Saturday, March 26, 2011

WNIT: Ryan's last ride at JPJ

All fans of women's basketball and or the University of Virginia anywhere near Charlottesville should visit John Paul Jones Arena Saturday night at 7 p.m. when the Cavaliers (19-15) host Charlotte (26-9) in the WNIT quarterfinals in what will be coach Debbie Ryan's last home game. Any subsequent WNIT games involving Virginia will be held on the road because JPJ is booked for other events.

The Virginia-Charlotte winner will play either Syracuse or Toledo in the semifinals on Wednesday or Thursday. The Syracuse-Toledo quarterfinal will be played Sunday. Also Sunday, Arkansas will visit Illinois State and Southern Cal will travel to Colorado in the other quarterfinals.

The Cavaliers have won their three WNIT games thanks largely to defense, as they're allowing only 51.0 ppg in the tournament and have held their last two opponents under 50.

Charlotte, which outlasted Florida 81-77 in overtime Thursday, will look to continue its success against Virginia schools. The 49ers have a 6-1 record against schools from the Commonwealth this season, having defeated Hampton, VCU, Virginia Tech, Richmond (twice) and Liberty. The lone loss was to Old Dominion.

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