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23 Ataira Franklin
Ataira  Franklin


Bowie, Md.

High School:
Riverdale Baptist





Mikayla Venson Named the ACC Freshman of the Week

Guard earns the first weekly honor of her career


Virginia Has 305 Student-Athletes Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll

Conference has record 3,967 student-athletes recognized


Georgia Tech Holds off Virginia in Final Seconds

Cavaliers are eliminated from the ACC Tournament with a 77-76 loss to the Yellow Jackets


Virginia Takes on Georgia Tech in ACC Second Round Game

Winner will face Duke on Friday in the quarterfinals


Virginia Advances in the ACC Tournament with a 74-59 Victory over BC

Ataira Franklin scored a game-high 23 points


Women's Basketball vs. UNC (by Matt Riley)

Women's Basketball vs. UNC (by Matt Riley)


Women's Basketball vs Clemson (Kelsey Grant)

Images from the 80-43 victory over Clemson 2/2/14


Women's Basketball vs. Maryland -- 1/23/14

Virginia vs. No. 6 Maryland


Women's Basketball vs Florida State (By Dillon Harding)

Women's Basketball vs Florida State (By Dillon Harding)


Women's Basketball vs. Notre Dame (by Matt Riley)

Women's Basketball vs. Notre Dame (by Matt Riley)

Ataira Franklin Photo Gallery

Cavalier Career


  • Finished her career ranked No. 11 on the Virginia career point list with 1,619 points
  • Ranks third on the Virginia career three-pointer list with 193
  • Is ninth on the Virginia career steals list with 224
  • Preseason All-ACC; Also was Preseason All-ACC in 2012-13
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • Candidate for the Senior CLASS Award
  • Led the team in scoring, ranking 20th in the ACC with a 13.8 per game average
  • Averaged 14.1 ppg in ACC contests
  • Ranked 11th in the ACC with a 35.9 percent field goal percentage
  • Ranked 11th in the ACC in free throw percentage (78.0 percent)
  • Scored 20 or more points in six games this season
  • Scored in double digits in the final 14 games of her career
  • After averaging 4.0 ppg in the first two games of the season, averaged 15.6 ppg in the next five
  • Went 5-of-12 from three-point range in the FGCU Tournament, averaging 18.0 ppg with 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals
  • Scored 23 points with eight rebounds at WVU, going 6-of-8 from three-point range
  • Followed that with a 25 point performance against No. 3 Tennessee, also adding 6 assists
  • Posted first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebs in upset over FSU, pulling in her 500th career rebound in the game
  • Scored 20 points with five assists against Clemson
  • Scored 15 points, all in the second half, in an upset bid at No. 14 NC State
  • Had a 23-point performance in the ACC first round victory over BC. Added 15 points and seven rebounds in the second round loss to Georgia Tech
  • Led the team in blocked shots with 18


  • First Team All-ACC (Blue Ribbon Panel)
  • Second Team All-ACC (Head Coaches)
  • First Team VaSID All-State
  • Virginia Women's Basketball Coaches Award for Excellence
  • Ninth in the ACC in scoring (14.3 points per game) and sixth in ACC games (15.6)
  • Fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage (79.3 percent)and fourth in ACC games (81.8 percent)
  • Fifth in the ACC in steals (2.2 per game)
  • Second in the ACC in minutes (36.1 per game) and lead the ACC in conference games (38.3 minutes per ACC game)
  • Preseason All-ACC honoree (Blue Ribbon Panel and Head Coaches)
  • Became the 29th player in program history to score1,000 career points, reaching the milestone on a three-pointer with 6:56 remaining against Boston College (01/24/13)
  • Opened the season scoring in double digits in each of her first three games
  • Scored 20 points in the opener against James Madison
  • Had a career-high eight assists with 13 points at Minnesota
  • Missed the Coppin State game with an injury sustained in practice
  • Scored a season-high 23 points at Wake
  • Scored nine of the Cavaliers first 11 points at home against Georgia Tech
  • Tied a season high with nine rebounds (7 offensive) against Duke (with 15 points, 5 steals)
  • Scored 21 points in back-to-back games against Maryland and Clemson
  • Finished the season averaging 19.1 ppg in the last six games


  • Honorable Mention All-ACC
  • Earned the team's Practice Player of the Year Award
  • Started all 36 of UVa's contests and finished second in scoring with 12.4 points per game
  • Added 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game
  • Recorded a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds) at Duke on Jan. 2
  • Reached double-digits for scoring on 24 occasions, including a 29-point performance against North Carolina on Jan. 5
  • Led the team with 53 three-pointers made


  • Named to the ACC All-Freshman Team
  • Led the Atlantic Coast Conference for most of the season in 3-point field goal percentage (43-for-90, 48 percent)
  • The team's second-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game
  • Started the final 27 games of the season and made 35 overall appearances
  • Recorded 35 steals and 149 rebounds (4.3 per game)
  • In ACC-only games, led Virginia by averaging 12.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game
  • Had a run of nine-consecutive double-digit scoring games, all against ACC opponents
  • Totaled 18 (tied team-high) double-digit scoring games overall
  • Posted two double-doubles - 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. James Madison (Dec. 20) and 18 points and 10 rebounds at NC State (Feb. 10)
  • Scored 19 points at Clemson (Jan. 30) and against Wake Forest at the ACC Tournament

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner at Riverdale Baptist High School
  • A first team All-Metro selection by the Washington Post
  • Averaged 16 points per game and had five 20-point performances during her senior season for Riverdale Baptist
  • A member of the Capital Classic All-Star Game roster
  • A three-time all-county selection and first-ever two-time IAABO Tournament MVP
  • Earned NACA High School All-American honors in 2007
  • Played for Boo Williams Elite on the AAU level


  • Parents are Anthony and Lakita Franklin
  • Both parents played collegiate basketball at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Has a brother, Anthony
  • Franklin Career Stats



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