Willoughby Leads Virginia Women Past Wake Forest in ACC

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Jocelyn Willoughby scored 17 points and helped eighth-seeded Virginia get off to a fast start en route to a 61-44 win over ninth-seeded Wake Forest in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Thursday.

Willoughby had eight points, four rebounds and a block in the first quarter when the Cavaliers used a 13-0 run to build a 19-8 lead. After both teams scored just six points in the second quarter Virginia opened the second half with a 15-5 run and Wake Forest never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Dominique Toussaint, J’Kyra Brown and Felicia Aiyeotan had 10 points apiece for the Cavs (19-11), who face top-seeded and third-ranked Notre Dame in the quarterfinals on Friday. Aiyeotan had six of 12 Virginia blocks.

Elisa Penna had 12 points for the Demon Deacons (15-15).

Willoughby scored Virginia’s first six points, the last bucket making it 6-5 and starting the 13-0 run. Wake Forest was 3 of 14 in the first quarter and 3 of 19 in the second, shooting 18 percent in the first half of 25 for the game.

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