Third-Seeded UVa Meets NC State in Friday's ACC Tourney Quarterfinals
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The 19th-ranked and third-seeded Virginia women’s basketball team heads to Greensboro, N.C., for the 2010 ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers earned a first-round bye and will face sixth-seeded NC State on Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m.
The game will be streamed live on the Internet by ACC Select. Links to the free webcast as well as live statistics can be found at VirginiaSports.com and theACC.com. Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action.
Virginia (21-8, 9-5 ACC) is coming off of a win in its regular season finale vs. Virginia Tech, 55-46, on Sunday (Feb. 28). Senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.), playing her final home game at John Paul Jones Arena, scored 27 points and had her jersey retired after the game.
Wright leads the team and the ACC by averaging 23.0 points per game. In ACC games only, she is averaging a league-best 25.7 points per game. Her illustrious career includes an Associated Press Preseason All-American nod and four All-ACC honors, including being selected a first team All-ACC member on Monday (March 1) and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday (March 3).
She became Virginia’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 11 vs. Maryland, breaking Dawn Staley’s previous school record. Heading into Friday’s game, she is third on the ACC’s all-time scoring list with 2,474 points.
Virginia is 33-29 all-time at the conference tournament and has won three tournament titles (1990, 1992, 1993). UVa has not advanced to the title game since 1994. Last season, sixth-seeded UVa was defeated by third-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals.
NC State (17-12, 7-7 ACC) is coming off of win in its regular season finale, 54-46, over Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack earned the No. 6 seed and defeated Clemson, 59-54, in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.
Bonae Holston leads NC State by averaging 11.8 points per game, followed by Nikitta Gartrell at 10.8 and ACC Rookie of the Year Marissa Kastanek at 10.7.
Earlier this season, Virginia defeated NC State, 73-60, on Jan. 27 at John Paul Jones Arena. Monica Wright led four UVa scorers in double digits with 26 points.
UVa leads the all-time series with NC State, 35-30. In the ACC Tournament, Virginia and NC State have met four times, most recently a 66-56 UVa win in the 2003 quarterfinals. The series record in the conference tournament is 2-2.
Should UVa advance to Saturday’s semifinal, its contest would begin at 3:30 p.m. and would be televised by Fox Sports Net.