Virginia Faces Providence On The Road Monday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia faces Big East opponent Providence on Monday night at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James calling the action. That broadcast can also be heard through Virginia Sports Online Radio and live statistics can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
UVa is 1-0 on the young season after defeating Appalachian State, 80-48, in its season-opener on Friday (Nov. 11). Senior Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) led the way for the ‘Hoos, scoring 15 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Four Cavaliers scored in double figures and all 10 available players scored. Virginia racked up 33 bench points and held a 42-16 advantage in points in the paint. Sophomore forward Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) scored 13 points in 12 minutes of action. Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) provided a spark in the first half off the bench and drained a team-high three 3-pointers.
Virginia has faced Providence once during the history of the two programs – a 77-71 UVa victory on March 22, 1990. The contest was an NCAA East Regional Semifinal played in Norfolk, Va. After defeating PC, Virginia went on to beat Tennessee in overtime, 79-75, to advance to its first of three-consecutive NCAA Final Fours. Virginia fell to Stanford in the 1990 national semifinal, 75-66.
Providence’s Director of Basketball Operations, Safiya Grant, is a 2004 graduate of Virginia. During her time at Virginia, Grant played 93 games for the Cavaliers and appeared in the starting line up 43 times. She totaled 282 points, 93 rebounds, 88 assists and 40 steals in her career.
The Friars are coming off a 65-62 loss at Boston University (Nov. 11) in their season-opener. Teya Wright scored 21 points and pulled down 11 boards. In 2010-11, Providence finished with a 13-16 overall record, and returns 11 letterwinners and three starters from that squad, including last year’s second-leading scorer in Symone Roberts (9.3 ppg). The Friars were picked to finish 14th in the 16-team Big East Conference.