Virginia Hosts No. 17 Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 19
|No. 17 Florida State (14-3, 2-2 ACC) at Virginia Cavaliers (8-9, 1-3 ACC)|
Date and Time Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 2 p.m. Location Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena
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Jan. 19, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (8-9, 1-3 ACC) faces its third-straight top-25 opponent as the Cavaliers host No. 17 Florida State (14-3, 2-2 ACC) on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
All Virginia women’s basketball games this season will be carried on the radio on WINA- 1070 AM with Channing Poole, Larry Johnson and Myron Ripley calling the action.
Virginia, coming off back-to-back losses against No. 2 Notre Dame (79-72) and No. 3 Duke (90-55), has only played four-straight ranked teams during the regular season one other time, going 1-3 in a stretch against No. 17 Iowa State, No. 10 West Virginia, No. 21 TCU and No. 6 Ohio State during the 2010-11 season. The Cavaliers defeated TCU, 59-55. The Cavaliers will finish the current stretch of four-straight games against ranked teams on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:3:0 p.m. when they host No. 6 Maryland (15-1, 3-0 ACC).
Florida State started the season with a 14-1 record, but has dropped back-to-back games against ranked opponents, falling to No. 13 North Carolina (65-61) and No. 20 NC State (80-57).
The last meeting between the Cavaliers and the Seminoles was the 2012-13 season finale with UVa upsetting No. 24 Florida State, 72-60. Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) scored a then-career-high 19 points. Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) just missed a double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot. Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) scored 13 points with eight rebounds, including five offensive. After taking a lead late in the game, UVa sealed the victory by drawing five fouls in the final two minutes of the game and making 10 free throws.
Florida State has the second-stingiest defense in the ACC, allowing opponents to score just 58.1 points per game and shoot 34.6 percent. FSU senior center Natasha Howard is second in the ACC in shooting percentage, making 62.4 percent of her field goal attempts while averaging 17.6 points per game. The Seminoles have two players ranked in the top-10 in the conference in rebounding. In addition to Howard, who is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game, Ivey Slaughter leads the team and is fifth in the ACC at 9.0 boards per game.
Virginia leads the all-time series 32-13 and has won each of the last three meetings. Virginia’s last loss in the series was a 78-74 game on Feb. 7, 2011 in Charlottesville.
In the last five games, Randolph has made 33 of 63 field goal attempts (52.3 percent). Randolph shot 70 percent from the field against Pitt and 85.7 percent from the stripe. Randolph has also had at least one steal in 12 of the last 13 games. She has moved into a tie with Franklin for the team’s scoring lead, averaging 12.2 points per game.
Imovbioh is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game against ACC opponents, ranking second in the conference. Imovbioh has logged double-digit rebounds in each of the last three games. Imovbioh is is ninth in the ACC in rebounds per game at 8.5 and second in offensive rebounds with 3.9 per game.
Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) scored nine points in the first seven minutes of the second half at Duke. Gerson finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, going 6-of-11. Gerson also ranks fifth in the ACC and 52nd in the nation at 2.4 steals per game. The Virginia team is 48th in the nation and fifth in the ACC in steals per game (10.1).
Two-time Virginia women’s volleyball MVP Amy (Mitchell) Griffin will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavalier women’s basketball team hosts Clemson on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Lifelong Leadership in Women’s Athletics.”
Griffin, a 1998 UVa graduate, was a team captain and two-time MVP of the Cavalier volleyball team whose leadership and commitment to Virginia Athletics has extended well past her playing days. Over the last decade, Griffin has been one of the University’s most generous student-athlete alumni, with major gifts to the volleyball program and also for the renovation of the track and field facility.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day will also feature a pregame sports festival held in the men’s basketball practice court at John Paul Jones Arena. The festival will include seven sports stations for youth to visit, including basketball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. The festival will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Youth completing all seven stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.
There will also be activities for youth set-up in the main lobby of the arena starting at 12:30 p.m., including a sign-making station, face painting, a balloon artist, and inflatable games.
Fans may purchase game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Single-game ticket prices for all games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVa faculty/staff General Admission. Family Packages are available for $11 each and include a Reserved ticket and a concessions voucher valued at $8. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased to receive package pricing.