A season that began with so much promise for Virginia's women ended in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament's first round as the injury-riddled Cavaliers lost 66-57 Thursday night to Boston College at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The sixth-seeded Cavaliers trailed 37-24 early in the second half, then went on a run to pull even at 42 and go ahead 45-44.
The Eagles regained control at 57-51 and 59-54, but Ataira Franklin's three-point play narrowed the gap to 59-57 with 1:27 remaining. But U.Va. never scored again, and a layup and two free throws by Tessah Holt virtually put away the game.
Franklin led U.Va. (16-14) with 17 points, and Faith Randolph had 14. Sarah Imovbioh grabbed 10 rebounds.
How bad is its for the Cavaliers? Coach Joanne Boyle said if her team is offered a WNIT bid, it will decline.
"We're just too injured," she told the Daily Progress. "We don't have the depth, and the NIT is such a grind. You're on the road ..."
Four players scored in double figures for 11th-seeded BC, which advanced to face third-seeded North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Kerri Shields had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Virginia retains a shot for postseason play -- in the WNIT or another lower-level event -- but not in the NCAA.
Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson scored 17 points for Miami, which advanced to face No. 4 seeded Florida State in a quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Friday.
Senior Morgan Stroman added a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with eight points, though the Hurricanes shot 28.6 percent from the floor.
Virginia Tech had three players in double figures, led by Alyssa Fenyn and Uju Ugoka with 11 points apiece, as the Hokies finish 10-20.
Miami took an early lead, with Wilson scoring five of Miami’s first nine points and Stroman contributing six points and three assists, carrying the Hurricanes to a 21-8 lead at halftime.
Virginia Tech’s eight points set a tournament record for fewest first-half points. Miami’s defense held Tech to a season-low in field-goal percentage (14).
Kody Burke scored 16 points as North Carolina State rallied past Clemson.
Marissa Kastanek added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (16-15). State held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 6-plus minutes and closed the game with a 16-1 run to advance to face top-seeded Duke on Friday. That will be a rematch of a 2012 quarterfinal won by N.C. State.
Nikki Dixon scored 11 points for Clemson (9-21), which went up 44-40 on Chancie Dunn's three-point play with 6:14 left. The Tigers missed their final nine shots.
The Demon Deacons put all five starters in double figures, led by Lakevia Boykin’s 21 points. Sandra Garcia grabbed 12 rebounds for Wake, which plays No. 2 Maryland Friday.
MEAC regular season
Eboni Ross had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as North Carolina A&T won 62-47 over Norfolk State at Echols Hall.
Batavia Owens had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (6-21, 4-12).