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Dec. 9, 1999

Virginia (4-3)
at #21 Old Dominion (4-1)

Dec. 10, 1999 – Old Dominion Fieldhouse (4,855) – Norfolk, Va.

Radio: Wina 1070 AM

Team Leaders
Schuye LaRue 15.4 ppg
Schuye LaRue 6.9 rpg
Renee Robinson 4.9 apg
Renee Robinson 2.9 spg

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia has won three of its last four games and looks for a big win over 21st-ranked Old Dominion. The Cavaliers need a win over a ranked opponent to start working their way back into the polls. This season is the first time since 1984 that Virginia has not appeared in at least one of the polls, a span of 281 weeks and 463 games.

Old Dominion is the second of three ranked opponents the Cavaliers will meet this month. Virginia lost to #22 Duke 77-63 on Dec. 5 and will meet #24 Virginia Tech at home on Dec. 20.

The Cavaliers hope to have Dean’na Mitchelson back in the line-up after sitting out the last six games with a separated right shoulder which she suffered in the season opener.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Cavaliers and she brings a career record of 505-177 into tonight’s game. Ryan and Old Dominion Head Coach Wendy Larry have played each other six times with Ryan holding a 4-2 edge in head-to-head competition.

Series With Old Dominion
Old Dominion leads the series 15-9, but Virginia has won six of the last eight contests. Virginia does not fare well in Norfolk with only two wins in 12 tries. The last time the Cavaliers traveled to Norfolk was on Dec. 4, 1991 and posted a 90-59 win. That game also marked the last time the two teams played in an annual rivalry. The two teams played every year from 1974 to 1991 and did not meet again until the semifinals of the NCAA East Regional in Charlottesville in 1996.

The last time these two teams met was on Jan. 27, 1998 at the Richmond Coliseum and ODU came out on top 80-51.

How the Teams Match Up: Virginia vs. ODU

Virginia ODU
Points 75.6 79.0
Points Allowed 68.9 67.2
Rebounds 8.9 45.8
Rebound Margin -0.1 +7.6
FG % .435 .435
FG% defense .370 .401
3-pt FG % .272 (31-114) .212 (14-66)
FT % .743 .664
Assists 16.7 19.2
Turnovers 17.9 22.0
Blocks 2.7 5.4
Steals 10.0 11.4

Hosac Lifts Cavaliers To Win Over Loyola
Senior Lisa Hosac took command of the offense and scored a season-high 22 points to lead Virginia to a win over Loyola on Tuesday. Hosac, who had been averaging just 7.3 points per game, exploded for 11 points in the first half on 4-8 shooting from the field, including 1-1 from three-point range. She was more deadly in the second half going 5-7 from the field. She also led the team with seven rebounds, tied with Svetlana Volnaya.

Quarles Hits Career-High Against Blue Devils
One of the bright spots in Sunday’s loss at Duke was the emergence of sophomore Telisha Quarles. The native of Louisa, Va. led Virginia with 17 points against Duke with 14 of those points coming in the second half. She was 7-10 from the field in the second half. Her previous career-high was eight points which she set three times this year in the St. Joseph’s, Grambling, and Washington games.

Mitchelson Questionable For Game With Lady Monarchs
Junior Dean’na Mitchelson has been sidelined since Nov. 21 with a a dislocated right shoulder suffered in the the St. Joseph’s game. She had earned a starting position in the season opener after impressing the coaching staff during the two preseason games. Mitchelson is scheduled to be re-evaluated this week and is listed as questionable for the Dec. 10 game at Old Dominion.

LaRue Named ACC Rookie of the Week
Schuye LaRue was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 30 after her performance in the Rainbow Wahine Classic. In the three-game tournament, LaRue averaged 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and was 24-39 from the floor for a shooting percentage of 61.5 percent. In the Washington game, LaRue was a perfect 9-9 from the floor, 1-1 from three-point range and 2-2 from the free throw line. She tied the school record for field goal percentage, a mark that was set in 1995 by Wendy Palmer and matched last season by DeMya Walker. LaRue was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Wahine Classic along with teammate Erin Stovall.

Tough Start For the Cavaliers
With a 3-3 start this season in its first six games of the season, this is Virginia’s worst start since the 1977-78 season when they opened 2-4. That was also Head Coach Debbie Ryan’s first season as head coach at Virginia. The team finished 8-17 that year.

In the ACC
Freshman Schuye LaRue has made an impact on the Virginia squad as well as in the ACC statistics. As of Dec. 9, LaRue ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (.640, 48-75), is the league’s fifth leading scorer (15.4 ppg) and ranks 10th in rebounds (6.9 rpg).

Junior Erin Stovall ranks seventh in the conference in scoring (13.9 ppg) and senior Renee Robinson ranks second in assists (4.9 apg) and fifth in steals (2.9 spg).

