Imovbioh Ready to Make Mark at UVa

By: Nate Sulham
By: Nate Sulham

Her teammates marvel at her athletic ability. Some even tell stories of unbelievable dunks during practice.

Now Sarah Imovbioh has her chance to exhibit those skills and shine for the Virginia women's basketball team.

Imovbioh was ineligible to play last season due to transcript issues. However she stayed enrolled at UVa and was a regular at practices, watching her teammates and listening to head coach Joanne Boyle's instructions.

She says that experience has her ready to fly out of the gate when Virginia hosts James Madison in its season-opener November 9.

"I'm really comfortable with the girls. The chemistry is right there, I can tell," Imovbioh said. "I'm just going to put in the effort and bring out the energy and get the rebound and also run the floor."

Rebounding is one area her teammates say Imovbioh will help in right away. The 6'2" forward is a menace on the glass and may be just what the doctor ordered for a Cavalier team that struggled at times in that department last year.

"I think I can help (rebounding). It's something I enjoy doing," Imovbioh explained.

Junior All-ACC shooting guard Ataira Franklin is convinced, having seen Imovbioh in practice.

"Sarah is a freak of nature athlete. Like, it's crazy," Franklin said. "I don't know what kind of water she was drinking. I wish I had some."

"Just her ability to get up and down the court, rebound. It's going to help us out a lot."

Senior point guard China Crosby knows what Imovbioh's gone through sitting on the sidelines. Crosby herself has missed much of the last three seasons due to knee injuries.

"Sarah, she's been waiting for this moment for a long time and sometimes, you get too tight because you've been wanting it for so long," Crosby said. "I tell her loosen up and once she loosens up you see how much of a freak of nature athlete she is."


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