The Virginia women's basketball team may have solidified its NCAA Tournament resume with a three-game winning streak to wrap up conference play, but the Cavaliers can leave nothing to chance in tonight's opening round match-up of the ACC Tournament against 11th-seeded
When coach Joanne Boyle gathered her team for its first practice of a new era, she delivered a simple message: Do the little things every night and the rest will follow. The Virginia women's basketball team looks to wrap up the regular season with a weekend pair as Wake Forest comes to Charlottesville today for the Cavaliers' home finale before the Cavaliers travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Sunday. "What the coaches have harped on down to the wire is do the little things - rebound, tips and steals, play solid defense - if we can just hold onto those things, it fuels us," senior forward Chelsea Shine said. Virginia's season began as a quest to prove the pundits wrong, then a mission to sustain early-season success, and finally reversed course after a devastating injury to junior guard China Crosby.
Senior guard Ariana Moorer continued her inspired play, leading the Virginia women's basketball team to a 66-40 win against Virginia Tech yesterday in Blacksburg, the Cavaliers' 11th straight win against their in-state rivals. Moorer paced Virginia (19-9, 7-7 ACC) with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for her seventh straight game with double-digit points.
The Virginia women's basketball team showed its ability to apply full-court pressure and convert transition baskets during a 68-36 rout of Clemson yesterday. The Cavaliers (18-8, 6-6 ACC) matched a 21-year-old school record with 26 steals and allowed a season-low 36 points.
[caption id="attachment_49288" align="alignleft" width="177" caption="Senior forward Chelsea Shine averages an impressive 6.2 rebounds per game, but Florida State's senior forward Cierra Bravard bests that mark with 6.9 boards per game.
[caption id="attachment_49228" align="alignleft" width="282" caption="Midway through the second half of last night's game against Georgia Tech, sophomore guard Ataira Franklin knocked down a jumper which brought Virginia within three points of its opponent.
[caption id="attachment_49150" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Former Virginia women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan, who led Virginia for 34 years before retiring last year, will be inducted to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame April 28.
[caption id="attachment_49052" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Junior guard Lexie Gerson received the night's loudest ovation after her fifth takeaway of the game -and her 70th of the season - sparked a decisive Virginia run against Boston College.
[caption id="attachment_48974" align="alignleft" width="133" caption="Senior guard Ariana Moorer paced Virginia with 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field, but she missed a three-point attempt to tie the game with six seconds left.