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No. 21 Cavaliers look to take sting out of Jackets

After a nail-biting five-point win against Florida State on the road, the No. 19 Virginia women’s basketball team (22-7, 8-5) gears up to take on Georgia Tech in its last regular season contest. The game will take place Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga.

Though it will be the first meeting between the two teams this season, both will be playing for more than just a notch in the win column.
The Yellow Jackets sit just below the Cavaliers in the ACC standings at 6-6. The game will not only determine if the squad breaks .500 in conference play but also will mark Georgia Tech’s last home game. Although only two seniors are saying goodbye, one of them — guard Jacqua Williams — leads the team in steals and assists, and is second in scoring.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, counter with their own statistic-dominating seniors. Forward Lyndra Littles leads the team in scoring average and rebounds per game, and center Aisha Mohammed is averaging a double-double — 13 points and 10 rebounds — per game this season.

Even more impressive, though, is the play of Virginia junior guard Monica Wright. In addition to leading the team in scoring and making a run at the conference scoring crown, Wright is first on the team in assists and second in rebounds. She also has overwhelmingly dominated the steals category, tallying almost three times as many as the next player.

The game is a chance for the Cavaliers to follow up their win against Florida State and gain momentum heading into the postseason. Throughout the season, Wahoo fans have waited to see players besides Littles, Mohammed and Wright show depth on the court, and Virginia will need its lesser-known competitors to make an impact Sunday if the team wishes to beat an excited Georgia Tech squad.

—compiled by Jack Bird


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