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November 23, 1998

VCU (0-2)
#17 Virginia (1-1)

Charlottesville, Va.University Hall (8,457) Nov. 24, 19987:30 p.m.

The Cavaliers look to rebound from the 86-77 upset at Arkansas State on Nov. 22 in the home opener. The Cavaliers play seven of its next eight games at home, with the only road trip on Nov. 30 at state rival Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers welcome the return of second-year guard Katie Tracy who joins the team this week following a successful soccer season. The 5-5 guard started all 22 games for the nationally-ranked Cavaliers and she ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 14 points (7 goals, 0 assists). Last year, Tracy played in 18 basketball games and averaged 1.5 points and 9.6 minutes per game.

Series with VCU
Tonight’s game is the 20th meeting between VCU and Virginia with the Cavaliers leading the series 13-6. The Cavaliers have won the last 12 games between the two teams.

The last time the Rams played in University Hall was on Dec. 12, 1992 and the Cavaliers posted a 94-53 win.

Bower Takes Leave of Absence
The Cavaliers will be without the services of fifth-year guard Tiffany Bower who is taking a personal leave of absence from the team. The leave is not disciplinary but is indefinite.

Bower returned to the team this year after suffering a torn achilles tendon last year in preseason practice. Her return, along with fellow fifth-year guard, Monick Foote was much anticipated after the team posted a 19-10 record last season. She played in the Cavaliers’ first game at West Virginia and scored six points, grabbed one rebound and recorded five assists. She has not practiced with the team since last week and did not travel with the team to Arkansas State.

In The Polls
Virginia dropped to 17th in the AP poll and xx in the USA Today poll this week. The team’s number eight ranking in the first two weeks was the highest rank since Jan. 20, 1997 when Virginia reached number seven in the AP poll.

The Cavaliers have been ranked every week in either the AP or USA Today poll since Jan. 8, 1984. The Cavaliers have been ranked a total of 264 consecutive weeks in one or both of the polls.

Virginia holds the longest active streak of any ACC team in the AP poll–166 weeks. The Cavaliers have been ranked 240 consecutive weeks in the USA Today poll.

Stovall Records Career-High in Loss at Arkansas State
The loss at Arkansas State had a positive note; second-year guard Erin Stovall scored a career-high 22 points in the game. She hit a three-pointer at the final buzzer to push her offensive total to 22 points. Stovall’s previous career-high was 19 vs. Southern Methodist in the NCAA Tournament last March.

Foote Reaches 1000-point milestone
Monick Foote scored the 1000th point of her career with a 17-foot jump shot at the 10:03 mark of the first half vs. West Virginia on Nov. 15. She became the 17th player in Virginia history to reach the 1000-point plateau. For her career, Foote has averaged 11.8 points per game.

Foote ranks fifth in Virginia history in three-point field goals made and needs only eight more three-pointers to move into fourth place, ahead of Dawn Staley.

Ryan Nears 500
Head Coach Debbie Ryan needs only 18 wins to reach the 500-win mark for her career. Ryan has averaged 23 wins per season and enters her 22nd season with a career and Virginia record of 482-165.

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