No. 22 Virginia Travels To Boston College For Thursday Night Contest
CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 22 Virginia travels to Boston College on Thursday, Jan. 21, for a 7 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball contest. The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 in the Charlottesville area with Jay James (play-by-play) and former Cavalier guard Anna Prillaman (color analyst) calling the action. Live statistics and live audio (V Pass) are available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (12-5, 1-2 ACC) is coming off a 70-56 win at Virginia Tech on Monday, Jan. 18. ACC Preseason Player of the Year and Associated Press Preseason All-American Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Cavaliers with 27 points and moved into the ACC’s all-time top 10 scoring list. UVa’s all-time scoring leader, Wright broke Dawn Staley’s record of 2,135 points and now has 2,167 points for her career to lead UVa and rank No. 10 in the history of the ACC.
In 17 games this season, Wright has 10 20+ point games and three 30+ point games. She leads the team by averaging 21.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Her scoring average ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 12 in the nation. With 4.0 steals per game, Wright leads the conference in that category and is third in the nation.
As a team, Virginia averages 12.8 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the nation.
Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) is averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while fellow sophomore Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) is averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Boston College (11-7, 2-1 ACC) is coming off a 77-51 win over nationally ranked Georgia Tech on Jan. 17. The Eagles are led by Carolyn Swords, who averages 14.8 points per game and leads the ACC in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game. She leads the nation in field goal percentage (.669).
BC leads the league in field goal percentage (.458), free throw percentage (.758) and rebounding defense (opponents average 31.4 rebounds per game).
Head coach Sylvia Crawley is in her second year at Boston College (31-19) and her fourth year overall as a head coach (72-44).
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 6-1, and has won four-straight against the Eagles. The only BC win vs. UVa was during the 2005-06 regular-season: a 57-43 win at Conte Forum on Jan. 26.
Looking ahead, Sunday is National Girls and Women in Sports Day at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia hosts Georgia Tech at 1 p.m., and former Virginia rower and Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Shoop will be honored at halftime.
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.
With the United States women’s eight at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, Poland, Shoop and the U.S. crew won their fourth-consecutive gold medal. A gold medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Shoop has rowed with the U.S. women’s eight and won a gold medal at four-straight international championships (2006 Worlds, 2007 Worlds, 2008 Olympics and 2009 Worlds). She was a two-time All-America selection at Virginia in 2003 and 2004.