No. 18 Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech Sunday on Senior Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 18th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball hosts in-state and ACC rival Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day at John Paul Jones Arena, and Monica Wright will be honored prior to the tip-off. Live audio (V Pass) and live statistics will be available for the contest at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (20-8, 8-5 ACC) is coming off of an 83-65 loss at No. 6 Duke Friday night. Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) led three Cavaliers in double digits, scoring 27 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 13 points for UVa, while Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) added 10 points and two blocks.
Wright leads the team and the ACC by averaging 22.9 points per game. In ACC games only, she is averaging a league-best 25.6 points per game. Her illustrious career includes an Associated Press Preseason All-American nod and three All-ACC honors, including ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006-07.
She became Virginia’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 11 vs. Maryland, breaking Dawn Staley’s previous school record. Heading into Sunday’s game vs. Virginia Tech, she is third on the ACC’s all-time scoring list with 2,447 points.
Virginia Tech (15-13, 4-9 ACC) is coming off of a 70-69 victory over Clemson on Thursday night. The Hokies are led by Lindsay Biggs (11.7 points per game) and Utahya Drye (11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game).
Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger is in her sixth season in Blacksburg and has amassed a 99-83 record. Her career coaching tally over 10 seasons is 164-133.
Earlier this season, Virginia defeated Virginia Tech, 70-56, on Jan. 18 in Blacksburg. Wright scored 27 points and Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 11.
Following Sunday’s game, seedings and pairings for the 2010 ACC Tournament will be announced. The conference tournament begins March 4 in Greensboro, N.C. The Cavaliers are currently tied for third place in the standings.