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Jan. 5, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers hope to extend its five-game winning streak when it hosts ninth-ranked North Carolina on Jan. 6. The Tar Heels are the first Top 10 team the Cavaliers will face this season.

This is Virginia’s fifth straight home game after spending much of the early season on the road. After experiencing its worst start in 23 years, UVa has gotten back on the winning track, by winning five straight and six straight home win. Two of its four losses have been to ranked opponents.

Virginia notched its first ACC win with a 83-70 win over visiting Georgia Tech on Monday. Svetlana Volnaya recorded a career-high 29 points and Lisa Hosac added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to the win. The starting five accounted for 77 of the 83 points in the win.

The starting line-up of Volnaya (F), Hosac (F), Schuye LaRue (F), Telisha Quarles (G) and Renee Robinson (G) are 5-0 since the departure of guard Erin Stovall.

The Tar Heels look to get back on the winning track after losing to thir-ranked N.C.State 77-72 on Monday.

#9 North Carolina (9-3, 1-1)
at Virginia (9-4, 0-1)

Jan. 6, 2000 – 7:30 p.m.
University Hall – Charlottesville, Va.
Radio: WINA 1070 AM
TV: none

Series With North Carolina
This game is the 54th meeting between the Tar Heels and Cavaliers. Virginia holds a slight 27-26 advantage in the spirited series which dates back to the 1975-76 season. The Tar Heels have won the last five games and seven of the last eight. Three of the last six games have gone into overtime.

The last time Virginia posted a victory over UNC was on Jan. 15, 1998 when the Cavaliers won a triple-overtime thriller 105-100 in Chapel Hill. Virginia has not beaten the Tar Heels in University Hall since Jan. 31, 1996.

Complete series history is found on page 79 of the Virginia media guide.

How the Teams Match Up

Virginia North Carolina
Points 75.8 78.7
Points Allowed 65.8 68.4
Rebounds 37.1 43.9
Rebound Margin -0.4 +1.1
FG % .456 .426
FG% defense .378 .401
3-pt FG % .296 (63-213) .359 (80-223)
3-pt FG/game 4.8 6.7
FT % .709 .675
Assists 16.7 17.5
Turnovers 17.5 16.7
Blocks 3.5 1.6
Steals 10.0 10.9

Hoos Hot
Svetlana Volnaya scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Syracuse last week and bettered that mark with a 29-point performance in the win over Georgia Tech. Volnaya is averaging 12.2 points per game for the season, but is averaging 18.5 points over the last four games and 26 points in the last two.

Schuye LaRue is averaging 21.0 points in the last four games and netted a career-high 29 points in the win over Butler. For the week, LaRue averaged 23.0 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting .700 from the field in the wins over Siena, Butler and Syracuse and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

Renee Robinson has played exceptionally well at point guard this season and is averaging 6.2 assists and only 1.5 turnovers in the last four games. Coming into this season, she averaged 2.6 assists and 2.2 turnovers per game and has worked hard to improve those numbers.

LaRue Making Mark In ACC
Freshman Schuye LaRue currently leads the ACC in field goal percentage shooting 65.4 percent from the floor (89-136) and ranks fourth in scoring (16.5 pg), the highest scoring freshman in the league. Her 16 rebound performance vs. Syracuse upped her averaged to 7.1 rpg and moved her into ninth place in the league. She also ranks second in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).

LaRue currently ranks sixth in the nation in field goal percentage.

Schuye Grabs Another ACC Honor
LaRue was named the ACC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 3) for her play in the three Cavalier wins last week. For the week, LaRue averaged 23.0 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting .700 from the field in the wins over Siena, Butler and Syracuse.

Volnaya and LaRue Lead Cavs to Win Over Syracuse
Junior Svetlana Volnaya connected for a career-high 23 points and freshman Schuye LaRue recorded her second double-double of the season to lead Virginia to a 70-59 win over Syracuse. Volnaya’s previous career-high was 18 points vs. Brown (Dec. 28, 1998). LaRue pumped in 20 points and had 16 rebounds against the Orangewomen. Her only other double-double this season came against Texas (24 points, 14 rebounds) on Nov. 27, 1999. Her 16 rebounds is the most by a Cavalier since DeMya Walker grabbed 17 rebounds vs. Mt. St. Mary’s on Dec. 8, 1997.

LaRue Hits Career High vs Butler
Schuye La Rue connected for 29 points against Butler, eclipsing her career high of 24 she set against Texas. Her 29 points is the most scored by a freshman since Tora Suber hit 29 vs UNC in 1994. Only Dawn Staley (37 vs Wake in 1989) and Heather Burge (30 vs Virginia Tech in 1990) have scored more as a freshman.

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

Quarles Steals Victory over Siena
Sophomore guard Telisha Quarles stole the ball eight times in the victory over Siena, the most steals by an individual in a single game since Wendy Palmer had 9 in the 78-66 win over Virginia Tech on Dec. 8, 1993. The all-time record for steals in a game is 10, held by Dawn Staley (Temple ?91) and Donna Holt (Maryland ?86).

Stovall Leaves Team
Junior guard Erin Stovall has taken a personal leave of absence from the Virginia women’s basketball team for an indefinite period of time. Stovall, a two-year starter and a pre-season first team All-ACC selection, ranks second on the team in scoring this season with 13.9 points per game. She was replaced in the starting line-up in the Virginia Tech game by sophomore Telisha Quarles. Quarles scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds against the Hokies on Dec. 20.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan indicated that Stovall’s return to the team is uncertain at this time.

