No. 8 Virginia 85, West Virginia 72
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Monick Foote made a triumphant return after sitting out last season with chronic leg injuries, scoring 20 points to lead No. 8 Virginia past West Virginia 85-72 in a season opener Sunday.
Virginia, one of four Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in the women’s Top 25 poll, never trailed. DeMya Walker hit two baskets as the Cavaliers opened the game with a 10-1 run.
West Virginia’s half-court press forced 24 turnovers, and its free throw shooting made up for some cold shooting from the floor and kept the game from becoming a rout.
West Virginia, which hit 15 of 18 free throws in the first half, sank six free throws in a 13-8 run in the final 5:59 to pull to 42-35 at halftime.
But Svetlana Volnaya hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and the Cavaliers twice pushed the lead back to 12. West Virginia got no closer than 66-60 with 8:01 left.
Virginia put the game away with a 10-4 run. Lisa Hosac hit two baskets, then Foote, who redshirted last season to allow a chronic ankle problem and stress fracture in her right leg to heal, and Tifany Bower, who also missed the season with a torn Achilles tendon, made 3-pointers.
Volnaya and Lesley Brown added 16 points for Virginia. Walker added 12.
Rebecca Burbridge led West Virginia with 29. Mandy Ronay had 12.