Cavs Set to Battle No. 12 Georgia

Monica Wright, courtesy UVa Media RelationsWhile the men's basketball game was postponed yesterday, the No. 17 women's squad were busy preparing for a pre-Christmas showdown against No. 12 Georgia today. Virginia (7-2) is coming off a nearly two-week break, following a thrashing of Furman University, when Monica Wright was named ACC Player of the Week.

Wright is a mere 10 points away from breaking 2,000 career points, and when she does (likely this afternoon), she'll be just the third Wahoo to do so, behind Dawn Staley (2,135) and Heather Burge (2,058).

Wright, who leads the team with 20.4 points per game, will also be looking for help from sophomore Chelsea Shine, who averages 9.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Georgia is undefeated at 9-0 this season, which includes quality wins against then-ranked No. 13 Oklahoma (62-51) and No. 23 Georgia Tech (56-50). This game also marks a meeting of the 700 club, as Georgia head coach Andy Landers and Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan are two of the just seven coaches with 700 career victories.

"Virginia is the biggest challenge we’ve faced," Landers said. "They’re a very good basketball team with perhaps the best player we’ll see all season in Monica Wright."

Virginia is 2-1 all time against Georgia, beating them 62-60 last season at John Paul Jones. Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on WINA 1070 in Charlottesville.

"Virginia is the biggest challenge we’ve faced," head coach Andy Landers said. "They’re a very good basketball team with perhaps the best player we’ll see all season in Monica Wright."
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