Virginia Returns Home To Host Richmond Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts Richmond Sunday at 2 p.m. in John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers (1-2) are looking for a win after suffering consecutive two-point losses to nationally ranked George Washington (Nov. 12) and South Carolina (Nov. 15).
UVa owns a 10-3 series edge over Richmond since the teams first met in 1980. Last season, the Spiders earned a 73-70 victory on Jan. 3, 2007, in Richmond. In that game, Cavaliers Monica Wright (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Lyndra Littles (17 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles.
Through three games, Littles leads the Cavaliers offensively, averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in her two appearances. The junior forward recorded her first double-double of the season and the 21st of her career on Nov. 12 against George Washington with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore starter Paulisha Kellum, meanwhile, has also found her offensive rhythm in her second season with the Cavs. Against South Carolina, she poured in a career-high 19 points and added four rebounds and three steals. Kellum ranks second on the team by averaging 13.0 points per game.
Richmond is also 1-2 on the season after defeating Kennesaw State (61-60, Nov. 11) and dropping contests to Georgia (81-53, Nov. 9) and Fairfield (72-57, Nov. 14). The Spiders return four starters and eight letterwinners that last year’s squad that finished with a 13-17 overall record (7-7) in the Atlantic 10.
Following Sunday’s contest, Virginia will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. First up at the tourney is a matchup with nationally ranked Texas on Friday, Nov. 23. On the other side of the bracket, Kentucky and Minnesota face off.