No. 14 UVa Hosts James Madison Sunday at 4 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 14th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team hosts in-state rival James Madison Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 in the Charlottesville area with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action.
Virginia (6-1) is coming off of a 56-49 victory over Purdue on Thursday night, a game that was part of the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cavaliers have won three-straight games and are ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll.
ACC Preseason Player of the Year and AP All-American Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) leads the team by averaging 17.6 points per game, followed by Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) with 10.7 ppg and 6.6 rebounds per game. Starters Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) and Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) each are averaging 8.9 points per game, while newcomers China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) and Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) are coming off of strong performances against the Boilermakers with nine and 10 points, respectively.
James Madison is unbeaten with a 5-0 overall record and is coming off of a 60-50 win over Liberty on Dec. 1. The Dukes are led by Dawn Evans, who averages 24.2 points per game, and Tarik Hislop, who averages 13.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
UVa and JMU have not met since the 2004 season. In that game in Charlottesville, Virginia came away with a 98-52 victory.
The Cavaliers lead the all-time series, 13-4, including an 8-1 mark at home. The last JMU victory in the series came on March 15, 1986 (71-62), which was an NCAA Tournament game at University Hall.
Sunday is the second of three-consecutive home contests for the Cavaliers. UVa hosts Furman on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in John Paul Jones Arena.