CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team opens its 2023-24 season by hosting Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday (Nov. 8). Tipoff from John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra (ACCNX).
- Tuesday’s season opener will stream on ACCNX on espn.com/watch and the ESPN app.
- The game will also be broadcast on WINA (98.9FM/1070AM), VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports mobile app.
- Live statistics will be provided through Statbroadcast, which can be accessed on VirginiaSports.com and the UVA Sports mobile app.
- Virginia begins its 51st season of women’s basketball, sporting a 960-533 (.643) all-time record.
- UVA meets Maryland Eastern Shore for just the third time in series history, which the Cavaliers lead 2-0.
- Virginia won last year’s season opener, 85-59, against George Washington.
- Under head coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton, Virginia is 11-0 against non-conference opponents.
- This season, Virginia returns eight players from last year’s squad, including Second Team All-ACC selection Camryn Taylor and 2024 Katrina McClain Watch List (nation’s top power forward) selection Sam Brunelle.
- Other returners include guards Kaydan Lawson, Alexia Smith, Cady Pauley and Yonta Vaughn, and forwards Mir McLean and London Clarkson.
- First years Kymora Johnson, Olivia McGhee and Edessa Noyan make up the nation’s No. 13 recruiting class.
- In addition to Brunelle, both Johnson and McGhee are natives of the Charlottesville-area, while Noyan hails from Sweden.
- Johnson was also a two-time Gatorade Virginia Girls Basketball Player of the Year while attending St. Anne’s-Belfield.
- In addition to its freshman class, UVA signed three players from the transfer portal this offseason in guards Paris Clark (Arizona) and Jillian Brown (Northwestern), and 6-7 center Taylor Lauterbach (K-State).
- Clark was ranked the nation’s No. 33 transfer this offseason according to ESPN.com.
Everybody Wants Some
- After finishing fourth in the ACC in attendance (3,489) in 2022-23, UVA set a program record for season tickets sold this offseason after adding over 1,000 new season ticket holders this year.
- Last season, Virginia also hosted 6,378 fans for National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Senior Day, which marked the highest attendance for a UVA women’s basketball non-field trip day game since 2011.
2023-24 Season Opponents
- This season, UVA faces 10 different opponents that reached the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
- Both Oklahoma and reigning-national champion LSU are the two non-conference opponents that earned tournament berths.
- Eight ACC teams made the NCAA Tournament last season in Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
- All four of UVA’s ACC travel pod partners (Duke, NCSU, UNC & VT), which the Cavaliers will have to face twice during the regular season, made the big dance last year.
On The Horizon
- Virginia hosts Campbell on Sunday (Nov. 12) for Hero’s Appreciation Day.
- Tipoff from John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra (ACCNX).
- Fans can also tune in live on WINA (98.9FM/1070AM).