Virginia won its first women’s NCAA tournament game in nine years. The Cavaliers’ reward is a matchup with the most famous player in program history in South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.
Staley, a Hall of Famer, led Virginia to three Final Fours and an appearance in the title game, her grit and toughness powering Virginia from 1989-92. These Cavaliers showed some Staley-like determination in holding off No. 7 seed California 68-62 to start the Albany Regional on Friday.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Virginia center Felicia Aiyeotan, who led the team with 16 points.
Sophomore guard Jocelyn Willoughby said Virginia players love the legacy Staley left them. But...