BLACKSBURG, VA (January 26) --The fifth-ranked Connecticut womens basketball team will complete its two-game road swing on Tuesday night at No. 23 Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum. Game time is set for 7:00 pm and will be televised locally on CPTV. The Huskies won at Seton Hall, 71-63, on January 24.
UConn, which boasts a record of 5-1 on the road in 2003-04, is searching for its fourth straight win. The Huskies current three-game win streak is the longest of the season since they opened the year with nine consecutive wins. Connecticut holds a record of 14-2 overall and is 5-1 in the BIG EAST. The Hokies have won two straight games and three of their last four overall contests and holds a record of 15-3 and 4-3 in the league.
Tuesdays game will mark the ninth all-time meeting between UConn and Virginia Tech. The Huskies hold a 7-1 advantage in the series and have won the last six meetings. The Huskies only loss to Virginia Tech came on December 30, 1988 by a score of 65-63 at the Cardinal Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. at Stanford.
Senior Diana Taurasi has posted double figure points in each of the Huskies last 30 games and is leading the BIG EAST in scoring averaging 18.7 points per game. Taurasi is also leading the team in scoring as well as 4.69 assists per game and is 45-for-55 from the free throw line, a shooting percentage of .818. She has also blocked 15 shots and grabbed 28 steals. Sophomore Barbara Turner is coming into her own as she scored a season-high 21 points in UConns win over Seton Hall. She is currently second on the team in scoring averaging 13.6 points per game.
Virginia Tech defeated No. 24 Boston College in its most recent action and Tuesdays game will mark the Hokies fourth ranked opponent of the season as Virginia Tech has faced Virginia (No. 24), Villanova (No. 19) and Boston College (No. 24).
Senior forward Ieva Kublina paces the Hokies with an average of 12.9 points per game and ranks second on the squad with 6.8 rebounds per game. Two other members of Virginia Tech are averaging in double figure points Dawn Chriss (11.3 ppg) and Carrie Mason (11.1. ppg). Junior center Erin Gibson leads the Hokies on the boards with a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game.
Bonnie Hendrickson is in her seventh season at the helm of Virginia Tech and owns a record of 150-57 over that span.