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Feb. 2, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia freshman guard Mikayla Venson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon by the conference office and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Venson averaged 17.0 points and shot 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from 3-point range this week, while helping to lead the Cavaliers to a pair of victories over NC State and Clemson. Venson was 6-of-6 from 3-point range in the victory over NC State, setting the Virginia school record for 3-point efficiency in a game. With Virginia trailing by five points with five minutes left in the game, Venson scored eight-straight points, including hitting a pair of three-pointers, in a span of 2:18 to give Virginia a 63-60 lead. The Arlington, Va., native finished the game with 22 points, and also had a critical block down the stretch to help the Cavaliers get the win over the Wolfpack.

Venson is the first Cavalier to earn the ACC Freshman of the Week honor since Ataira Franklin earned the accolade on Feb. 14, 2011.

The Cavaliers begin a stretch of three-straight games against ranked opponents by playing at No. 4 Notre Dame on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Virginia returns home to host No. 17 Duke on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and No. 9 Florida State on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

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