No. 14 UVa Travels To Virginia Tech Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia women’s basketball travels to in-state rival Virginia Tech Wednesday night. Tip-off from Cassell Coliseum is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be streamed live over the internet by ACC Select.
Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on the Virginia Sports Network (WINA 1070 AM in Charlottesville) with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action. Live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (14-3, 1-1 ACC) is coming off of a 103-74 loss at No. 2 North Carolina Friday night, its first ACC setback of the season. Prior to that match-up, the Cavaliers had been riding a nine-game win streak.
The Cavaliers are led by national player of the year candidate Monica Wright, who leads the ACC and ranks seventh in the nation by averaging 22.0 points per game, in addition to 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. Wright was the team’s high scorer at North Carolina, netting 24 points for her 13th 20+ point performance of the year.
Lyndra Littles has returned to the line-up as well, and over eight games has averaged 19.3 points (including a career-high 33 points vs. Louisiana Tech on Dec. 29 en route to Cavalier Classic MVP honors).
Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan is in her 32nd year on the sidelines. The Class of 2008 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee has posted a 689-291 career record with the Cavaliers. She is 11 wins away from the 700-career win milestone heading into the Virginia Tech contest.
Center Aisha Mohammed, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 10 that sidelined her for four games, returned on Jan. 2 against Georgia and played 15 minutes. She has started the last three games for the Cavs.
Virginia Tech enters the contest with an 8-9 (0-4 ACC) record after most recently falling at Maryland, 96-79, on Jan. 18. Utahya Drye leads the team by averaging 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, followed by Lindsay Biggs with 13.5 points per game.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 31-10, including three-straight victories over the Hokies. UVa won twice in regular season last year, 62-53 (Feb. 17 at Cassell Coliseum), and 70-57 (Jan. 13 at John Paul Jones Arena).
Following Wednesday’s game, ACC play continues when Virginia hosts Florida State on Friday, Jan. 23, in a televised contest.