Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech Sunday in the Commonwealth Clash
|Virginia Tech Hokies (10-17, 1-13 ACC) at Virginia Cavaliers (15-11, 5-8 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena|
|Media||| Listen Live | Live Streaming Video($)
Live Streaming Video: Post Game Press Conference($)
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Game Notes(.pdf) | 2014-15 Season Stats | ExperienceUVaWomensBasketball | 2014-15 Record Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||@UVaWBBHoops Twitter | Facebook | VirginiaWBB Instagram|
Feb. 21, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (15-11, 5-8 ACC) hosts Virginia Tech (10-17, 1-13 ACC) on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
The game will also be broadcast on the radio on WINA-1070 AM with Jay James and Myron Ripley calling the action. Live streaming video will be available online and through the Virginia Sports app with a Cavalier Live subscription.
Sunday’s game is part of the 2014-15 Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, which is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line. Fans are also encouraged to support their team through a fan-based point. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. Going into this weekend’s events, the Cavaliers led the Hokies, 5.5-2.5. A half point is on the line in Sunday’s game while another full point will be decided this weekend at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.
Virginia has won the last 17 meetings between the two basketball teams. The Cavaliers are 44-10 all-time against Virginia Tech including a 19-2 record in ACC games. UVa won the first meeting this year in Blacksburg, 62-47, a game in which the Cavaliers hit eight three-pointers, including making five in the first half. Virginia opened the second half on a 16-2 run, putting the game out of reach. Sophomore guard Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) was one of three Cavaliers to finish the game scoring in double digits, putting up 16 points, including making a pair of three-pointers. Freshman guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va.) scored 13 points, going 5-of-11 from the field overall and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Virginia Tech’s Rachel Camp scored 23 points, including making one of VT’s three three-pointers.
Virginia Tech has dropped its last seven games, including Thursday night’s 69-49 loss to No. 8 Louisville. Tech is averaging an ACC-low 58.0 points per game. Vanessa Panousis leads the Hokies in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game. Camp paces the team in rebounding at 6.3 per game.
Virginia is trying to snap a four-game slide that included losses to No. 4 Notre Dame (75-54), No. 11 Duke (71-45), No. 7 Florida State (65-56) and Thursday night’s 68-63 overtime loss at Pitt. UVa has not lost five games in a row since the 2006-07 season.
After scoring four points with two rebounds against Florida State, senior center Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) scored 18 points with 18 rebounds against the Panthers. It was the ninth time this season she scored 15 or more points in a game, the sixth time she logged 15 or more rebounds and the fourth time that she had at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game.
Imovbioh’s tallies also pushed her closer to a pair of milestones. She comes into Sunday’s game with 976 points, 24 shy of becoming the 30th member of Virginia’s 1,000 point club. Imovbioh, with 741 career rebounds, is 23 away from entering the Virginia top-10 for career rebounds by tying Monica Wright (2006-10) at 764.
Imovbioh’s 18 rebounds also raised her average back up to 10.8 per game and put her back atop of the ACC. She had fallen to fourth in the conference going into the Pitt game.
After making eight of 19 three-point attempts against Florida State, the Cavaliers were 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from long range at Pitt, the third time in the last four losses that Virginia shot less than 20 percent from three. The Cavalier defense also limited Pitt to less than 20 percent long-range efficiency, with the Panthers making three of 20 shots (15.0 percent), the first time an opponent shot less than 20 percent since Georgia Tech went 2-of-15 (13.3 percent), a span of six games.
After Sunday, Virginia has two more games remaining before the ACC Tournament, playing at No. 17 North Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. before closing out the 2014-15 regular season on Sunday, March 1, hosting No. 8 Louisville at 1 p.m. The annual “Senior Day” ceremony, this year honoring Sarah Beth Barnette, will take place prior to the Louisville game.
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