Jan. 12, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team (10-5, 2-2 ACC) returns home after two straight road games, hosting NC State (8-8, 0-4 ACC) on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia holds a 37-31 lead in the all-time series against NC State. The Cavaliers have won three of the last four meetings, including the last two times the teams played at John Paul Jones Arena.
The highest-scoring game in Virginia women's basketball history was played against NC State in 1991, a 123-120 triple overtime Virginia victory.
The Wolfpack, who are still looking for their first ACC win of the season, have played a pair of close games against No. 3 Duke and No. 11 North Carolina. NC State trailed Duke by just four points in the final 45 seconds of the game before late free throws expanded the Blue Devil lead to 67-57. The Wolfpack lost by four, 70-66, Thursday night to the Tar Heels. Both of those games were played on NC State's home court, Reynolds Coliseum.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 62-51 victory at Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers had three players score in double figures and two with double-digit rebounds. Telia McCall (Sr., Marietta, Ga.), who grew up 20 miles from the Georgia Tech campus, had her second career double-double, scoring a career-high 18 points with 10 rebounds. McCall's previous career high for points-scored was 14, which she has hit three times including this season at Penn. McCall has led the Cavaliers in rebounding in five of the last seven games and is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game in her last seven games. McCall is now No. 5 among ACC players in rebounding, averaging 8.3 rebounds per game. In ACC games this year, McCall is averaging 8.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Kelsey Wolfe (Jr., Germantown, Md.) followed up an 18-point performance at Miami by scoring 17 against Georgia Tech. Wolfe scored the first seven points of a 9-0 run that extended the Cavaliers lead from seven to 16 points at Georgia Tech. Wolfe had scored the Cavaliers last three points prior to the run, giving her ten consecutive Virginia points in the game. In the previous game against Miami, Wolfe scored six points during the Cavaliers' 17-2 run that erased a 14-point deficit at Miami and gave the Cavaliers a 46-45 lead with 9:44 remaining. The guard has made at least one three-pointer in six of her last seven games. On the defensive side, Wolfe has nine steals in the last two games, including a career-high six steals at Miami, and six assists.
Ataira Franklin (Jr., Bowie, Md.), the team's leading scorer (11.8 ppg), put up 16 points with five assists and three steals at Georgia Tech. Franklin is averaging 13.3 points per game in ACC contests with three double-digit scoring performances in conference games. Franklin has been indispensible on the court, playing 40 minutes in each of the last three games. She is averaging more minutes per game (38.0) in ACC games than any other player in the conference.
Simone Egwu (Sr., Odenton, Md.) had 15 rebounds with three blocked shots. The 15 rebounds was the largest single-game total for a Cavalier player this season, topping the previous high of 14 by McCall against Norfolk State.
The Cavaliers' starting five, which includes those four players plus point guard China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.), have combined to score 100 of Virginia's 116 points in the last three games (86.2 percent).
Except for the double-overtime loss at Alabama, the Virginia defense has not allowed an opponent to score more than 58 points in the last seven games. In the Alabama game, Virginia held the Crimson Tide to 58 points in regulation. In the last five games, opponents are scoring an average of 45.0 points per game.
The Cavaliers had their fourth game of shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line, making 83.3 (15-of-18) of their free throws at Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers had back-to-back games making more than 80.0 percent of their free throw attempts against Norfolk State and Xavier. Virginia's best performance from the stripe was at Penn when the team made 16 of 18 (88.9 percent).
After the NC State game, the Cavaliers will be back on the road, taking on No. 11/20 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The North Carolina game will be televised on the Regional Sports Networks (FS South, Sun Sports (South Florida), FS Florida (Central and North Florida), Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, NESN, FS Arizona Plus, FS Detroit Plus, FS North Plus, FS San Diego, FS Prime Ticket).
The Cavaliers will be back home on Sunday, Jan. 20 when they host No. 24/25 Miami at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The Virginia/Miami game will be streamed live online via ESPN3.