UVa Wraps Up Road Swing At Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia women’s basketball team wraps up its regular-season road schedule with a 7 p.m. Thursday night matchup at Boston College. The Cavaliers are looking for a win to clinch a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament (March 6-9 in Greensboro, N.C.)
The BC game will be streamed live on ACC Select. Additionally, live audio is available through V Pass, and the game will air on the radio on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area.
Virginia (20-8, 8-4 ACC) is receiving votes in both national polls and has reached the 20-win milestone during the regular-season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Sharne Zoll became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time assists leader on Feb. 21 vs. Clemson, breaking the 16-year-old record held by Dawn Staley (729; 1989-92). Heading into Thursday’s game, Zoll has dished out 736 assists and is averaging 6.0 per game this season.
Sophomore Monica Wright leads the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor. She leads the team and ranks third in the ACC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, Wright has been named the conference’s player of the week once this year and was also selected as a member of the Naismith Trophy preseason watch list.
Wright has 996 career points and will look to become the third Cavalier this season to pass the 1,000-point plateau against the Eagles.
Down low for Virginia, Lyndra Littles and Aisha Mohammed have emerged as one of the strongest frontcourts in the league. Littles ranks second on the team and 10th in the ACC in scoring (15.8 ppg), while Mohammed has registered 11 double-doubles on the year and nearly averages one (13.0 points, 9.3 rebounds per game).
Rounding out the Cavaliers’ starting lineup is sophomore Paulisha Kellum. While her reputation can be described as underrated, she recently exploded offensively against fourth-ranked Maryland on Feb. 8 for 23 points and averages 9.4 ppg.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 4-1, and won the lone meeting last year. In that game, the Cavaliers prevailed, 65-63, in overtime at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Eagles (18-9, 6-6 ACC) are led by freshmen Stefanie Murphy (15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds per game) and Carolyn Swords (13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds per game). Together, the duo has combined to earn nine ACC Rookie of the Week honors this season.
Boston College head coach Cathy Inglese is in her 14th season and has compiled a 270-176 record at BC.
Following the BC game is the Cavaliers’ regular-season finale, a home meeting with Georgia Tech on Sunday, March 2. Seniors Sharne Zoll and Tara McKnight will be honored prior to the tip-off, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game with the Yellow Jackets will be streamed live on ACC Select.