Cavaliers Host Terrapins Friday at 8:30 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team will look for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season when it meets No. 14 Maryland Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area) with Mike Hogewood (play-by-play) and Christy Winters-Scott (analyst) calling the action.
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. That broadcast is available on the Internet with a subscription to V Pass on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (11-8 overall, 0-3 ACC) improved to 9-1 at home this season with a 54-45 victory over Penn in its last outing (Jan. 16).
Junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) had her third 20+ point outing of the season against the Quakers, netting 20 points in addition to her six rebounds. Shine is averaging 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game through 18 starts in 2010-11.
Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) is UVa’s second-leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points per game in 17 appearances. Coming off the bench, she also has the second-most assists of any ‘Hoo (43).
Senior guard Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) leads UVa in assists (59) and is one of two Cavaliers to start all 19 games this season (Simone Egwu is the other).
Maryland (14-3 overall, 1-2 ACC) is coming off an 80-59 victory at Clemson on Jan. 16. The Terrapins are ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Maryland was picked to finish fourth in the preseason conference poll.
Freshman Alyssa Thomas leads three Terps in double figures for scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Lynetta Kizer averages 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, followed by Diandra Tchatchouang with 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Maryland leads the league in rebounding margin (+14.1) and is out-rebounding opponents 793-553 this season. The Terps also rank first in the league in offensive rebounding (19.5 per game) and offensive rebound percentage (.485 / 331 offensive rebounds to their opponents’ 352 defensive rebounds).
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese is in her ninth season in College Park and has compiled a 211-76 record. Her overall coaching tally is 268-106.
Virginia holds a 42-31 all-time record vs. Maryland, and won the last meeting between the teams. That contest, Feb. 8, 2010, in College Park, Md., was an 82-68 UVa victory.
Following the home contest vs. Maryland on Friday, Virginia hosts in-state rival Virginia Tech on Sunday (Jan. 23) at 2 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena as part of National Girls and Women In Sports Day at UVa. Former Virginia All-ACC track performer and current varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School Natalie Randolph will be honored as part of the celebration.