Trapped in a half-court game for much of the afternoon, Virginia guards Cherrise Graham and LaTonya Blue broke free in the final 11 minutes to lead the Cavaliers past Georgetown, 69-57.
Graham scored 11 of her game-high 23 points and Blue had eight of her 10 points as Virginia closed the game with a 27-15 run.
"We used our athleticism a little bit better" late in the game, Cavaliers Coach Debbie Ryan said. "We ran the ball harder and penetrated. That was what we had really planned to do from the start, but we sort of played a much slower game for some reason in the beginning of the second half."
Virginia (8-10) held the Hoyas to 34 percent shooting and their second-lowest point total of the season. Georgetown forward Rebekkah Brunson scored 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting -- her third straight game under 40 percent -- while her perimeter partner, sophomore point guard Mary Lisicky, was 5 of 21 for 14 points.
"Our two main kids had a tough day," said Georgetown Coach Patrick Knapp, whose team has lost three in a row after jumping out to its best start in program history. "I think we got enough good looks to take the game down to the wire, but we didn't shoot well."
The Hoyas (11-5) trailed 32-26 at halftime, led for 91 seconds in the second half and Brunson's free throw tied the game at 42 with 10 minutes 55 seconds remaining. But Virginia, with one of its quickest lineups on the court, responded with an 11-0 burst, then survived a brief Georgetown push that cut the margin to four a few minutes later.
"In the last 10 minutes, we played very poor defense, let people get to the basket and cut behind us," Knapp said.
Graham and Blue were joined on the court by guard Anna Prillaman and forwards Tiffany Sardin and Brandi Teamer (14 points) during the Cavaliers' decisive 11-0 run, which included two fast-break baskets and two half-court field goals borne of back-door cuts and quick passing. Virginia was dominated on the boards, 43-24, Thursday at Florida State, which led to a 55-46 loss and the Cavaliers' lowest point total in six years. But this afternoon they out-rebounded the Hoyas 40-32, led by six rebounds apiece from Teamer, Graham and forward Jocelyn Logan-Friend (St. John's). Brunson grabbed 14, but no other Hoya had more than four.
Graham, who has hit a program-record 28 consecutive free throws, scored 10 points in her first 10 minutes, helping the Cavaliers score seven straight points for a 28-21 lead with 2:25 left before halftime. They maintained a six-point margin at the break before the Hoyas scored 11 of the first 15 points of the second half to take a 37-36 lead -- their first in 15 minutes -- with 13:49 left.
Cavaliers Notes: After starting 14 of the first 17 games this season, Prillaman missed most of the game because of illness, but she recovered sufficiently to play the final 12 minutes. . . . Virginia, which had not faced Georgetown since 1993, improved to 6-0 against the Hoyas. . . . The Cavaliers are 6-2 at home and 1-0 on neutral courts this season but 1-8 on the road.