It seems like I'm writing about a lot of milestones lately. But as I see it, that's a good thing.
This time it's the Virginia Women's Basketball program with first-year Head Coach Joanne Boyle. On Friday they got their first win of the season, and thus Boyle's first win as Wahoo Head Coach. Last night, the Cavaliers went on the road and took down Providence 55-38, giving Boyle her first road win as Wahoo Head Coach.
From all indications, this was not a pretty game. Virginia shot 35.4% in snagging the win. Thankfully Providence only shot 27.8%. Another key difference was the free throws. The Friars went 3-8 from the charity stripe in the first half and didn't even attempt a freebie in the second half. On the other side, Virginia made 19 of its 30 free throws for a not-very-good-but-still-better-than-Providence 63.3%.
Junior Simone Egwu led all scorers with 12 points. The balanced scoring from the opener continued in this game as Sophomore Jazmin Pitts (10 points), Seniors Ariana Moorer (8) and Chelsea Shine (8), Junior China Crosby (7) and Sophomore Ataira Franklin (7) were all right on Egwu's heels. Shine also pulled down a game-high ten rebounds while Crosby had a game-high four steals.
A couple of things that stand out to me about the team so far:
First, Jazmin Pitts leads the team in scoring (tied at 23 points with Chelsea Shine) and is also second on the team in rebounds even though she's played half as many minutes as the next 6 players on the roster. I'm looking forward to seeing if that trend continues.
With only one player - Simone Egwu - listed as Center on the roster (Erinn Thompson is listed as F/C) it's nice to see the amount of production we're getting from our inside players. We have a handful of capable perimeter players, so this type of inside production will be good for opening them up as the season progresses.
The Cavaliers are back home tomorrow night to host High Point at 7pm, followed by a big matchup on Sunday at JPJ against #3 Tennessee. Tipoff for that contest is at 2pm and it will be broadcast on ESPN3.