Virginia Plays at Virginia Tech on Sunday
|Virginia Cavaliers (17-9, 6-7 ACC) at Virginia Tech (16-10, 3-10 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.|
|Location||Blacksburg, Va. | Cassell Coliseum|
|Media||TV: ACC Regional Sports Networks (channel finder) | ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout) | Listen Live | Live Stats|
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Game Notes (.pdf) | 2016-17 Season Stats | 2016-17 Fact Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||@UVAWBBHoops Twitter | Facebook | VirginiaWBB Instagram|
Feb. 18, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (17-9, 6-7 ACC) plays at Virginia Tech (16-10, 3-10 ACC) on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
The game will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks with Mike Hogewood 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 Luke Neer providing the play-by-play.
The game is part of the Commonwealth Clash, presented by Virginia529, a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 22 individual event points on the line. The school that accumulates 11.5 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. There is a half of a point on the line in this game with the Virginia Tech currently leading 5.0-4.5. In its inaugural year (2014-15), the Commonwealth Clash came to a close with Virginia winning 15 to 7. The Cavaliers won last year (2015-16) 14 to 7. Visit TheCommonwealthClash.com for more information and updated standings.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 60-51 victory on Thursday over No. 4 Florida State, Virginia’s first win over a top-five opponent since its 69-64 win over No. 3 Tennessee on Nov. 20, 2011, and its second top-25 win of the year. Florida State came into the game as the top-ranked team in the conference in rebounding margin at +10.5. Virginia held a 42-32 edge in rebounding, its highest differential since going +16 against Virginia Tech in January. FSU had the top-ranked offense in the conference going into the game, averaging 82.5 points per game and a +24.7 scoring margin. UVA limited them to 51 points, the fewest points FSU has scored in a game since falling 73-49 to UConn during the 2015-16 season.
Freshman guard Dominique Toussaint (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored a team-high 14 points against FSU, with eight of those coming in the final 1:30 of the game. Against Wake, she scored a season-high 19 points, with 12 of those coming in the overtime period. In the Florida State game, Toussaint hit a three-pointer with 1:28 remaining to give UVA a 53-51 lead and followed with a jumper 37 seconds later to build up a 55-51 UVA advantage. In the last two games, Toussaint has scored 33 points, going 12-of-26 from the field overall and 4-of-5 from three, while also grabbing eight rebounds.
Junior guard J’Kyra Brown (Rocky Mount, N.C.) has come off the bench to score in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 14.0 points per game in that span. Brown went 8-of-10 from the free throw line against Florida State, career-highs in both makes and attempts from the stripe, including going 3-of-4 in the final 27 seconds.
Senior guard Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) comes into the game with 993 career points, 7 shy of becoming the 32nd member of Virginia’s 1,000 Career Point club. Mason scored six of her eight points in the Florida State game in the fourth quarter, fueling UVA’s 19-3 run to close out the game. Mason was 4-of-5 shooting in the game including going 3-of-3 in the final period.
Freshman Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) made her second-straight start against Florida State, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, including grabbing the offensive rebound that led to the game-tying layup. It was the third time this season she led the team in rebounding. After starting the season 15-0, including a 13-0 record in non-conference games, Virginia Tech has only won one of its last 11 games, including dropping the last nine contests.
Virginia leads the all-time series against the Hokies, 45-12, and is 20-4 in ACC contests. The Cavaliers had won 18-straight match-ups in the series prior to being swept by the Hokies last season. Earlier this season, Virginia downed a then-ranked No. 19 Virginia Tech, 76-27. The 27 points scored by Virginia Tech were the fewest by a Cavalier opponent since UVA held Norfolk State to 23 points on Dec. 28, 2012. I was the third time this season UVA held an opponent to under 40 points after limiting Clemson to 37 and UIC to 39. Virginia Tech scored two points in the third quarter. It was the third time this season that UVA limited an opponent to two points in a quarter and the second time in an ACC game after holding Clemson to two points and no field goals in the fourth quarter of that contest. The 49-point margin of victory against the Hokies matches the second-largest for the Cavaliers in an ACC game in program history, topped only by a 57-point victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 5, 1995.
The Cavaliers will be on the road next Thursday, playing at No. 14 Louisville before returning home for the final game of the regular season, hosting No. 15 NC State on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
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).