Virginia Plays at Loyola Sunday in WNIT Second Round
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team continues play in the 2011 Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Sunday (March 20) at Loyola’s Reitz Arena. Tip-off vs. the Greyounds is scheduled for 4 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The game will air live locally on WINA 1070 AM with Jay James (play-by-play), and Anna Prillaman (analyst) calling the contest. That audio broadcast is available on the Internet with a subscription to Virginia Sports Online Radio.
There will be a subscription-based webcast of the game.
Virginia (17-15, 5-9 ACC) earned an at-large berth to the 64-team postseason tournament and dispatched Morgan State, 69-56, in the first round. Ariana Moorer (9.4 points per game), Ataira Franklin (9.2 points per game) and Chelsea Shine (9.1 points per game) are the Cavaliers’ leading scorers.
Whitny Edwards led UVa with 11 points and seven rebounds vs. the Lady Bears, while Moorer chipped in 10 points and four boards.
Virginia is making its fourth WNIT appearance (1980, 2006, 2007, 2011) and holds a 6-4 record in 10 games.
UVa advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals in 2007 and 2006 and the semifinals in 1980.
Virginia is 3-0 all-time vs. Loyola. The teams have not met since 2000 – a 67-46 victory for UVa on the road.
Loyola has a 21-12 overall record and earned the MAAC’s automatic berth to the WNIT with a 15-3 conference record. Loyola won on the road at Old Dominion, 67-65, in the WNIT first round.
Miriam McKenzie leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game.
Katie Sheahin adds 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Greyounds, who are making their first-ever WNIT appearance.
The winner of Sunday’s contest would face Boston College at a date and venue to be determined.