February 28, 2012
The Virginia women's basketball team hits the road for Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday in hopes of making their stay a long one. The Cavaliers open the ACC Tournament on Thursday night after ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak.
"I don't think we left anything to chance at the end of the year," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "When we were playing at Virginia Tech, then home against Wake, then at Florida State, we just said we gotta do everything we need to do to finish strong and position ourselves the best way we can."
Virginia finished with a 9-7 record, tied for fifth place in the conference with North Carolina. With a season sweep, the Tar Heels earn the No. 5 seed on a tiebreaker. The Cavaliers, ranked sixth, will meet No. 11 Boston College at 8 p.m. in the opening round.
"I think we are peaking at the right time," added Boyle. "I think there's something to be said about that. I feel like we're fresh. We've given them some good days off I think they come into practice energized. We've cut down on the amount of time we're practicing. At this point in the season 20-30 games your team's ready and I think we're in a good place."
"I think we all have a lot of confidence right now in each other," said junior guard Lexie Gerson. "It's been a great year so far I'm really happy to be a part of it...really proud. I'm just excited to see where it goes."
With the loss of senior guard China Crosby early in the season, the Cavaliers have adapted to a lineup that includes two seniors, a junior, and two sophomores. Not to mention, the adjustment to a brand to coaching staff that came with new offensive and defensive schemes.
"There's so many different challenges and adversity we've gone through that have allowed us to reach the point where we're at now," said senior captain Chelsea Shine. "We've adjusted better in our defense and it's allowed us to feel our offense better and through all that adversity and the challenges we face, it's really prepared us for what we're about to face in the ACC tournament."