Virginia Embarks On Three-Game Trip to the Paradise Jam
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team has embarked on a three-game trip to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Cavaliers will face three ranked teams, beginning with No. 19/17 Iowa State on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25) at 3:15 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area, with Jay James calling the action. That broadcast is available on the Internet through VirginiaSports.com with a subscription to V Pass.
Additionally, all games of the Paradise Jam are available via a live webcast at http://b2tv.com/partner_members.asp?id=362 with Fox Sports analyst Brenda VanLengen calling the action. There is a one-time $4.99 fee to watch all 12 games of the Paradise Jam online.
Virginia (3-1) is coming off a 74-63 comeback victory over Longwood on Sunday (Nov. 21). The Cavaliers rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to earn the win.
Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) has scored in double digits in all three of her games in 2010-11 and has been the Cavs’ leading scorer in UVa’s last two contests. She netted a career-high 24 points at No. 4 Tennessee and followed that up with a 19-point, eight-rebound performance against Longwood.
Through four games, junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) is averaging 10.3 points per game, while Moorer has averaged 18.3 points per game in her three appearances this season.
Iowa State is 3-0 this season. The Cyclones are paced by Kelsey Bolte’s 18.0 points per game.
Although Virginia and Iowa State have never faced each other in women’s basketball action, UVa played its first-round 2010 NCAA Tournament game on ISU’s home court in Ames, Iowa, last season. Wisconsin-Green Bay was the victor in that game, 69-67.
Virginia is playing at the Paradise Jam for the second time in school history. In 2005, Virginia finished second to champion and 12th-ranked Minnesota in the St. Thomas division.
Virginia is about to face four-consecutive ranked teams: #19 Iowa State, #10 West Virginia, #21 TCU and #7 Ohio State.
The last time Virginia faced four-consecutive ranked opponents was during the 1992 NCAA Tournament: #16 George Washington (W, 97-58), #14 West Virginia (W, 103-83), #13 Vanderbilt (W, 70-58) and #3 Stanford in the ’92 Final Four (L, 65-66).
Following Thursday’s game, Virginia faces No. 10 WVU on Friday at 1 p.m. (eastern time).