Virginia Hosts Clemson Sunday at 2 p.m. in Play 4Kay Game
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team will host Clemson on Sunday (Feb. 12) as part of the nationwide Play 4Kay initiative, aimed at raising breast cancer awareness. Named for the former NC State head coach Kay Yow, Play 4Kay was formerly known as the WBCA ‘Pink Zone.’ Fans are encouraged to wear pink the game and UVa will be wearing pink uniforms and shoes to raise breast cancer awareness.
The game will begin at 2 p.m., and will be streamed live by Cavaliers Live, UVa’s live audio and video streaming offering. Live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com, and the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area.
The Cavalier Team Shop will sell pink t-shirts and fans will receive a free pink foam finger with the purchase of select women’s basketball apparel. The Kids Zone is open prior to the game and there will be a postgame autograph session with the student-athletes.
Virginia (17-8, 5-6 ACC) is coming off a road win at NC State, 55-47, on Sunday (Feb. 5), and has five regular-season games left on the slate. Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) continues to lead the Cavaliers in scoring at 13.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) averages 12.5 points per game.
NC State represented the Cavaliers’ 18th opponent that they have held to less than 60 points this season. UVa opponents in 2011-12 are averaging 53.6 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC as a scoring defense.
Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) ranks second in the league in steals per game (3.3) and as a team the Cavaliers average 13.4 steals per game.
Clemson (6-16, 2-9 ACC) has lost two-straight games – at Miami (68-47) and against Maryland (91-61). The Tigers and Cavaliers met in Clemson, S.C., earlier this season – a 54-47 UVa victory on Jan. 8. In that game, senior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) scored 13 points and junior center Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Clemson, 37-29, including a 19-10 mark in Charlottesville. UVa has won eight of the last nine meetings against the Tigers.
Clemson’s leading scorer is Nikki Dixon, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Week. She averages 12.9 points per game. Quinyotta Pettaway adds 9.2 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.
Following Sunday’s game, Virginia hosts ACC rival Maryland on Thursday (Feb. 16) at 7 p.m.