National Girls and Women In Sports Day Set For Sunday at JPJA
CHARLOTTESVILLE The 15th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team hosts Virginia Tech Sunday at 2 p.m., as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at UVa. The game is being streamed live on the internet by ACC Select, live audio is available through V Pass and live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. Sunday’s event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletic Department and the University of Virginia Women’s Center.
As part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the lifelong achievements of Barbara Kelly, a member of the Virginia athletics department staff for 38 years and one of the driving forces behind the creation and development of a nationally competitive women’s intercollegiate athletics program at UVa, will be recognized. Kelly’s plans to retire in 2009 were recently announced.
Virginia (18-5, 4-3 ACC) is coming off of an 81-67 loss to No. 5 Duke on Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Despite 29 points from Lyndra Littles, 21 point from Monica Wright and a spirited crowd of 4,133, the Cavaliers could not pull off the upset.
Wright and Littles are the highest-scoring duo in the ACC, as Wright leads the league by averaging 21.8 points per game and Littles follows her at 21.5 points per game. Senior center Aisha Mohammed, meanwhile, contributes 12.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for the Cavs.
Virginia Tech (11-12, 1-7 ACC) is coming off of a 93-77 loss at North Carolina on Thursday night. The Hokies are led by Utahya Drye (14.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Lindsay Biggs (13.3 ppg).
Virginia leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 31-10, including the last three wins in the series.
Following Sunday’s match-up, Virginia heads to College Park, Md., for a rematch with Maryland on Thursday, Feb. 12. Tip-off from Comcast Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Looking ahead, Sunday, Feb. 22 vs. Boston College at 5 p.m. is Fan Appreciation Night at John Paul Jones Arena. Throughout the game, fans will be selected to receive various Nike prizes courtesy of the women’s basketball team. This night provides the opportunity to thank all of the fans that support the women’s basketball program throughout the year.