Monica Wright Earns Seventh-Career ACC Player of the Week Award
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for the period ending Feb. 14. Wright, who averaged 29 points per game over a tough 2-0 week on the road for the Cavaliers, collected her league-leading seventh career weekly honor.
Preseason Player of the Year Wright shot 51.2 percent from the field and was near perfect from the free throw line (10-11) in posting a pair of wins for the Cavs. In Virginia’s 82-68 victory at Maryland, Wright opened the second half by scoring 12-consecutive points, finishing with 34 points for her fifth 30-plus scoring performance of the season. She also added four steals in the win. Against Miami, Wright was the Cavaliers’ high-scorer with 24 points, to go along with three steals and six rebounds. She added four 3-pointers on the week en route to collecting her fourth Player of the Week honor this season and 66th all-time among Virginia student-athletes.
With a total of 58 points on the week, Wright extended her school-record for career points to 2,351, and currently sits in fourth place in ACC history. She leads the league in points and steals with averages of 22.7 points and 3.8 steals per game. Wright also holds the top two single-game ACC steal tallies with 10 takeaways vs. Liberty (Dec. 29) and nine against Furman (Dec. 8).
Duke freshman center Allison Vernerey was named ACC Rookie of the Week.
The Cavaliers host North Carolina on ESPN2 Monday (Feb. 15). Tip-off from John Paul Jones Arena is 7 p.m.