No. 17 Virginia Travels To No. 12 Georgia For Pre-Holiday Tilt
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 17th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team travels to No. 12 Georgia on Sunday. Tip-off is 2:30 p.m., inside Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) and live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com. Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves with Jay James and Larry Johnson calling the action on 1450 AM in the Charlottesville area.
Virginia (7-2) is coming off a 74-43 victory over Furman on Dec. 8. Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Cavaliers with 30 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and seven assists. For her effort vs. the Paladins, Wright was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 14.
Wright needs 10 points to become the third player in UVa history to score 2,000 for her career. Virginia’s all-time leading scorer, Dawn Staley (2,135 points) and No. 2 Heather Burge (2,058) are the others. Wright ranks third in school history and 19th in the history of the ACC with 1,990 entering the match-up with Georgia.
Wright leads the team and ranks second in the ACC by averaging 20.4 points per game, followed by sophomore Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) with 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Georgia is 9-0 on the season after most recently defeating Tennessee State, 71-50, on Dec. 8. The Cavaliers are the second ACC opponent of this season for Georgia, as the Lady Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech, 56-50, on Dec. 6.
Jasmine James leads the team by averaging 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, followed by Ashley Houts with 13.0 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Georgia head coach Andy Landers is in his 31st season and has compiled a 816-260 career record. He is a 2007 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
The Cavaliers have a 2-1 all-time record vs. Georgia. The teams met last season on Jan. 2, 2009 and UVa came away with a 62-60 win at John Paul Jones Arena. The last time Virginia played in Athens, Ga., was during the 1996-97 season – a 77-56 loss on Dec. 4.
Following Sunday’s contest, Virginia will take a break for the holidays and come back to host the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28 and 29 at JPJA. First up for the Cavaliers in the event is a 7 p.m., tilt against Samford on Dec. 28. The tournament begins with a 4:30 p.m. game between Liberty and Cornell on Dec. 28. The Marriott Cavalier Classic will conclude on Dec. 29 with a 4:30 p.m. match-up of the previous day’s losing teams, followed by the championship game at 7 p.m.