CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team opens the 2020-21 season on Wednesday (Nov. 25) with a road contest at UCF. The game will tip at 6 p.m. at Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Fla.


  • The game will be streamed on ESPN+ (subscription required)
  • All of the 2020-21 Virginia women’s basketball games – regular-season and post-season – are available locally on the radio on NewsRadio 1070 AM and 98.9 FM WINA
  • Live stats will also be available for the game


  • Virginia kicks off its 24-game schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at UCF
  • UCF is the first of four non-conference games the Cavaliers will play this season
  • For the 2020-21 season, ACC women’s basketball will play a 20-game schedule, a two-game increase from last year, which begins for UVA with a home game against Clemson on Dec. 10
  • Virginia will have an almost entirely new look this season with the return of just two starters from last year’s lineup: sophomore Carole Miller (Alexandria, Va.), who started 26 of 30 games and redshirt sophomore guard Amandine Toi (Paris, France) who started 28
  • Miller averaged 6.0 points per game with 3.6 rebounds per game in her rookie season with five double-digit scoring performances, including a 19-point game against Clemson
  • Toi is a fourth-year student at the University, on track to receive her B.A. in French in May, but athletically is a redshirt sophomore after being sidelined in 2017-18 with a knee injury and 2018-19 after suffering an injury to her other knee
  • In her delayed rookie campaign last season, Toi averaged 4.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, hitting 26 three-pointers while shooting 32.1 percent from long range
  • The team also has an influx of new faces, led by freshman guard Kaydan Lawson (Cleveland, Ohio), the younger sister of junior forward Dani Lawson (Cleveland, Ohio). Kaydan averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game her senior season of high school
  • Freshman guard Aaliyah Pitts (Suitland, Md.) was the 2018-19 Virginia 6A State Player of the Year at Woodbridge High before playing her senior season at Bishop McNamara in Maryland. Pitts was ranked No. 29 at her position by ESPNW in the site’s recruiting rankings
  • Freshman guard Zaria Johnson (Houston, Texas) averaged 13.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game during her senior season, and was ranked No. 37 at her position by ESPNW in the site’s recruiting rankings
  • Freshman forward Deja Bristol (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was a member of the 2019 GEICO National Champion New Hope team and helped lead the squad to a runner-up finish at the NACA National Championships her senior season when she averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game


  • UCF was picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference, as voted on by league coaches in the preseason poll
  • UCF finished the 2019-20 league slate with an 11-5 record, finishing second in the conference standings for a second-straight year behind UConn. The Huskies, who returned to the Big East beginning in 2020-21, won their seventh-straight conference title last season
  • Junior forward Brittney Smith emerged as a force for the Knights in 2019-20, and the league coaches recognized her potential, naming her a preseason first team all-conference selection in 2020-21
  • The Knights return four players who started in over half of UCF’s games in 2019-20 and five with starting experience
  • This is the second ever meeting between the two teams. They faced off in 2006 in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, with UVA getting the 76-47 victory


  • Virginia plays its home opener on Sunday, Nov. 29, hosting East Carolina at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena