“I’m honored to be up there with Wendy [Palmer] and Dawn [Staley], Cathy [Grimes] and Donna [Holt]. Their numbers are actually retired, so I hope one day I’ll be on the list with them. It’s an honor to have my name in the rafters forever, for as long as UVa exists.”
Senior guard Monica Wright expressed the previous words following her senior day game on Sunday afternoon. Often overlooked, women’s basketball is one of UVa’s hidden gems. Shining brightly on the court is a remarkable athlete with her sights set on Virginia’s success. Yesterday, Wright steered her team to their final home win of the season against rival Virginia Tech, 55-46. And if her 27 points and 10 rebounds against the Hokies weren’t astounding enough, Wright has scored 2,474 points in her career pre-ACC tournament, according to virginiasports.com. As she came off the court for the last time with 28.1 seconds left on the clock, the crowd erupted in a standing ovation in honor of her final home game. Wright’s No. 22 jersey was retired post-game and now hangs high from the rafters of John Paul Jones Arena. This dedicated individual has exemplified what it means to be a phenomenal ball player and accomplished female athlete.
Wright and company clinched the third seed in the ACC tournament, to be played next week. The No. 21-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team currently stands at 21-8 (9-5 ACC). Good luck in the tourney ladies. And hats off to you, Ms. Wright.
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Announced on Monday, March 1: Leading ACC scorer Wright was named First Team All-ACC honors for the second consecutive year.