Basketball Announces New Schedule
Aug. 16, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
The University of Virginia women?s basketball team will play in-state rivals Old Dominion on the road and Virginia Tech at home and compete in the 21st Annual Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii this season. The Cavaliers will play an exhibition game on Nov. 12 vs. the U.S. National Team and on Nov. 16 vs. the Russian National Team. Virginia opens the 1999-2000 regular season at home vs. 1999 Atlantic 10 tournament champions St. Joseph?s on Nov. 21.
The Old Dominion rivalry returns to the schedule after a one-year absence. The two teams met at the Richmond Coliseum on Jan. 27, 1998 for the first regular season game since the 1991 season. Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan and Old Dominion Head Coach Wendy Larry agreed to renew the series, this time, playing the games on the home courts. The Monarchs will visit Charlottesville during the 2000-2001 season.
Virginia will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 26-28 to participate in the 21st Annual Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawaii. Other teams in the eight-team tournament are: Texas, Long Beach State, Virginia Commonwealth, Grambling, Portland, Washington and host Hawaii. The Cavaliers face four opponents who were ranked in the Top 15 in the final USA Today poll last season: Duke ( ranked 2nd), Old Dominion (10th), Clemson (13th), Virginia Tech (14th), and North Carolina (15th).
The U.S. National Team will be the first competition for the Cavaliers in its exhibition season. Virginia will face the Olympic squad made up of a nucleus of five players who will make up the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. The five players are former Virginia point guard Dawn Staley (Charlotte Sting), Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (Sacramento Monarchs), Lisa Leslie (L.A. Sparks), Nikki McCray (Washington Mystics) and Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx). The rest of the team will be named later this summer.
The Cavaliers finished the 1998-99 season with a 20-9 mark overall and a 12-4 record in the ACC. Virginia returns two starters from a team that reached the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Virginia finished the season ranked 20th in both the AP and USA Today polls.