Thanksgiving in the Virgin Islands
Nov. 25, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
|Paradise Jam Tournament
Thursday: Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) vs. Green Bay Phoenix (2-2), 1 p.m. ET
Friday: Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0), 3:15 p.m. ET
Saturday: Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) vs. Tulane Green Wave (3-1), 1 p.m. ET
|Location||St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands | University of the Virgin Islands|
|Media||Live Streaming Video | Live Stats | Listen Live|
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Game Notes (.pdf) | 2015-16 Season Stats | 2015-16 Fact Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||@UVAWBBHoops Twitter | Facebook | VirginiaWBB Instagram|
Nov. 25, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (4-0, 0-0 ACC) heads to the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete at the Paradise Jam Tournament, playing three games in three days from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Saturday, Nov. 28 in the Island Division bracket.
The Cavaliers open the tournament by taking on Green Bay (2-0) on Thanksgiving Day, followed by Rutgers (2-2) on Friday and finishing with Tulane (3-1) on Saturday.
All of the 2015-16 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on NewsRadio 1070 WINA and streaming online at wina.com and VirginiaSports.com with John Freeman calling the action this week. There will also be a live video feed and live stats available through the tournament’s website.
Virginia is 4-0 for the fourth time in head coach Joanne Boyle’s five seasons at the helm. UVA began the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15 campaigns with four-straight wins. A win on Thursday would give the Cavaliers their first 5-0 start during Boyle’s tenure.
Virginia is coming off an 81-46 victory over Longwood on Sunday afternoon in which the Cavaliers grabbed 51 rebounds, the first 50+ rebound game for UVA since grabbing 51 in the 2014 season-opener against Ohio State. Virginia has had a very balanced approach to rebounding this season with six players grabbing five or more rebounds against Longwood. In all four games this season, every Cavalier who played at least five minutes has had at least one rebound.
The Cavalier guards have been crashing the boards this season with senior guard Faith Randolph (Derwood, Md.) tied for the team lead, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. Against Longwood, Randolph tied her career high with eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Aliyah Huland El (Randolph, N.J.) set a new career high with seven. The guards have a combined 79 rebounds this season while the posts have 68. Last season, the posts grabbed 66.5 percent of UVA players’ rebounds while the guards had 33.5 percent.
In addition to her seven rebounds, Huland El also contributed a team-best 20 points against the Lancers, her second-straight 20-point game. After scoring 50 points last week, Huland El now leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game.
This is Virginia’s third trip to the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Cavaliers are looking to win the team title for the first time after going 1-1 in 2005 and 1-2 in 2010.
Virginia is 0-1 against Green Bay, falling 69-67 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Ames, Iowa.
UVA leads the all-time series against Rutgers, 5-3, but the two have not played since Dec. 6, 2002 when Virginia won 68-64 in Charlottesville. Rutgers and Virginia played one another in a 1988 Sweet-16 game in Norfolk, Va. with Virginia winning 89-75.
The Cavaliers are 0-2 against Tulane. The two teams last met in 2013 in the opening game of the Florida Gulf Coast tournament (Dec. 20), which Virginia lost, 79-72 in overtime. The Cavaliers trailed by 20 points in the first half, coming back to tie the game with 17:07 left in regulation. After trailing by eight with 6:14 remaining, the Cavaliers again came back, holding a one-point lead, 65-64, with 19 seconds remaining. Tulane hit a free throw with 6.1 seconds remaining to tie the game. Tulane scored the first six points of the overtime period, outscoring the Cavaliers 14-7 in the extra five minutes.
Virginia’s next home game will be Wednesday, Dec. 2 when it hosts Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will also be Holiday Sweater Night when prizes will be randomly awarded to fans dressed in holiday sweaters.
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).