Virginia Hosts No. 15 Duke on Sunday
|No. 15 Duke (19-4, 7-3 ACC) at Virginia Cavaliers (15-7, 4-5 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, February 5, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena|
|Media||TV: ACC Regional Sports Networks (Where to Watch)
ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout) | | 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|
February 4, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (15-7, 4-5 ACC) takes on No. 15 Duke (19-4, 7-3 ACC) on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
The game will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks with Tom Werme and Chelsea Shine Wilson calling the game. All of the 2016-17 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on the radio on NewsRadio 1070 AM and 98.9 FM WINA with Channing Poole providing the play-by-play.
The Cavaliers lead the ACC and are eighth in the nation in scoring defense at 53.9 points per game. The Cavaliers also lead the ACC and are ranked fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense (25.5 percent). Virginia is second in the ACC and 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense with opponents shooting 34.7 percent against the Cavaliers. This game will be a battle of the top two defenses in the ACC with Duke ranking second in scoring defense, allowing 54.3 points per game. The Blue Devils lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense with opponents shooting 33.4 percent against them. Duke is second in three-point defense at 25.8 percent.
Virginia is coming off a 65-64 overtime victory on Thursday against Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers are 4-2 in their last six games. Freshman guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) led the Cavaliers with 16 points, including scoring UVA’s final eight points of the first quarter.
Junior guard J’Kyra Brown (Rocky Mount, N.C.) had the first double-double of her career, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. Brown has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games, averaging 11.3 points per game in that span. Brown has come off the bench to lead the team in rebounding in two of the last four games. In four of the last five games, a non-starter has led or been tied for the team lead in rebounding with freshman forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) at Clemson and freshman center Felicia Aiyeotan (Lagos, Nigeria) against Virginia Tech.
Senior guard Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 15 points against Georgia Tech, her third-straight game scoring in double figures. Mason is 37 points shy of becoming the 32nd member of UVA’s 1,000-career point club.
Duke has won the last 24-consecutive meetings between the two teams and is 29-1 in the last 30 meetings. Last season, the Cavaliers fell 67-52 at Duke but battled in the ACC Tournament with the Blue Devils coming away with a 57-53 victory. Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle was a four-year-letterwinner at Duke, graduating in 1985 with a degree in economics. Boyle was also an assistant coach at Duke from 1993 to 2002.
Sunday’s game will feature special events celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. For the last 22 years, the Virginia Department of Athletics and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center have collaborated in a celebration of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an event that brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. This year’s theme is Achieving Your Dreams with two-time Olympic medalist and current Virginia swimmer Leah Smith being honored in a halftime ceremony and will also sign autographs after the game. Leah is a fourth-year who became the first Cavalier female swimmer to win two Olympic medals. Smith capped off an amazing 2016 by becoming a two-time individual world champion. During her career, Leah has won four NCAA titles with a chance to add to that total next month in Indianapolis at her final NCAA Championships.
Additionally, there will be a pregame sports festival from 11:30 am ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” 12:45 p.m. on the third floor concourse with eight stations that include basketball, volleyball, rowing, golf, lacrosse, softball, field hockey and football. Youth completing all eight stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be face painters, balloon artists and a photo booth. The West/Main entrance will open at 11:30, a half-hour earlier than normal, to accommodate the sports festival. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.
The Cavaliers will be back on the road next week, playing at No. 16 Miami on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Virginia returns to John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, Feb. 12 to host Wake Forest.
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