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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (6-7, 0-0 ACC) opens up conference play by hosting Florida State (12-1, 0-0 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena.
 
Broadcast Information

  • The game will stream on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app
  • All of the 2018-19 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on the radio on NewsRadio 1070 AM and 98.9 FM WINA. Tonights game will also be broadcast on AM 910 WRNL in Richmond
  • Fans can also keep up with the action through live stats on VirginiaSports.com

Noting the Cavaliers

  • Florida State is ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll
  • Virginia is 24-16 all-time in ACC openers, including downing Pitt, 62-50, last season
  • Virginia closed out the non-conference slate with back-to-back wins over South Florida and Charlotte, a pair of teams with winning records (USF 9-3; Charlotte 8-3). South Florida was receiving votes in the AP poll at the time of the game
  • After averaging 57.7 points per game in the first 11 games of the season, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 69.5 in each of the last two games
  • Junior Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) comes into the game with 485 career rebounds, 15 shy of reaching the 500 benchmark. In the last 10 years, seven UVA players have topped 500 career rebounds including Lauren Moses, who finished her career with 748
  • Junior forward Lisa Jablonowski (Ernster, Luxembourg) had the Cavaliers’ second-best shooting performance of the season, going 5-of-7 in her field goal attempts against Charlotte. Only sophomore guard Khyasia Caldwell has had a more efficient game this season when she was 5-of-5 against Coppin St.
  • Jablonowski also had six rebounds against Charlotte, all of them offensive. It was her fourth time this season grabbing five or more offensive rebounds in a game
  • Senior forward Mone Jones was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line against Charlotte. Jones has made her last eight free throws. In the last seven games, she has only missed three attempts. She is currently tied for seventh in the conference with an 86.1 percent efficiency. Jones is 31-of-36 from the free throw line this years. Last season, she only went to the stripe four times, going 2-of-4. Her freshman year, she was 24-of-32 (75.0 percent)
  • Sophomore guard Jocelyn Willoughby (East Orange, N.J.) just missed her fifth-straight double-digit game when she contributed nine points against Charlotte. In the last five games, Willoughby is averaging 15.4 points per game and has moved into the team scoring lead. Willoughby is also the team’s leading rebounder since Felicia Aiyeotan has been sidelined

ACC Rankings

  • Virginia is tied for second in the ACC in blocked shots at 4.8 per game
  • Virginia is sixth in the conference in free throw shooting percentage (74.6 percent)
  • Moné Jones is tied for seventh in free throw shooting percentage at 86.1 percent (31-of-36)
  • Jocelyn Willoughby ranks third in three-point shooting percentage, making 49.1 percent of her attempts (26-of-53) and is 13th in three-pointers made, averaging 2.0 per game
  • Willoughby is tied for 11th in rebounding, averaging 7.8 per game
  • Dominique Toussaint is tied for 10th in assists, averaging 3.8 per game
  • Toussaint is fourth in minutes played, averaging 34.8 per game

Last Time Out

  • Virginia closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 65-61 victory over Charlotte on Sunday (Dec. 30)
  • Lisa Jablonowski scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Cavaliers, one of three players to finish in double figures
  • Sophomore guard Brianna Tinsley (Madison, Va.) and Dominique Toussaint also finished the game with double-digit points, with Tinsley scoring 12 and Toussaint 11. All of Toussaint’s points came in the second half
  • Virginia shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) while Charlotte shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60). Charlotte held a 38-37 edge in rebounding
  • Charlotte’s largest lead was five points after starting the game on a 5-0 run. Virginia’s largest lead was 14 (41-27, 5:29 3rd quarter)
  • Virginia had a season-high 12 steals. The Cavaliers matched their previous season high of eight in the first 14 minutes of the game
  • Tinsley led the team with four steals. Freshman guard Erica Martinsen (Clarence, N.Y.) had three
  • Jones and Jocelyn Willoughby led the team with seven rebounds apiece

Scouting Florida State

  • Florida State’s only loss this season is a 58-49 setback on Nov. 18. The Seminoles come into the game on an eight-game win streak
  • Kiah Gillespie leads the team in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg)
  • FSU is averaging 71.9 points per game while holding opponents to 55.1
  • The Seminoles drilled a school-record 15 3-point field goals en route to an 87-62 victory over Milwaukee in their final game before the holiday break
  • Virginia leads the all-time series 35-17
  • The Seminoles have won four of the last five meetings including a 77-62 victory in Tallahassee last season
  • Virginia won the last meeting in Charlottesville, 60-51, on Feb. 16, 2017, upsetting the then-ranked No. 4 Seminoles. It was the Cavaliers’ last victory over a top-25 team

On the Horizon

  • Virginia will head to Clemson to face the Tigers on Sunday, January 6 at 2 p.m.
  • The Cavaliers are back at John Paul Jones Arena next week with back-to-back home games, hosting Virginia Tech on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m., and NC State on Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m.
  • New this year for all regular-season home games, available reserved single-game tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance, online and via mobile devices, or for $10 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. General admission single-game tickets are $5 in advance, online and via mobile devices or $8 at the John Paul Jones ticket office on game day. Courtside seats are $15