No. 18 Virginia Hosts No. 8 Maryland Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE The 18th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team hosts No. 8 Maryland Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Comcast Sports Net Plus in the Charlottesville area). Mike Hogewood (play-by-play) and Charlene Curtis (color commentary) will call the action.
Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson on the call. Live audio is available through V Pass and live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (16-4, 3-2 ACC) is coming off of a 75-67 victory at Clemson on Monday. Lyndra Littles led all scorers with 22 points, while Aisha Mohammed posted her seventh double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Monica Wright, the ACC’s leading scorer at 22.0 points per game, scored 19 against the Tigers and added six rebounds and five steals. Wright, a candidate for national and ACC player of the year, ranks No. 6 in the nation in scoring and No. 9 in nation in steals per game (3.3).
Virginia leads the all-time series with the Terrapins, 40-29, but Maryland has won the last six meetings. Last season, Maryland won both regular season match-ups (86-80, Feb. 8 in College Park and 74-62, Jan. 18 in Charlottesville.)
The last Cavalier victory in the series was on Feb. 20, 2005 a 63-61 win at University Hall.
Maryland (16-3, 4-1 ACC) is coming off of a 77-71 win over then-No. 3 North Carolina at Comcast Center. The Terrapins’ sole conference loss came at the hands of Duke on Jan. 12, 68-65, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Terrapins are led by Kristi Toliver (17.4 ppg) and Marissa Coleman (14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg). Head coach Brenda Frese is in her seventh season at Maryland.
UVa has a quick turnaround following Friday’s game, as the Cavaliers host Longwood on Sunday, Feb. 1, in a 2 p.m. contest at John Paul Jones Arena.