Stovall Ties Career High In Win Over William & Mary
Erin Stovall scored 27 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 71-42 win at William & Mary on Thursday. The 27 points matches her career-high and is the team’s best individual offensive output this season. Against the Tribe, Stovall was 9-15 from the field (.600) and 3-6 from three-point range. She has scored in double figures in all but one game this year.

In the Polls
With Virginia grabbing the final spot in the preseason USA Today poll, the Cavaliers extended their streak in the polls. However, by not securing a spot in the pre-season AP poll, the Cavaliers’ streak of 182 consecutive weeks in that poll is history. Up until the polls of Nov. 22, the Cavaliers had been ranked every week in either the AP or USA Today poll since Jan. 8, 1984?a total of 281 consecutive weeks.

Virginia holds the longest streak of any ACC team in the AP poll?182 weeks. The streak in the AP poll started on Nov. 20, 1989 and ended this season. The Cavaliers had appeared in every USA Today poll for a total of 261 consecutive weeks.

Homecoming For Stovall
The trip to Hawaii was a homecoming of sorts for Erin Stovall who graduated from Honolulu’s Iolani High school in 1997. She is originally from Irvine, Calif., but spent her senior year at Iolani High School. She was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Hawaii and named to the Nissan Hawaii High School Hall of Honor for the sport of basketball. In addition, she was a stand-out track athlete and earned Hawaii’s Track Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was named the Top Female Performer at the Panahou Relays that same year. She was the state champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump and held and still holds the the state records in the 100 hurdles and the 200 meters.

In the Hawaii tournament, Stovall scored 21 points to lead Virginia to the 100-79 win. Against Texas, she scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds and against Washington, she scored 13 points and had three rebounds and four assists. She was named to the All-Tournament team.

Ryan Holds Advantage vs. Current ACC Coaches
Debbie Ryan holds a 138-72 record against the current coaches in the ACC and holds a winning record versus every coach in the conference.

Ryan vs.
Jim Davis, Clemson 19-11
Gail Goestenkors, Duke 9-7
Sue Semrau, Florida St. 4-0
Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech 23-3
Chris Weller, Maryland 31-20
Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 22-9
Kay Yow, N.C. State 25-22
Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest 5-0

Team Record

Overall record 4-3
home 1-1
away 1-1
neutral 2-1
Conference record 0-1
home 0-0
away 0-1
Ranking NR

Cavaliers On TV

Jan. 17 Virginia at N.C. State 7:30 p.m.
(HTS, Fox Sports South)
Jan. 30 Duke at Virginia 12:30 p.m.
(HTS, Fox Sports South)
Feb. 3 Virginia at Georgia Tech 7:00 p.m.
(Fox Sports South)
Feb. 7 Virginia at N. Carolina 7:30 p.m.
(HTS, Fox Sports South)
Feb. 20 N.C. State at Virginia 2:00 p.m.

all times are Eastern

The Cavalier’s record when they:

led at half-time 2-0
trailed at half-time 0-2
were tied at half-time 1-1
went into overtime 0-0
shot 60% or better 0-0
shot 50% or better 1-0
shot less than 50% 3-3
shot less than 40% 0-2
opponent shot 50% or better 0-0
opponent shot less than 50% 4-1
opponent shot less than 40% 3-0
had higher FG% than opponent 4-0
had lower FG% than opponent 0-3
out-rebounded opponent 3-1
were out-rebounded by opponent 0-2
had same rebounds as opponent 1-0
had more offensive rebounds 2-2
had fewer offensive rebounds 1-0
had same offensive rebounds 1-1
had fewer turnovers than opponent 1-1
had more turnovers than opponent 2-1
had same amount of turnovers 1-1
shot more FTs than opponent 2-0
shot fewer FTs than opponent 2-3
shot same number of FTs as opponent 0-0
had game decided by 10 points or less 0-0
had game decided by 5 points or less 0-1
scored 100+ points 1-0
scored 90-99 points 0-0
scored 80-89 points 1-0
scored 70-79 points 2-1
scored 60-69 points 0-2
scored 59 or less points 0-0
leading scorer is Hosac 1-0
leading scorer is LaRue 1-2
leading scorer is Quarles 0-1
leading scorer is Stovall 1-0

Starting Line-ups:

Hosac,Mitchelson,Stovall,Robinson,Quarles 0-1
Hosac, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson, Quarles 1-0
Hosac, Lias, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson 1-1
Hosac, Volnaya, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson 1-1
Hosac, Volnaya, Kravch., Stovall, Rob. 1-0

Virginia’s record on:

Sunday 1-2
Monday 0-0
Tuesday 1-0
Wednesday 0-0
Thursday 1-0
Friday 1-0
Saturday 0-1

1999-2000 Team Honors

Erin Stovall
Preseason All-ACC First Team
Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team

Schuye LaRue
Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team
ACC Rookie of the Week (Nov. 30)

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