?Hoos-Terps Rematch Set For Sunday in College Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Fresh off its thrilling quadruple-overtime victory at NC State on Thursday evening, the Virginia women’s basketball team heads to College Park to take on its 10th ranked opponent of the season in No. 11 Maryland. Tip-off from the Comcast Center is scheduled for 2 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The game will air 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.
Virginia (14-12, 3-7 ACC) is coming off the longest game in school history, a 94-92 triumph at NC State on Feb. 10. Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) sank a buzzer-beating lay-up in the fourth overtime of the contest to lift UVa to the thrilling win.
Moorer ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 8.9 points per game and leads the team with 74 assists (3.1 per game).
Freshman guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) continued her offensive efficiency vs. the Wolfpack, netting 18 points. The rookie leads the team in its 10 ACC contests, averaging 12.9 points per game in them. She has also scored in double figures in four-consecutive games and has tallied two double-doubles on the season.
Sophomore point guard China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) continues to emerge as one of the top point guards in the league. She set a new career-high with 19 points vs. NC State and was one assist shy of her career-high with six helpers.
Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) has been a force off the bench for UVa. In one of her most solid outings of the season, Edwards scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and came up with three steals at NC State.
Maryland (20-4, 6-3 ACC) is coming off an 83-75 loss at Miami on Feb. 10. The Terrapins are ranked No. 11 in the coaches poll and No. 12 by the Associated Press. The frontcourt of freshman Alyssa Thomas (13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and junior Lynetta Kizer (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is leading Maryland offensively and on the boards.
The Terrapins were able to eke out a 77-75 overtime win over Virginia in the first regular-season meeting (Jan. 21 at John Paul Jones Arena). In that contest, junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) led four Cavalier double-digit scorers with 15 points, but Terrapin forward Diandra Tchatchouang made a lay-up with less than five seconds left in overtime to lift the Terrapins to victory.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Maryland, 42-31, and holds a 15-16 record in games played in College Park (2-6 in Comcast Center). In the last meeting on the Terrapins’ homecourt, Virginia was victorious 82-68 (Feb. 8, 2010).
Following Sunday’s contest, Virginia returns home for a 1 p.m. game vs. Boston College on Sunday, Feb. 20. It is the Cavaliers’ Pink Zone game in honor of breast cancer awareness and fans are encouraged to wear pink.