The final month of the regular season wasn't kind to the Virginia women's basketball team, with the Cavaliers losing their last four games and six of their final seven. UVa will have a chance to get back on track when they face Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday.
"The slate is wiped clean," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "I think it gives you new hope and new energy to be like 'okay it's tournament time and we have nothing to lose.' You just go down and try and play your best basketball."
The Cavaliers enter as the 10-seed with a 13-16 record, including a 6-10 mark in the conference. Boston College is 12-18 overall and 3-13 in the ACC, but one of their wins came over UVa back on Feb. 6.
"For us, it's just going to come down to playing with pride," said senior guard Ataira Franklin. "It's not always going to be about Xs and Os for us. It's just, do we want to finish strong? Are we going to go out and get the 50-50 balls and the hustle plays and really just do the small things that have cost us along the ACC season?"
The Eagles and 'Hoos are meeting in the first round of the tournament for the third-straight year. Two years ago, the Cavaliers won 72-41, but last season BC upset UVa, 66-57.
Despite UVa's recent struggles, they have posted some strong wins throughout the season. The 'Hoos beat then-No. 6 Maryland and blew out a Florida State team that was ranked 17th at the time.
"I know my team can play with anybody in the ACC," said senior guard Lexie Gerson. "That's also a great feeling, knowing that we can play with every single team and anyone we face, it's going to be a great game."
UVa and Boston College are scheduled to tip-off at 3:30 p.m.