Virginia Hosts No. 6 Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 23
|No. 6 Maryland Terrapins (16-1, 4-0 ACC) at Virginia Cavaliers (9-9, 2-3 ACC)|
Date and Time Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Location Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena
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Jan. 22, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (9-9, 2-3 ACC) faces its fourth-straight top-25 opponent as the Cavaliers host No. 6 Maryland (16-1, 4-0 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
The game will be televised live on the ACC Regional Sports Network affiliates as well as streaming live on ESPN3 with Mike Hogewood and UVa alumna Chelsea Shine calling the action.
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.
This is the 81st meeting between the two teams with the Cavaliers owning a 43-37 record against Maryland and a 38-29 mark in regular-season ACC games. Maryland has won each of the last five meetings including last year in College Park (79-55) and in Charlottesville (73-44). Virginia’s last victory over Maryland was a 60-57 game on Feb. 13, 2011 in College Park, while the Cavaliers’ last win in Charlottesville over the Terps was an 89-81 game on Jan. 20, 2009, with UVa dropping the last five meetings at JPJ Arena.
Virginia has upset a higher-ranked Maryland team five times including a No. 2 Virginia squad taking down No. 1 Maryland 75-74 on Feb. 11, 1992.
Maryland’s only loss this season was a 72-55 game against UConn back on Nov. 15. The Terps have won 14 games in a row and are 4-0 in the ACC. Senior Alyssa Thomas has 15 double-doubles this season, tying her with three other players for first in the nation. Thomas is averaging 17.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers are coming off their first win over a ranked team this season, upsetting No. 17 Florida State, 85-68, last Sunday (Jan. 19).
Sophomore guard Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points. Randolph, who currently leads the team in scoring, has been coming off the bench most of this season with only four starts. The last time Randolph was in the starting lineup was Dec. 28 against Coppin State when she scored a season-low two points. Despite not being in the starting lineup, Randolph has averaged 27.3 minutes on the court in the last three games.
Randolph’s performance against the Seminoles was her fourth 20-point game of the season. The guard is averaging 18.6 points per game in ACC games, ranking ninth in the conference, and shooting 52.9 percent against ACC opponents, ranking her in the top-12 in the conference. Randolph has scored in double digits in each of the last six games. Last season, Randolph had four total games in which she scored in double digits. Randolph has logged a pair of steals in each of the last five games and is second on the team with 30 steals this year.
Redshirt senior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) had a well-rounded performance against FSU with nine points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. In ACC games, she leads the conference with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Virginia forced 27 turnovers against the Seminoles while only committing 10. The 27 turnovers was the second-highest total for a UVa opponent this season, topped only by the 35 committed by Maryland Eastern Shore. In its four ACC games this year, Virginia has an average turnover margin of +7.2, the best mark in the conference. Overall this season, Virginia has a +4.89 turnover margin, ranking second in the ACC and 25th in the nation.
The Cavaliers scored 26 points off FSU turnovers. In the five ACC games, the Cavaliers are scoring 19.2 points per game off opponent miscues.
After scoring a season-high 42 points in the paint against Notre Dame, the Cavaliers were outscored 54-16 in front of the hoop against Duke. In the victory over FSU, Virginia scored 34 points in the paint to the Seminoles’ 28.
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.
Virginia next travels to Syracuse, taking on the Orange on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. That game will also be televised live on the ACC Regional Sports Networks and streamed live online on ESPN3. Virginia returns home on Sunday, Feb. 2 to host Clemson at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.