Virginia Hosts Rutgers on Sunday Evening
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) at Virginia Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 6 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena|
|Media||| Listen Live|
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Game Notes (.pdf) | 2016-17 Season Stats | 2016-17 Fact Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||@UVAWBBHoops Twitter | Facebook | VirginiaWBB Instagram|
Nov. 18, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (3-0, 0-0 ACC) hosts Rutgers (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
All of the 2016-17 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on NewsRadio 1070 AM and 98.9 FM WINA with Channing Poole calling the action. Gametracker live stats will also be available.
The Cavaliers have opened the season with three victories, including a 63-56 victory at Richmond on Wednesday night. Junior Lauren Moses (Mount Holly, N.J.) scored a career-high 27 points, eclipsing her previous high of 18 scored against Rutgers last year at the Paradise Jam. In addition to making nine field goals and nine free throws, Moses also matched a career high with four assists at Richmond. Moses is third on the team with 10 assists (3.3 per game).
A different freshman has led UVA in rebounding in each of the first three games. Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) opened the season with a nine-rebound performance against Middle Tennessee. Felicia Aiyeotan (Lagos, Nigeria) followed with 12 boards against Coppin State and Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) had nine at Richmond.
Willoughby is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. Heading into the weekend, Willoughby has the highest scoring average among ACC freshmen. Willoughby is also tied for third among the conference first years in rebounding average at 6.7 per game.
Aiyeotan continues to lead the ACC in blocked shots, averaging 4.3 per game. She had three blocked shots in seven minutes against Richmond. Aiyeotan is averaging one blocked shot for every three minutes of playing time.
Junior guard J’Kyra Brown (Rocky Mount, N.C.) has nine assists this season with only one turnover. Paris Kea is the only player in the ACC with a better ratio with eight assists to zero turnovers in North Carolina’s first two games.
Rutgers dropped the first three games of the season with a 66-53 setback to defending SoCon champions, Chattanooga, in the season opener last Friday, a 66-54 loss at Elon on Monday and a 55-43 game at Wake Forest on Thursday. Eight Scarlet Knights return from last year’s squad, however returning leading scorer and Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, Tyler Scaife, will sit out the 2016-17 season after having a routine medical procedure over the summer. Redshirt sophomore Ashli Jeune will also miss the 2016-17 season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee during a preseason scrimmage.
The Cavaliers are 6-4 all-time against the Scarlet Knights. The two teams faced one another twice last season in tournaments, with Rutgers winning 60-48 in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands and the Cavaliers picking up a 71-55 victory in Piscataway in the second round of the WNIT.
Rutgers is currently in its worst-ever skid to start a season. The Scarlet Knights have started four seasons with an 0-2 mark but had never lost three-straight to start a year until this season. Virginia is looking for its fifth 4-0 start in the last six seasons.
This will be the Cavaliers’ last game at John Paul Jones until Friday, December 16 when they host UIC. Virginia will spend Thanksgiving week in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on St. John’s and Nebraska at the South Point Shootout. On Dec. 1, UVA will play at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before heading to Bowling Green on Dec. 4 as the last game before breaking for finals.
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).