Virginia-Maryland Rematch Set For Thursday at JPJA
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts No. 8 Maryland on Thursday (Feb. 16) at 7 p.m. The game 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.
Virginia (18-8, 6-6 ACC) is coming off a home win against Clemson, 68-36, on Sunday (Feb. 12). Senior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) scored a game-high 20 points. With four regular-season games left on the slate, senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) continues to lead the Cavaliers in scoring with 13.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) averages 12.1 points per game.
Clemson represented the Cavaliers’ 19th opponent that they have held to less than 60 points this season. The Cavaliers are three games away from breaking the school record of holding 22 opponents to less than 60 points per game in a season.
UVa opponents in 2011-2012 are averaging 52.9 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC as a scoring defense. Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) averages 3.3 steals per game, placing her second in the ranks of the ACC.
Gerson’s contribution has led to a Cavalier average of 13.9 steals per game, placing the team second in the ACC in that category. Nationally, UVa is ranked fifth in steals per game.
Maryland (21-4, 8-4 ACC) is coming off a home loss against Miami (76-74) and will now travel to Charlottesville to play the Cavaliers. The Terrapins and Cavaliers met in College Park, Md., earlier this season – a 68-61 Terrapin victory on Jan. 16. In that game, Gerson scored a team-high 15 points and junior forward Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.) gathered seven rebounds.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Maryland, 43-33, with a 2-3 record in the last five meetings.
Maryland’s leading scorer is Alyssa Thomas averaging 17.0 points per game while Laurin Mincy contributes an average of 13.6 points per game.
Following Thursday’s game, Virginia travels to Blacksburg, Va., to play Virginia Tech on Sunday (Feb. 19) for an ACC matchup.