Virginia Travels To No. 14 North Carolina and Clemson For Weekend Games
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team travels to 14th-ranked North Carolina for a Friday night match-up. Tip-off at Carmichael Auditorium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area).
Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James and Larry Johnson calling the action. That broadcast is available on the Internet with a subscription to V Pass at VirginiaSports.com. Live statistics are available at VirginiaSports.com.
It will be a quick turnaround for Virginia, as the Cavaliers play Clemson Sunday (Jan. 30) at 2 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Virginia (12-9 overall, 1-4 ACC) got its first ACC win of the season with a convincing 72-37 victory over in-state rival Virginia Tech on Jan. 23. The ‘Hoos are led by junior forward Chelsea Shine, who has been UVa’s leading scorer in three-consecutive games. She averages a team-best 11.2 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
Junior guard Ariana Moorer earned her first start since Paradise Jam games in November against Virginia Tech and ranks second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg).
Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) is leading UVa in scoring during its five conference games. The rookie is averaging 11.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in those contests.
North Carolina (17-3 overall, 3-2 ACC) is coming off a 88-65 loss at Maryland on Sunday (Jan. 23). UNC is ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and No. 14 by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Tar Heels were picked to finish second in the ACC preseason poll and received six first-place votes.
Italee Lucas leads the team by averaging 18.0 points per game. Jessica Breland is second on the team with 12.5 points per game and leads the squad with 7.5 rebounds per game. Breland missed the Tar Heels’ last outing due to an injury.
North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell is in her 25th season in Chapel Hill and has compiled a 576-217 record. Her all-time coaching tally is 848-297.
UNC leads the all-time series with UVa, 43-32, including an 18-12 mark at home in Chapel Hill.
Last season, the ‘Hoos snapped a streak of 13-consecutive Tar Heel victories with an 82-78 double-overtime victory at John Paul Jones Arena on Feb. 15, 2010.
In that contest, then-freshman Telia McCall hauled down 20 rebounds, which was one off the single-game school record of 21.
The last time Virginia won a road game at North Carolina was Jan. 11, 2001 (78-76).