Virginia Welcomes Alaska Anchorage For Saturday Night Exhibition
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts a preseason exhibition contest Saturday (Nov. 5) at 7 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers will face Division II foe Alaska Anchorage and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Single-game tickets for the exhibition contest are $5 for a seat in the reserved section. Season tickets include all 17 regular-season home games at John Paul Jones Arena, including Saturday’s exhibition game.
Fans can purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com, in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium or by telephone by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Virginia returns four of its top five scorers from a 19-16 campaign and Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) quarterfinal appearance last season. Senior Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) returns for her fourth year after leading the Cavaliers in scoring (9.7 points per game) and assists (3.1 per game) in 2010-11. She was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Sixth Player of the Year after leading UVa in scoring despite starting just eight games.
Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) completes the senior class for Virginia and has appeared in 100 games during her Cavalier career (67 starts). She averaged 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the ‘Hoos in 2010-11.
Sophomore Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.), the Cavaliers’ first ACC All-Freshmen Team selection since Monica Wright in 2007, led the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage. She connected on 43-of-90 treys (48 percent) while averaging 9.4 points per game.
Head coach Joanne Boyle is in her first season on the sidelines for Virginia, after compiling a 204-93 record over six seasons at California (2005-11) and three seasons at Richmond (2002-05).
Alaska Anchorage finished the 2010-11 season with a 27-7 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves are ranked No. 12 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 poll.
Alaska Anchorage head coach Tim Moser enters the 2011-12 season as the winningest active coach in NCAA Division II, having led the Seawolves to a 135-27 record (.833) over the past five seasons.
Following Saturday’s exhibition, Virginia hosts Appalachian State on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena to open the 2011-12 season.
Parking Changes For 2011-12 Virginia Women’s Basketball Game Days
Reserved season parking passes are required for all levels of the John Paul Jones Arena Garage and the John Paul Jones Arena West Lot. Fans should note this is a change from previous seasons. The John Paul Jones Arena West Lot that was previously free public parking will now be reserved for permit holders only. Fans attending the game without a reserved parking permit should park in the University Hall and McCue parking lots. Lots open 1.5 hours pre-game and must be vacated 1 hour post-game.
Parking permits for the John Paul Jones Arena West Lot were distributed to season ticket holders for the 2011-12 season.
A limited amount of reserved parking permits for the John Paul Jones Arena Garage are available for purchase for $50 through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. Entrance to levels 1 & 2 of the JPJA Garage is from Copeley Road only.