Virginia and Virginia Tech Square Off Sunday in Blacksburg
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team faces in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech on the road Sunday (Feb. 19). Tip-off from Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., is scheduled for 2 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James, Myron Ripley and Larry Johnson calling the action.
Virginia (18-9, 6-7 ACC) is alone in sixth place in the conference standings with three regular-season contests left on its schedule. The Cavaliers are coming off a 73-56 loss to No. 8 Maryland on Thursday (Feb. 16) night.
Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) leads the team by averaging 13.3 points per game and adds 5.2 rebounds per game from her guard position. Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) adds 12.0 points per game for UVa.
Senior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) enters the Virginia Tech game with 994 points, needing six to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Virginia Tech (7-19, 3-10 ACC) lost 67-45 to Duke on Wednesday (Feb. 15) in Durham, N.C. Monet Tellier leads the team by averaging 14.0 points per game, followed by Aerial Wilson with 11.8 points per game.
The Hokies and Cavaliers met earlier this season (Jan. 12) at John Paul Jones Arena and UVa came away with a 52-39 victory. Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) was Virginia’s high-scorer in that match-up with 13 points. Franklin (12 points) and Moorer (11 points) were also in double figures for Virginia.
UVa leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 38-10, including a string of 11-consecutive victories.
Following Sunday’s game, Virginia returns home to host Wake Forest on Friday (Feb. 24) at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.