Virginia Plays Friday and Sunday at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic
|Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) vs. Toledo Rockets (1-2)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, 8 p.m.|
|Location||Miami, Fla. | US Century Bank Arena|
|Media||Live Stats | Listen Live | Tournament Central Page|
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Game Notes(.pdf) | 2014-15 Season Stats | ExperienceUVaWomensBasketball | 2014-15 Record Book (.pdf)|
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Nov. 26, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The undefeated Virginia women’s basketball team (4-0) will compete at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic Tournament Friday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 30, in Miami, Fla. The Cavaliers open the tournament facing Toledo (1-2) on Friday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. Depending on wins and losses, Virginia will either play Arizona (0-2) at 11:30 a.m. or host-school Florida International (0-3) at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Because of multiple events airing on Friday night, the Nov. 28 game will not be broadcast on the radio on WINA-1070 AM, but a free live audio stream can be accessed from the VirginiaSports.com website. The Sunday, Nov. 30 game will be broadcast on WINA-1070 AM. John Freeman will be calling the action for both games.
Virginia will open the tournament by facing Toledo, playing in the second game on Friday after Florida International and Arizona square-off at 6 p.m. The winners of Friday’s games will play one another on Sunday in the tournament championship game. Friday’s losing teams will play one another on Sunday in the consolation final. On Sunday, Arizona will be playing in the 11:30 game and Florida International in the 2 p.m. game.
The Toledo Rockets have a balanced scoring attack with only one player, Inma Zanoguera, averaging in double figures, but have six players averaging 8.0 or more points per game. Sophie Reecher leads the squad with 9.3 rebounds per game. The Rockets are coming off a 66-48 loss at No. 24 Purdue last Sunday. Freshman Jay-Ann Brao-Harriott came off the bench to lead the team with a 13-point performance.
Virginia and Toledo have only played each other once with Virginia winning 95-64 in a 1993 contest at University Hall in Charlottesville.
Arizona is coming off a 61-34 victory over Santa Barbara in a game played Tuesday afternoon in Tucson. Candice Warthen scored 15 points with six rebounds. Labrittney Jones scored 10 points with seven rebounds.
Arizona has a couple of close, tough losses this season, falling 76-72 in the home opener to Bakersfield and 57-54 at Texas Tech. Candice Warthen leads the team, averaging 13.6 points per game.
Virginia is 3-1 all-time against Arizona with the Cavaliers logging a 70-65 victory in 2003 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawai’i. UVa head coach Joanne Boyle’s Cal teams were 11-1 against Arizona in her five seasons in the Pac-12.
Florida International is off to an 0-3 start including a 97-49 loss at Florida Gulf Coast. Taylor Shade leads the team with 15.0 points per game. Marita Davydova is averaging 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Virginia is 3-0 all-time against Florida International with the Cavaliers last earning a 78-65 victory over the Panthers in Charlottesville in 2001.
For the second week in a room, Virginia received votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Virginia is coming off a 66-51 victory over Auburn on Sunday. This is the third time in Boyle’s four seasons at Virginia that the Cavaliers have started a season 4-0. The Cavaliers are looking to start the season 5-0 for the first time since UVa had a 6-0 start to the 1997 campaign.
The Cavaliers were 7-of-10 from three-point range against Auburn, the first time Virginia had a 70 percent or better three-point efficiency since making 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) against UCSB in an NCAA Tournament game in 2008. Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) is 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from three-point range this season, ranking second in the ACC and 31st in the nation. Randolph was a combined 5-of-6 from three in the two games last week. Virginia as a team ranks third in the ACC with a 38.6 percent three-point shooting percentage.
Randolph scored 44 points last week, following up her 26-point performance at Radford by scoring 18 points against Auburn. Randolph is one of three players in the ACC averaging 20 points per game this season.
Senior forward Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) scored a season-high 21 points with 13 rebounds against Auburn. Imovbioh is leading the ACC in rebounding this season, averaging 14.8 rebounds per game, which also ranks fifth in the nation. Imovbioh is second in the nation with 7.0 offensive rebounds per game. Her 24-rebound performance against Ohio State was the second-highest single-game total by a player this season. Imovbioh is also one of 21 players to already have three double-doubles this season. Imovbioh finished the Radford game with 14 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes in the game, leaving her one rebound shy of joining Cyesha Goree of Michigan with four double-doubles in the first four games of the year.
Imovbioh also ranks in the top-10 in the ACC in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game.
Breyana Mason had a season-high six assists against Xavier and has a team-leading 21 this season. Mason is second in the ACC with 5.3 assists per game and among the top-five in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio at +3.5, which ranks 36th nationally.
Next week, Virginia will travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers return home to host Delaware State on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the final game before the team breaks for final exams.
Single-game ticket prices for all home 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. Fans may purchase home 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).