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Women’s basketball: Virginia hosts NJIT on Saturday night

uva womens basketballThe Virginia women’s basketball team (5-3) hosts NJIT (2-4) on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

All of the 2015-16 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on NewsRadio 1070 WINA and streaming online at wina.com and VirginiaSports.com with Channing Poole calling the action. There will also be a live video stream of the game, available with a paid Cavaliers Live subscription.

After jumping out to a 5-0 start, the best start to a season for the Cavaliers since 1997-98, Virginia has lost its last three games, falling to Rutgers, 60-48, and Tulane, 67-62, at the Paradise Jam, and Iowa, 85-73, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Sophomore Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va.) had two 25-point performances in a week span. Venson scored a then-career-high 25 points against Green Bay last Thursday (Nov. 26), only to top that with a 28-point game against Iowa on Wednesday (Dec. 2). In the game against the Hawkeyes, Venson scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. Against the Phoenix, Venson scored 11 in the fourth quarter. In both games, Venson went 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch.

Venson took 18 shots against the Hawkeyes, the second time in a week making that many attempts from the floor after also attempting 18 against Rutgers last Friday (11/27). Venson took 10 three-point shots against Iowa, the third time in a week’s span that she made at least eight attempts from long range.

Sophomore Lauren Moses (Mt. Holly, N.J.) is averaging 13.0 points per game in the last three games. Moses was 5-of-7 shooting against Iowa. In the last three games, she is 17-of-29 (58.6 percent). Moses led the Cavaliers in rebounding against Iowa, the fourth time in the last five games she has had the team-high rebounding.

The Cavaliers had a strong shooting night against Iowa, making 50.0 percent of their shots (29-of-58), their second time this season shooting 50 percent or better, and were 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from three-point range, their second time shooting 40 percent or better from beyond the arc. Last season, the Cavaliers had seven games shooting 50 or better overall and 11 games of making at least 40 percent of their long-range attempts.

Iowa outrebounded UVA, 36-25, the second time this season Virginia had a rebounding deficit in double-digits.

NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) has won two of its last three games, but fell 76-53 to Wagneron Wednesday. Wagner’s Jasmine Nwajei had a triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. NJIT was led by Leah Horton’s 16 points, including going 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Horton leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Freshman Kelly Guarino was named the NJIT Female Athlete of the Week after scoring 21 points in last week’s win over College of St. Joseph’s (VT), going 7-for-8 from three point range.

This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Cavaliers have one more home game before breaking for finals, their Field Trip Day when UVA hosts Bowling Green on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with a special 11 a.m. tip time. Virginia will return to action after finals on Friday, Dec. 18 when it hosts Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.

Single-game ticket prices for all home games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVA faculty/staff General Admission. Fans may purchase home game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and openMonday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).


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