UVa’s Randolph & Venson Win ACC Honors; Fall Short of ACC Title

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UVa’s Randolph & Venson Win ACC Honors; Fall Short of ACC Title

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The Virginia women’s basketball team concluded their regular season with a commanding 75-59 win against #8 Louisville this past Sunday. The Cavaliers finished their regular season with a record of 17-12. Following their winning season, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honored Virginia guards Faith Randolph and Mikayla Venson on Tuesday (March 3).

UVa third-year guard Faith Randolph was voted second-team All-ACC. Randolph, who was named the ACC Sixth Player of the Year last season, was inserted into the starting lineup this season and showed drastic improvement from last season. The Derwood, MD native increased her scoring average from 11.8 points to 17.1 points per contest. Randolph has scored 20 or more points in a game 11 times this season. She also led the ACC and was ranked seventh in the nation in free throw percentage at 90.3%.

UVa first-year guard Mikayla Venson was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. The last Virginia player to win this honor was Ataira Franklin in 2011. Venson averaged 11.7 points per contest. The native of Arlington, VA shot 40% from the three-point line, which puts her at second in the ACC. She made a total of 56 three-pointers and was just one shy of matching the Virginia freshman record.

“Especially at the point position, she’s had to handle a lot of responsibility,” head coach Joanne Boyle told NBC 29 News. “So to be able to make that team as a freshman with the level of responsibility she’s had, it’s a true testament to the type of player she is.”

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers fell short of their goal of winning the ACC title on Thursday March 5, 2015. Virginia lost in the second round of the ACC tournament to the Miami Hurricanes, 62-52. The Cavs (17-12, 7-9 ACC) were the number 9 seed in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which runs from Wednesday (March 4) through Sunday (March 8).

In their loss to Miami, Venson had 11 points and shot 50% from the three-point line. Randolph came up short with only 6 points and was 1 of 13 from the field. However, she reached her 1,000th career point as a Cavalier during the game.

Both Venson and Randolph have proven this year they are capable of leading their team to a winning season. The two guards will return next season and are confident they can make another run at the ACC title.

“We know we can beat anybody in the ACC,” Faith Randolph told NBC 29 News. “And when we come to play, we’re a great team”.

 

All-ACC Team Honors

First Team

Elizabeth Williams, Sr., C/F, Duke
Adut Bulgak, Jr., C, Florida State
Kaela Davis, So., G, Georgia Tech
Adrienne Motley, So., G, Miami
Allisha Gray, So., G, North Carolina
Stephanie Mavunga, So., F, North Carolina
Jewell Loyd, Jr., G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Brianna Kiesel, Sr., G, Pitt
Dearica Hamby, Sr., F, Wake Forest

Second Team

Azura Stevens, Fr., F/G, Duke
Leticia Romero, So., G, Florida State
Mariya Moore, Fr., G, Louisville
Alexis Peterson, So., G, Syracuse
Faith Randolph, Jr., G, Virginia

Freshman Team

Azura Stevens, Fr., F/G, Duke
Shakayla Thomas, Fr., F, Florida State
Mariya Moore, Fr., G, Louisville
Brianna Turner, Fr., F, Notre Dame
Mikayla Venson, Fr., G, Virginia

By Elijah Hawkins, Staff Writer (P)

 


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