Much has been written and said about All-ACC guard Monica Wright, who played her final home game and whose jersey was retired Sunday, but the most meaningful to me came from her mentor and friend, coach Debbie Ryan. "She's taught everyone here about what character really is," Ryan said.
[caption id="attachment_33480" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Monica Wright was named this week as one of the top 30 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, which is awarded each season to the top women's basketball player in the nation.
[caption id="attachment_33208" align="alignleft" width="201" caption="Freshman center Simone Egwu scored 18 points - nearly four times her average 4.9 points per game so far - and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Cavaliers' easy win.
The No. 21 Virginia women's basketball team will look for a bit of breathing room in the tightly-packed ACC when it travels to Coral Gables to take on conference foe Miami tonight. Even though the Cavaliers (17-6, 6-3 ACC) have not lost to the Hurricanes (16-7, 3-5 ACC) since 2005 and own the all-time series record 6-1, this is no guarantee that Virginia will walk away with a win.
In a game that was never really in doubt beyond the first 10 minutes, the No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers throttled the Clemson Tigers Thursday night 82-60.
The No. 24 women's basketball team will face ACC opponent Clemson tonight at the John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers' (15-6, 4-3 ACC) four-game win streak came to a close last Sunday with a 64-57 loss against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, despite the efforts of freshman guard Lexie Gerson, who scored a career-high 15 points.
She had 737 career wins, four ACC championships and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988. She was inducted not only into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, but also the Naismith Hall of Fame, which includes athletes and coaches from across the game of basketball, in 2002. Most who knew her agree, though, that Kay Yow's biggest accomplishment as a coach - and as a person - before her bout with cancer tragically ended Jan.
[caption id="attachment_32621" align="alignleft" width="259" caption="Freshman guard China Crosby has started all 13 of the Cavaliers' games in which she has played this season, averaging 5.9 points each game, which is good for fifth on the team.
[caption id="attachment_32575" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Sophomore forward Chelsea Shine ranks second on the team in scoring behind senior guard Monica Wright, averaging 7.9 points per game.