Win Over Tech Boosts Cavaliers
Four of the five starters scored in double figures as the Cavaliers defeated state rival Virginia Tech 67-62 on Dec. 20. Junior Svetlana Volnaya led Virginia with 13 points, followed by sophomore Telisha Quarles with 12, freshman Schuye LaRue and senior Renee Robinson each had 10 and the fifth starter, senior Lisa Hosac had nine points.

The win boosted the confidence of the Cavaliers who overcame a 13-0 deficit at the beginning of the game and thwarted several comeback bids by the Hokies who had been ranked in the polls earlier in the season. Virginia was also playing without junior guard Erin Stovall who left the team the week before due to personal reasons and rallied despite her absence.

Dominant Rebounder Still MIA
Virginia is still in a quest for a dominant force on the boards this season. Virginia has not had a consistent presence under the boards since Wendy Palmer graduated in 1996.

Freshman Schuye LaRue leads the squad in rebounding (7.1 rpg) this season while senior Lisa Hosac and junior Svetlana Volnaya follow with 4.6 rpg and 4.1 rpg, respectively.

LaRue has had the Cavaliers’ only games with double figures in rebounds with 14 vs. Texas (Nov. 27) and 16 vs. Syracuse (Dec. 30).

Mitchelson Returns to Line-up
After sitting out six games with a separated right shoulder, junior forward Dean’na Mitchelson returned to action on Dec. 10 vs. Old Dominion.

Mitchelson played only two minutes in the season opener vs. St. Joseph’s before suffering the injury and had not seen action in any games until the Cavaliers met ODU.

Against the Monarchs, Mitchelson nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds in only 22 minutes of action.

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.

Tough Start For the Cavaliers
The 4-4 start this season in its first eight games of the season was Virginia’s worst start since the 1977-78 season when they opened 3-5. That was also Head Coach Debbie Ryan’s first season as head coach at Virginia. The team finished 8-17 that year

LaRue Named ACC Rookie of the Week (Nov. 30)
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.

ACC Teleconference Has Begun
The ACC coaches teleconference begins tomorrow, Jan. 4 and will continue every Tuesday through March 1. Each coach will have approximately eight minutes to answer questions. The 2000 teleconference schedule is:

Jim Davis, Clemson 11:00
Gail Goestenkors, Duke 11:08
Sue Semrau, Florida State 11:16
Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech 11:24
Chris Weller, Maryland 11:32
Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 11:40
Kay Yow, NC State 11:48
Debbie Ryan, Virginia 11:56
Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest 12:04

To get connected on the teleconference, please call (913) 981-5509.

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.

The Cavalier’s record when they:

led at half-time 8-0
trailed at half-time 0-3
were tied at half-time 1-1
went into overtime 0-0
shot 60% or better 0-0
shot 50% or better 4-0
shot less than 50% 5-4
shot less than 40% 0-2
opponent shot 50% or better 0-0
opponent shot less than 50% 9-4
opponent shot less than 40% 6-0
had higher FG% than opponent 8-1
had lower FG% than opponent 1-3
out-rebounded opponent 5-1
were out-rebounded by opponent 3-3
had same rebounds as opponent 1-0
had more offensive rebounds 4-2
had fewer offensive rebounds 4-1
had same offensive rebounds 1-1
had fewer turnovers than opponent 5-1
had more turnovers than opponent 3-2
had same amount of turnovers 1-1
shot more FTs than opponent 4-0
shot fewer FTs than opponent 5-4
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 1-1
scored 100+ points 1-0
scored 90-99 points 0-0
scored 80-89 points 4-0
scored 70-79 points 3-1
scored 60-69 points 1-3
scored 59 or less points 0-0
leading scorer is Hosac 1-0
leading scorer is LaRue 3-2
leading scorer is Quarles 0-2
leading scorer is Stovall 2-0
leading scorer is Volnaya 3-0

Starting Line-ups:

Hosac,Mitchlsn,Stovall,Robinson,Quarles 0-1
Hosac, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson, Quarles 1-0
Hosac, Lias, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson 1-1
Hosac, Volnaya, LaRue, Stovall, Robinson 1-2
Hosac, Volnaya, Kravch., Stovall, Rob. 1-0
Hosac, Volnaya, LaRue, Quarles, Rob. 5-0

Virginia’s record on:

Sunday 1-2
Monday 3-0
Tuesday 1-0
Wednesday 1-0
Thursday 2-0
Friday 1-1
Saturday 0-1

In the ACC
Several Cavaliers are playing well enough to be ranked in the ACC individual stats. Schuye LaRue appears in the most categories, followed by Renee Robinson and Telisha Quarles.

Schuye LaRue

1st field goal percentage 65.4 % (89-136)
2nd blocks 1.3 bpg
4th scoring 16.5 ppg
9th rebounds 7.1 rpg

Renee Robinson

3rd assists 4.9 apg
7th steals 2.6 spg

Telisha Quarles

6th 3-pt FG % .36.0% (18-50)
7th 3-pt FG /game 1.5


6th scoring 75.2 ppg
5th scoring defense 65.5 ppg
5th scoring margin 9.7
2nd FG% 45.3 %
3rd FG% defense 37.5%
6th 3-pt FG% 29.6%
2nd FT% 69.6%
3rd blocked shots 3.5 bpg
8th steals 9.8 spg
7th turnover margin 3.0
7th rebound margin -1.0
4th 3-pt FG made/game 4.9

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, Jan. 3)
Nationwide Cavalier Classic Most Valuable Player

Svetlana Volnaya
Nationwide Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team

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