Virginia's WNIT Quarterfinal Game Set For Sunday at James Madison
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team will play on the road at James Madison for its quarterfinal Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) contest on Sunday (March 25) at 2 p.m. The game will air locally on WINA 1070 AM and that audio broadcast, along with live statistics, can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia (25-10) is playing in the WNIT quarterfinals for the fifth time in school history (1980, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012). The Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals in 1980.
The Cavaliers have won seven of their last eight games and have opened postseason play with three-consecutive victories. Most recently, UVa dispatched Appalachian State, 74-58, in the third round of the WNIT.
Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) and Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) both average in double figures for UVa in scoring, with Moorer leading the way at 14.3 points per game. Franklin contributes 12.6 points per game and Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) adds 9.3 points per game.
In the frontcourt, Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) and Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) are two of the team’s leading rebounders at 5.7 and 4.3 rebounds per game, respectively. Shine adds 7.7 points per game for Virginia.
Shine (135 games) and Moorer (132 games) are currently in the program’s top 10 for all-time games played. The record holder is Heather Burge (135 games from 1990-93). Provided Shine plays in the Cavaliers’ quarterfinal game, she will be the new school record holder for games played (136).
James Madison (27-7, 14-4 CAA) defeated South Florida on Friday night, 72-45, to advance to the round of eight.
Virginia and James Madison met on Dec. 20, 2011, in Charlottesville, with UVa prevailing by a score of 59-53.
In all-time games played in Harrisonburg, Virginia holds a 5-3 record. The Cavaliers dropped the last contest at the Convocation Center, 82-80, on Dec. 20, 2010.
Sunday’s winner will face Syracuse in the semifinals at a date, time and venue to be determined.