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Aug. 25, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Fifth-year guard Kate Mooney will not play for the Virginia women’s basketball team this season in order to devote her time to her final year in the School of Architecture. Mooney, who redshirted last season, made the decision, along with Head Coach Debbie Ryan, to bypass her final season of eligibility in order to complete the routinely demanding schedule of classes in the School of Architecture.

“We’re really going to miss Kate, but were glad she will stay close to the program,” said Ryan. “She will always be a Cavalier.”

Mooney had her best season in 1997-98 when she averaged 6.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while starting 28 of 29 games. The six-footer played in 80 games during her three-year career and averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She shot 32.2 percent from three-point range for her career and holds the Virginia record for the most three-point field goals made in a game (seven) along with Monick Foote and Mimi McKinney.

Virginia begins the pre-season with exhibition games with the U.S. National Team (Nov. 12) and the Russian Olympic Team (Nov. 16). The season opener is Nov. 21 vs. St. Josephs in University Hall.

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