CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (0-1) plays its first home game of the 2020-21 season when it hosts East Carolina (0-1) on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • The game will stream online through ACCNX. ACCNX streams are available through participating TV providers that carry ACC Network and can be watched on the ESPN app and through WatchESPN
  • 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

NOTING THE CAVALIERS

  • Virginia opened the 2020-21 season on Wednesday with a 60-34 loss at UCF
  • Sophomore forward Meg Jefferson (Sydney, Australia) led the team with a career-high eight points. It was the first start of her career after coming off the bench in 2019-20 in 15 games, playing an average of 5.7 minutes per game
  • Four freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the game. All four came off the bench, with forward Deja Bristol (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and guard Kaydan Lawson (Cleveland, Ohio) each playing more than 22 minutes
  • Bristol had nine-rebounds (including five offensive rebounds), the top rebounding tally for the game for either team
  • Lawson had a well-rounded line with seven points, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot
  • Guards Zaria Johnson (Houston, Texas) and Aaliyah Pitts (Suitland, Md.) also made their debuts
  • Grad student Tihana Stojsavljevic (Zagreb, Croatia) made her first career start against ECU, scoring UVA’s first four points of the game. Stojsavljevic played one year at Maine and one at Texas Tech before joining UVA in December of last year as a grad transfer. She never appeared in the starting lineup for the Black Bears or the Red Raiders
  • Virginia went 0-of-9 from three-point range against the Knights. The Cavaliers had one game last year in which they did not make a three-pointer, going 0-of-11 from long range in the Feb. 2 win against Syracuse
  • The Cavaliers turned the ball over 30 times at UCF, the most turnovers in a game since having 32 at Kentucky on Nov. 18, 2018

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA

  • The Pirates’ head coach Kim McNeill was a member of Joanne Boyle’s staff at Virginia for five seasons (2011-16), being elevated to associate head coach in 2013
  • Pirates’ associate head coach Cory McNeill also was an assistant coach at UVA in that same time span
  • The two spent three seasons at Hartford before going to ECU in March of 2019
  • ECU video coordinator Andrew Yates held the same position on Tina Thompson’s staff for the 2018-19 season
  • Last season, ECU posted a 9-21 overall record and 6-10 American Athletic Conference mark a year ago while ranking second in the nation in steals, steals per game and turnovers forced as well as third in turnover margin
  • 2019-20 leading scorer Lashonda Monk (14.9 points per game) is back after winning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and All-AAC Second-Team laurels while unanimous American Conference Freshman Team selection Taniyah Thompson looks to build on a rookie campaign that saw her average 13.7 points per game.
  • The Pirates return all five starters, in addition to 11 total players, from last year’s roster
  • They were edged 89-81 in their season-opener on Wednesday at Towson
  • The all-time series is tied, 2-2. Virginia won the last meeting 80-67 in 2008. The previous three meetings took place from 1981-82

JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA

At this time, the current capacity guidelines for sports venues provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia under Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan (announced Nov. 13), allow only for the lesser of 30 percent occupancy of the facility or 250 patrons. Due to health and safety considerations in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues, attendance at home basketball games will be limited to family of student-athletes and the coaching staff until further notice

ON THE HORIZON

  • Virginia remains at home to host James Madison (1-0) on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena
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