Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech on National Girls and Women in Sports Day Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech on Sunday as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Tip-off at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 2 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. That broadcast is available on the Internet with a subscription to V Pass at VirginiaSports.com.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. Sunday’s event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletic Department and the University of Virginia Women’s Center.
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.
Randolph – the second woman ever to be head coach of a varsity football team and the only active one in the country – excelled as a receiver and special-teams player for Washington’s semipro tackle football team before becoming an assistant high school coach at H.D. Woodson High School. She is now the head varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C., and teaches environmental science.
Randolph will be available for an autograph session following the game.
In addition to the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, it is “ACC Day” at JPJA. Fans will have a chance to have their photo taken with the ACC Women’s Basketball She Can Play! inflatable shoe outside the Cavalier Team Shop prior to the game.
During the photo opportunity, fans can also sign up for raffle prizes and pick up Silly Bandz with all the ACC team logos (while supplies last).
Additionally, 4000 rally towels, provided by Verizon, will be given away to fans attending the game.
Virginia (11-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) dropped a heartbreaker to 14th-ranked Maryland, 77-75, Friday night in overtime. The Terrapins hit the go-ahead basket with five seconds left in the game.
Junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) was the Cavaliers’ leading scorer vs. the Terps, netting 15 points. Freshman guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) connected on a career-high four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Shine averages 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game – both team-highs.
Virginia Tech (9-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) is coming off a 57-43 loss at Duke on Jan. 16.
Virginia Tech was picked to finish 11th in the preseason conference poll.
Shanel Harrison leads the Hokies in scoring (12.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.2 rebounds per game).
Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger is in her seventh year at Virginia Tech and has a 108-94 record with the Hokies. Her overall coaching tally is 173-144.
UVa leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 35-10, and has won eight-consecutive games against the Hokies.