Virginia heads to the ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face the winner of Georgia Tech vs. Miami Friday at 11 a.m., in Greensboro, N.C. Britnee Millner, fresh off what head coach Debbie Ryan called her best performance of the season against Georgia Tech in the Cavs’ regular-season finale, checked in with VirginiaSports.com to preview the ACC Tournament.
Question: Talk about the atmosphere in Greensboro for the ACC Tournament. You’re an upperclassmen so you’ve experienced it before.
Britnee Millner: The atmosphere is definitely ridiculous. It’s loud and there are a ton of kids cheering. There are not necessarily more fans than we get at our home games, but the atmosphere is a bit more intense.
Question: Your squad has secured a first-round bye so you’ll have an extra day to prepare for your quarterfinal game. How important will that be?
Millner: The bye definitely helps with our confidence. It also gives us more time to rest and to be more prepared. I feel like having a bye this year makes it a little easier climb to the championship game.
Question: Coming off the emotional double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech, would it be hard to face them again less than a week later?
Millner: After our game against Georgia Tech on Sunday, we definitely have a newfound respect for that team. Not that we didn’t to begin with, but after the second overtime we just knew we would have to give it everything to pull out the win. Both Georgia Tech and Miami are good teams and well-matched, and either way depending on who we play it will be a great game.
Question: You hit a huge 3-pointer against Georgia Tech and seem to be hitting your peak as one of the top reserves on the team.
Millner: My confidence is definitely coming from my teammates and the encouragement that I get from them. I also talk to my grandma every day about basketball and I get a lot of inspiration from her. She always tells me to play my hardest.
Question: You had your hair dyed orange for the last regular-season home game. Any special plans for the ACC Tournament?
Millner: Well you never know! I might add some blue to complement the orange!
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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