Q & A With Ariana Moorer

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First-year point guard Ariana Moorer recently checked in with VirginiaSports.com to talk about the two-week break for final exams, and Thursday’s game against Monmouth (7 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena).

Question: Being a local product out of Woodbridge, Va., what made you want to come to the University of Virginia?
Moorer
: Other than the fact that it is close to home, I’ve always wanted to play for a legendary, Hall of Fame coach like Debbie Ryan. Plus, the people here are great.

Question: The team has had two weeks off from games for final exams. Are you anxious to get back on the court?
Moorer
: Everybody is really excited just to get back onto the court and get back into a routine. We are anxious to get into the flow of a game atmosphere.

Question: After the last game vs. ECU (Dec. 6), you were voted the ACC Rookie of the Week. What did that honor mean to you?
Moorer
: It meant quite a lot, actually. I never would have thought I would be ACC Rookie of the Week. It’s a great honor and I’m looking forward to getting another one!

Question: What has the team’s preparation been like this week for Monmouth?
Moorer
: We have doing a lot of shooting, trying to get a lot of reps in. Also we have been working on getting our legs back to get back into the flow.

Question: There are four first-years on the team (yourself, Chelsea Shine and Britny and Whitny Edwards). How have you all adjusted to your first semester at UVa?
Moorer
: We’ve adjusted pretty well. Basketball-wise, I think we are still trying to get used to the pace of the game. Off the court, I think we are getting used to balancing a lot of different things and managing school and basketball.

Question: What is your best memory so far this year?
Moorer
: Beating Tennessee, that is one for the history books.

Question: What is a game or trip you are looking forward to this season?
Moorer
: I am really looking forward to the ACC Tournament, because I have never been there before.

Question: What is the hardest part about being a point guard?
Moorer
: Just getting everybody in their positions and directing the older players. That is kind of intimidating.

Question: There is a great tradition of point guards at Virginia. Did names like Dawn Staley and Sharne Zoll play a part in your decision to play for the Cavaliers?
Moorer
: Definitely. With Sharne leaving, I have huge shoes to fill and I am just trying to do the best that I can.