BLACKSBURG — For the second time this season, it looked like the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team might finally end its long losing streak against Virginia.
But once again, the Cavaliers prevailed.
UVa beat the Hokies for the 14th straight time Sunday, rallying for a 50-47 victory at Cassell Coliseum.
“We definitely didn’t want to lose, especially to these guys,” said UVa’s Telia McCall, who had 12 points.
The Hokies (8-15, 2-10) won at Georgia Tech on Friday, recording their first win over the Yellow Jackets in six years.
On Sunday, they had a chance for their first win over UVa (15-8, 7-5) in six years. But the Hokies mustered just one basket in the final 9:31.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Monet Tellier, who in the final seven minutes missed two shots, missed three of four free throws and had a key turnover.
“It’s an extremely bitter defeat,” Tech coach Dennis Wolff said.
Last month, the Hokies led UVa with 1:48 to go but lost 52-48.
This time, Ataira Franklin made a jumper to give UVa the lead for good at 46-45 with 2:59 to go. It was UVa’s first basket in more than seven minutes and gave Virginia its first lead of the second half.
After Tellier missed a jumper, UVa’s China Crosby missed two free throws. But Sarah Imovbioh got the rebound and putback to extend the lead to 48-45 with 2:30 remaining.
The Hokies missed their next two shots. But Alyssa Fenyn stole the ball from Faith Randolph, and Aerial Wilson made a layup to cut the deficit to 48-47 with 1:06 left.
After UVa’s Kelsey Wolfe missed a layup, Fenyn got the rebound with 34.1 seconds left.
But in the waning seconds, Tellier dribbled the ball off her own foot. Crosby scooped up the ball and scored on a fast-break layup for a 50-47 lead with 4.5 seconds left.
UVa coach Joanne Boyle mulled over fouling the Hokies so they couldn’t make a game-tying 3-pointer, but she decided against it.
Tellier (10 points) put up a 3-pointer that went off the rim at the buzzer.
“It looked like it was going to go in,” Tellier said.
UVa, which trailed 30-24 at halftime, avoided a third straight defeat.
“Going into the game, we had talked about in the locker room when the coaches weren’t there. We were just saying that we need this win, we need to be able to get our swag back,” said Franklin, who had 12 points.
Is it back?
“It’s back,” she said.
Lauren Evans had 13 points for the Hokies, who snapped a nine-game skid Friday.
UVa shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the second half, but the Hokies shot only 20 percent in the half. Tech made just five baskets in the second half.
“Our mentality had become, ‘Well, if we can’t score right now, they’re not going to score either,’ ” Franklin said.
The Hokies had made a total of just 12 3-pointers in their nine-game skid. But they sank seven 3-pointers Friday and were 7-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half Sunday.
But UVa scrapped its zone for a switching man-to-man defense late in the first half, and the Hokies were 0 of 5 from 3-point range in the second half.
“The switching bothered us,” Wolff said.
“We did a good job of finding the open person in the first half and not so much in the second half,” Tellier said.
The game tipped off less than 40 hours after the Hokies’ game Friday ended. Wolff said his team got worn down in the second half.
Tech’s Uju Ugoka missed her second straight game with a sprained knee ligament. Taijah Campbell missed her third straight game with Achilles tendinitis.
Both teams wore pink-flavored uniforms because it was the Hokies’ annual “Play 4Kay” home game for breast cancer awareness.