Virginia Continues Road Trip With Sunday Contest at NC State
RALEIGH, N.C. – Virginia will play its second-consecutive road contest in the state of North Carolina, as the Cavaliers travel to NC State for a Sunday (Feb. 5) match-up. Tip-off at Reynolds Coliseum is scheduled for 2 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, can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (16-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) is coming off of a 64-56 loss at No. 23 North Carolina Friday (Feb. 3) night. Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored a game-high 21 points vs. the Tar Heels and leads UVa in scoring at 13.0 points per game. Moorer has also dished out a team-high 70 assists (2.9 per game).
Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and has connected on a team-high 29 3-pointers this season.
The Cavaliers are holding opponents to 53.8 points per game, a scoring defense that ranks second in the ACC. UVa is 11-0 when out-rebounding opponents this season and has a 9.26 turnover margin.
NC State (14-9, 4-6 ACC) was defeated at Georgia Tech, 75-68, in overtime on Feb. 2. Marissa Kastanek leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game, followed by Bonae Holston with 12.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
NC State was predicted to finish seventh in the ACC preseason coaches poll. Head coach Kellie Harper has compiled a 48-40 at NC State and a 145-105 career coaching tally.
Virginia leads the all-time series with NC State, 36-31, including a thrilling quadruple-overtime 94-92 victory in Raleigh last season. Moorer hit the game-winning basket for UVa.
In all-time games on the road at NC State, UVa holds a 15-16 record.
Following Sunday’s contest, Virginia will have a week before its next game. The Cavaliers host Clemson on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. The contest is part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) “Pink Zone” initiative – a global, unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Virginia encourages all fans to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.