Virginia Returns Home To Host Clemson Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia looks to continue its ACC win streak when it hosts Clemson Thursday night. Tip-off from John Paul Jones Arena is 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on ACC Select.
Additionally, live audio is available through V Pass and the contest will air on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James (play-by-play), Myron Ripley (color commentary) and Larry Johnson (statistics) calling the action.
Virginia (19-7, 7-3 ACC) is receiving votes in both national polls. Over the course of its last 17 games, the only losses for the Cavaliers have come at the hands of then-No. 1 Connecticut (Dec. 5), two setbacks to No. 4 Maryland (Jan. 18 and Feb. 8) and a loss to No. 3 North Carolina (Feb. 15).
In the ACC standings, Virginia is currently listed in fourth place and is a half-game behind third-place Duke (19-7, 8-3 ACC).
Thursday night could be a history-making night for senior point guard Sharne Zoll, who is six assists shy of breaking the all-time ACC mark. Zoll, a four-year starter, has dished out 724 assists during her tenure and is chasing the conference-best mark held by former UVa great Dawn Staley (729 from 1989-92).
Zoll, who has emerged in her senior season as one of the best point guards in the nation, also aids the Cavaliers by averaging 9.0 points and 5.9 assists per game. She currently leads the league in assist/turnover ratio and most recently posted a double-double against Virginia Tech (Feb. 17) with 12 points and 11 assists.
Clemson (10-15, 3-7 ACC) is led by D’Lesha Lloyd (9.3 ppg) and Lele Hardy (7.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg). The Tigers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak (at North Carolina, Feb. 7 and Duke, Feb. 13).
Virginia leads the all-time series with Clemson, 33-28, including four-straight victories.
On deck for the Cavaliers is a road game at Duke on Sunday. Tip-off from Cameron Indoor Stadium is 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.