Tinsley improving as ACC play begins

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The last time Florida State made the trip to John Paul Jones arena, Virginia women's basketball pulled off the 60-51 upset of the then-number four Seminoles. Brianna Tinsley wouldn't start her Virginia career until the next season.

As a freshman, the St. Anne's-Belfield alum averaged 4.1 points per game, making 28 starts for the Cavaliers. As a sophomore, Tinsley is scoring 8.6 points per game with five games in double figures for the 6-7 Wahoos.

Tinsley scored a career-high 19 points at Michigan State on November 28. Over the past three games, the sophomore point guard has scored in double figures twice, 11 against Alabama and 12 in the non-conference finale against Charlotte on Sunday.

"From last year to this year, I'd say that I'm actually taking more shots I was more trying to focus on defense last year," Tinsley said. "This year I'm taking more of an offensive side and approach. But that's really it, just more confident and trying to be more aggressive."

After coming off the bench the first two games of the year, Tinsley was inserted into the starting lineup at Old Dominion and has started the 10 games since then.

"She's a lot more vocal," said head coach Tina Thompson. "I think probably the biggest hurdle was just getting her to talk and communicate more. Being that she's our point guard and the ball is in her hand a lot, communication is necessary. And just the confidence in taking the shots that we absolutely know that she can make."