the third quarter.
Notre Dame had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore guard Sonia Citron’s 20-point outing. She finished with a career-high six three-pointers and also pulled down nine rebounds.
Camryn Taylor was the lone Cavalier to reach double figures, scoring a team-high 13 points. Freshman point guard Yonta Vaughn made her first career start,
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame broke the game open early, using a 14-0 run to establish an 18-4 lead. The Cavaliers missed 10 consecutive field goals attempts during the quarter and turned the ball over eight times.
UVA’s guard-oriented lineup struggled against Notre Dame’s zone defense and big lineup. At times the Irish had four players at least 6-1 on floor which helped Notre Dame block three first-quarter shots when the Cavaliers attempted to drive to the basket. The Irish finished the game with eight total blocks.
An outside jump shot from Taylor and a three-point field goal by Cady Pauley in the quarter’s final minute allowed the Cavaliers to close to 18-9.
A London Clarkson layup followed by a three-pointer by Vaughn at the 6:19 mark of the second quarter trimmed Notre Dame’s lead to 22-15. At that point, the Irish splashed a trio of three-point shots, capped by Cassandre Prosper’s bucket at 3:44, to double its lead to 31-17.
Citron had the hot hand for the Irish during the quarter, scoring eight points, including a pair of three-pointers against UVA’s zone defense. She finished the half with 11 points.
Thanks to a 14-4 scoring advantage in the paint, Notre Dame carried a 35-23 lead into halftime.
Virginia could not chip away at the Irish advantage in the third quarter. Forward Lauren Ebo scored on a three-point play in the paint, forward Kylee Watson drove the lane for a score and Citron hit her fourth straight three-pointer to put Notre Dame up 45-25 at the 7:27 mark of the quarter.
Notre Dame outscored the Cavaliers 29-19 in the third quarter as Olivia Miles scored seven points. The Irish hit three of four three-point shots, including one by Miles, to end the quarter and give Notre Dame a 64-42 lead as…