Virginia Hosts No. 14/13 George Washington Monday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE Fresh off a season-opening victory over Longwood Saturday night, the Virginia women’s basketball team has a quick turnaround and hosts No. 14/13 George Washington Monday in John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is 7 p.m., with the game being broadcast on ACC Select (ACCSelect.com).
The Cavaliers opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 62-49 win over the Lancers. Aisha Mohammed and Enong Stovall each had double-double performances to lead UVa. Mohammed was impressive in her debut, scoring a game-high 16 points and adding 10 rebounds. The Lagos, Nigeria, native missed the 2006-07 season with an injury and was playing her first career game as a Cavalier. Stovall, meanwhile, also missed the 2006-07 season and made a triumphant return to the starting lineup with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first career double-double efforts for both players.
George Washington, ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll, returns four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Joe McKeown is in his 19th season, and the Colonials are 1-0 on the young season after defeating UMBC, 79-59, on Nov. 9.
Virginia leads the all-time series with George Washington, 10-0, dating back to the 1979 season. The last meeting was Nov. 18, 2005, a 65-52 Cavalier victory at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
Monday marks the first nationally ranked opponent of the season for Virginia. Despite not being ranked in either preseason poll, the Cavaliers were tabbed No. 25 in the nation by ESPN.com’s panel of experts (Mechelle Voepel, Charlie Creme, Beth Mowins and Graham Hays) in their Top 25.
Following the GW matchup, Virginia will play its first road game on Thursday, Nov. 15, when it travels to South Carolina. Tip-off from the Colonial Center (18,000) is 7 p.m.