Virginia To Play Three Games At Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu
CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 22 Virginia, off to its best start since the 1997-98 season and ranked for the first time since 2010, travels to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown for games against No. 24 Texas (Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET), Hawaii (Saturday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. ET) and California (Sunday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m. ET). The games will air on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with John Freeman calling the action. Audio of those broadcasts, along with live statistics, can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
At 4-0, Virginia is off to its best start since the 1997-98 season, when the Cavaliers won six-consecutive contests to open the season. Virginia was listed at No. 22 in the Associated Press top 25 (Nov. 21) after upsetting No. 3 Tennessee at home in overtime, 69-64, in its last outing on Nov. 20. It is the Cavaliers’ first appearance in the AP top 25 since March of 2010.
Virginia’s first opponent, Texas, is coached by former Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors. Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle spent nine seasons as an assistant coach on Goestenkors’ staff at Duke. The two have never faced each other as head coaches.
Virginia will also face Boyle’s former team, California. Boyle was the head coach from 2005-11 and posted a 137-64 record in Berkeley.
Virginia’s last appearance at a tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii was in 2007 – UVa defeated Texas and Minnesota before falling to Hartford. Virginia also participated in 2003, 1999, 1994 and 1989.
In all-time games at the tournament, Virginia holds a 9-6 record in 15 games. Notably, this will be Virginia and Texas’ fourth meeting at Rainbow Wahine Tournament with Virginia winning in 2007 (86-83) and Texas claiming victories in 2003 (74-54) and 1999 (78-73).
Following Virginia’s return from Hawaii, the Cavaliers face Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday (Dec. 1) at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.