Jan. 28, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The Virginia women's basketball team (10-10, 3-4 ACC) plays its second-straight road contest, taking on Wake Forest (11-9, 2-5 ACC) on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The game will be carried on the radio on WINA- 1070 AM with Channing Poole and Larry Johnson calling the action.
Virginia holds a 63-5 overall record against Wake Forest, but the two teams split a pair of games last season with UVa winning 69-64 at Wake and falling 73-68 in overtime in Charlottesville. Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) scored 23 points in the meeting in Winston Salem and 15 points in the second game. Sarah Imovbioh (Abuja, Nigeria) had an 18-point, 18-rebound performance in the home loss. The Demon Deacons victory at John Paul Jones Arena was their first victory in Charlottesville since 1978.
After dropping its first four ACC contests, Wake Forest has won two of its last three games including a 56-50 victory Sunday (Jan. 26) at Boston College. Forward Dearica Hamby was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday (Jan. 27) after averaging 24 points and 15 rebounds in three games last week. For the season, Hamby is leading the ACC in scoring and rebounding at 21.1 ppg and 11.5 rpg, trying to become the first Demon Deacon to lead the ACC in scoring for a season.
After logging back-to-back victories over ranked teams, the Cavaliers fell 84-75 at Syracuse on Sunday (Jan. 26). The Cavaliers held an 11-point lead midway through the first half, but a charge in the final minute of the period by the Orange had Syracuse up 37-33 at the break. In the second half, Virginia erased a 14-point deficit to briefly retake the lead, 59-58, with 9:26 remaining in the game, but the Orange finished strong to win their third game in a row.
Virginia had 20 offensive rebounds in the game, including 10 from Imovbioh, using them to score 24 second-chance points. Virginia also took advantage of 20 Syracuse turnovers, scoring 21 points off the miscues, including seven of their first 10 points.
Imovbioh posted her eighth double-double of the season at Syracuse, tying a career high with 21 points, matching the 21 points she posted in her Cavalier debut against James Madison in the 2012-13 season opener, while also grabbing 13 rebounds, including a career-high 10 offensive boards. In the last three games, Imovbioh is averaging 16.0 ppg while playing 22.3 minutes per contest.
Senior guard Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. In the last two games, Kelsey Wolfe has scored 42 points with seven assists and 11 rebounds. Wolfe has made eight of her last 16 three-point attempts and has also been hot from the line, making her last 15 free throw attempts and 25 of her last 26 attempts. Overall, Wolfe is 52-of-58 from the free throw line this season, ranking second in the ACC and No. 13 in the nation with an 89.7 percent efficiency.
Redshirt senior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) has zero turnovers in the last two games. Gerson, who posted six assists at Syracuse, leads the ACC with a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference games and in the last three games, Gerson has 15 assists with two turnovers. Gerson, who moved up to second in the ACC and 34th in the nation at 2.6 steals per game, is averaging 4.0 steals per game over the last three contests.
Franklin, who combined to shoot 6-of-9 from three-point range against FSU and Maryland, is averaging 18.6 points per game in her last three contests. With 1,455 career points, Franklin needs 11 points to tie Nancy Mayer (1984-87) for 14th on the Cavalier career scoring list.
The Cavaliers return home to host Clemson on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. The Clemson game will also feature a pregame youth sports festival held in the men's basketball practice court at John Paul Jones Arena. The festival will include seven sports stations for youth to visit, including basketball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. The festival will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Youth completing all seven stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.
There will also be activities for youth set-up in the main lobby of the arena starting at 12:30 p.m., including a sign-making station, face painting, a balloon artist, and inflatable games.
Fans may purchase home game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Single-game ticket prices for all games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVa faculty/staff General Admission. Family Packages are available for $11 each and include a reserved ticket and a concessions voucher valued at $8. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased to receive package pricing.