UVa Hosts Richmond Monday at John Paul Jones Arena
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Fresh off its eighth-consecutive Marriott Cavalier Classic championship, the Virginia women’s basketball team seeks its third-straight win when it hosts in-state foe Richmond Monday night. Tip-off at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
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 (9-5) won its holiday tournament by defeating North Carolina A&T, 88-59, and East Tennessee State, 83-66. Marriott Cavalier Classic Most Valuable Player Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) led the Cavaliers with 22 points and seven rebounds in the championship game. Shine was joined on the all-tournament team by freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.).
Shine continues to lead UVa in scoring (12.0 points per game) and rebounding (6.5 rebounds per game). She has reached double figures in scoring in six-consecutive games and has posted two 20+ point efforts this season.
Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) is averaging 10.2 points per game for Virginia, while Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) and Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) remain the two Cavaliers who have started all 14 games.
Virginia is out-rebounding opponents, 577-473 (+7.4 margin).
John Paul Jones Arena continues to provide homecourt advantage for the Cavaliers, as UVa is undefeated with a 7-0 record in the arena this season.
Richmond (9-4) is on a five-game winning streak and most recently defeated Radford on the road, 73-50 (Dec. 30). Brittani Shells averages 20.8 points per game to lead the Spiders, followed by Abby Oliver (12.9 ppg) and Crystal Goring (8.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg).
Virginia holds an 11-3 advantage in the all-time series with Richmond. The teams have split the last two meetings, with Virginia winning on Nov. 18, 2007 (80-59 at JPJA) and Richmond winning on Jan. 3, 2007 (73-70 at Richmond).
Following Monday night’s contest, Virginia begins Atlantic Coast Conference play with a Thursday night game against Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.