Cavaliers Head To In-State Rival Virginia Tech Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia women’s basketball team will look to bounce back from a close 90-82 loss to No. 3 North Carolina Friday night when it travels to Blacksburg Sunday for an ACC contest with rival Virginia Tech. Tip-off from Cassell Coliseum is 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ACC Select.
Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 in the Charlottesville area with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action.
Virginia (18-7, 6-3 ACC) has a quick turnaround, as the Cavaliers played another ranked team down to the wire Friday night in John Paul Jones Arena. Lyndra Littles had 22 points and Aisha Mohammed added 16 points and nine rebounds, but No. 3 UNC outlasted the Cavaliers with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch and several key defensive plays.
Virginia Tech (14-11, 1-9 ACC), meanwhile, was last in action on Feb. 11 at Miami. In that overtime game, the Hokies came away with an 81-73 victory for their first league win. Brittany Cook leads the team by averaging 18.4 points per game, which is also tops in the conference.
In the all-time series with Virginia Tech, Virginia leads, 30-10. The teams last met earlier this season (Jan. 13) in Charlottesville. In that game, the Cavaliers fought back from a three-point halftime deficit and used a second-half surge to upend the Hokies, 70-57.
Monica Wright had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Mohammed scored a team-high 18 points to lead Virginia.
Wright, a sophomore out of Woodbridge, Va., continues to lead the Cavs in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game. Littles is right behind her at 16.1 ppg, while Mohammed averages 12.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
On deck for Virginia is a home contest against Clemson on Thursday, Feb. 21 at John Paul Jones Arena.