Virginia Travels To Georgia Tech Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Duluth, Ga., to face Georgia Tech on Wednesday (Jan. 25) in an Atlantic Coast Conference match-up. Tip-off from the Gwinnett Center is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area. That audio broadcast, along with live statistics, will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is 15-6 overall and 3-4 in ACC play. The Cavaliers are holding opponents to 53.0 points per game, ranking UVa tops in the league and 20th in the nation in scoring defense. UVa dispatched Boston College, 69-58, in its last outing and has won three of its last five games.
Senior Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.), the ‘Hoos’ active career leader in points scored (1,042 over her four-year career), is Virginia’s co-leading scorer at 12.5 points per game. Sophomore Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) also averages 12.5 points per game.
Junior Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) continues to shine on the defensive end, ranking second in the conference and 17th in the nation in steals per game (3.3). As a team, the Cavaliers rank seventh in the country and third in the conference in that category (13.4 per game). In terms of turnover margin, Virginia is the nation’s third-ranked team (9.24).
Georgia Tech (14-6, 4-3 ACC) is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press top 25 and is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Yellow Jackets are led by Tyaunna Marshall, who averages 16.4 points per game.
As a team, Georgia Tech is allowing opponents to score 59.8 points per game and ranks fifth in the conference in steals per game (12.2).
Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her ninth season at Georgia Tech and has compiled a 167-102 record.
The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish fifth in the conference.
In the all-time series with Georgia Tech, Virginia has a 52-11 record but dropped the last meeting on Jan. 13, 2011, in Atlanta by a score of 68-48. In all-time games on the road against Georgia Tech, Virginia is 18-10.
Following Wednesday’s contest, Virginia returns home to John Paul Jones Arena to face Florida State at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 29). Virginia field hockey players Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese will be honored, as the game is part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Virginia.