No. 14 Virginia Tips Off ACC Play Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE No. 14 Virginia begins the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its schedule on Sunday, when it hosts No. 25 Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m., and live streaming video of the game is available through ACC Select.
The game will be broadcast over the airwaves in the Charlottesville area on WINA 1070 AM with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action. Additionally, live audio is available through V Pass and live statistics are accessible at VirginiaSports.com.
Sunday is another Family Day at John Paul Jones Arena. Fans can purchase four tickets, four Pepsi products and four hot dogs for $32.
Virginia (13-2) has won eight-consecutive games and is undefeated at home this year with a perfect 9-0 record. The Cavaliers used a big second half to put away St. Francis (Pa.), 82-66, in their last outing (Jan. 5), and got 22 points from Monica Wright and a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) from Aisha Mohammed.
Wright continues to lead the ACC in scoring (22.0 points per game), while Mohammed has returned from arthroscopic knee surgery to play in the Cavaliers’ last two games.
Lyndra Littles, meanwhile, was voted the ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 5) after averaging 25.7 points in victories over Rider (Dec. 28), Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29) and Georgia (Jan. 2).
For the season, Littles is averaging 19.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Wake Forest, ranked No. 25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (Jan. 6), enters the contest with a 12-2 record after dropping its last two games. The Demon Deacons were defeated at Richmond, 45-33, on Jan. 6, and at No. 15 Maryland, 92-65, on Jan. 8.
Alex Tchangoue leads the team by averaging 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Corinne Groves adds 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 59-2, including a 26-1 advantage in games played in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers have also won the last eight meetings, including a 69-50 victory in Winston-Salem, N.C., last season (Jan. 6, 2008).
The last Wake Forest victory in the series came on Jan. 5, 2003, a 77-66 contest in Joel Coliseum.
UVa head coach Debbie Ryan, now in her 32nd season on the sidelines, has compiled a 688-290 career record, and is 12 wins away from registering her 700th career victory.
Following Sunday’s game, ACC play continues when Virginia heads to No. 2 North Carolina on Friday, Jan. 16, for an 8:30 p.m. televised game in Chapel Hill, N.C.