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Nov. 9, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team played its final exhibition game of the season, as the Cavaliers hosted the Russia Select team at University Hall in front of 1,206 spectators. UVa built an early lead and coasted to a 84-55 victory.

After Russia tied the score at two 53 seconds into the game, Virginia took the lead for good 15 seconds later on a DeMya Walker layup and never looked back. UVa built its lead to 24 points when Elena Kravchenko sank a turnaround jumper with 1:59 remaining in the first half of play. The Russia Select team went on a 5-1 run to close half trailing by 20 points, 44-24.

Russia opened the second half of play on a 19-7 run, cutting Virginia’s lead to eight points on three occasions, the last with 11:40 remaining in the game. However, the Russia Select squad was never able to get an closer than eight points, and UVa went on a 32-7 scoring run to end the game.

Virginia had four players score in double figures and was paced by Walker, who recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. Walker also collected a game-high five steals to go along with three assists. The received solid efforts from the trio of Monick Foote (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), Lisa Hosac (11 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds) and Svetlana Volnaya who scored 12 points and was two-for-two from three-points range. Kravchenko chipped in nine points (4-5 fg) and Tiffany Bower added eight points, four assists and three rebounds in the win.

Russia Select was highlighted by Maria Stepanova, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots. Diana Gustilina posted a team-high 15 points in the loss.

With the win, Virginia closes out the exhibition portion of its schedule. UVa will return to action on Sunday, (Nov 15) when the Cavaliers travel to Morgantown, W.Va. to play their first regular season game of the season when Virginia faces the West Virginia Mountaineers. The contest is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be played at the WVU Coliseum.

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