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Jan. 26, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers look to get back on the winning track tonight after falling to Kent 85-74 on Monday night. With the loss, Virginias 10-game winning streak comes to a close. The 10-game win streak was the longest since the 1994-95 season when the Cavaliers put together a string of 13 wins. The current streak began on Dec. 20 when the Cavaliers posted a 67-62 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech and extended to the double-overtime win over Clemson on Jan. 20.

Virginia is in a tie for first place in the conference standings with Duke. If both Virginia and Duke win tonight, the stage will be set for a first place showdown on Sunday, Jan. 30 when the Blue Devils travel to Virginia for a regionally televised game. Duke hosts North Carolina tonight in Durham.

Virginia enters the polls for the second time in this season. The Cavaliers were ranked 25th in the USA Today poll in November, but dropped out after thier loss to St. Josephs in the season opener. This week, Virginia gained the 25th spot in the AP poll and 24th place in the USA Today poll. The Cavaliers had been ranked in 281 consecutive polls (either AP or USA Today) prior to this season.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan may elect to alter the starting line-up for tonights game. She indicated on her radio show on Tuesday that she may let Schuye LaRue play from the bench because of foul trouble in recent games. If that is the case, Deanna Mitchelson or Chalois Lias may get the starting nod.

#24/25 Virginia (14-5, 6-1)
atWake Forest (6-12, 2-5)

Jan. 27, 2000 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,407) Winston-Salem, N.C.
Radio: WINA 1070 AM
TV: none

Probable Starters

F 15 Svetlana Volnaya (Minsk, Belarus) 6-1 Jr. 14.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
F 20 Lisa Hosac (Littleton, Colo.) 6-2 Sr. 9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg
F 45 Schuye LaRue (Washington, D.C.) 6-3 Fr. 15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
G 10 Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) 5-8 So. 11.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
G 5 Renee Robinson (E. Palo Alto, Calif.) 5-6 Sr. 8.5 ppg, 5.4 apg

Key Reserves

G 12 Katie Tracy (Richmond, Va.) 5-5 Jr. 1.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg
F 00 Deanna Mitchelson (Bakersfield,Calif.) 6-2 Jr. 3.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F 33 Chalois Lias (Newport News, Va.) 6-1 Jr. 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg

The Series with Wake Forest
Tonights game marks the 46th meeting between the two teams. Virginia holds a 44-1 record in the series and has won 42 straight against the Demon Deacons. The only loss in the series happened on Jan. 13, 1978 when Wake Forest posted a 60-59 win over the Cavaliers in University Hall.

The 42-game win streak is the longest streak of one ACC team over another in the history of the conference.

Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis was an assistant coach for Ryan at Virginia in 1982 and 1983.

How the Teams Match Up

Virginia Wake Forest
Points 76.6 58.9
Points Allowed 68.3 64.7
Rebounds 35.7 36.2
Rebound Margin -2.1 -4.2
FG % .461 .391
FG% defense .388 .378
3-pt FG % .319 (97-304) .261 (68-261)
3-pt FG/game 5.1 3.9
FT % .744 .674
Assists 16.9 13.2
Turnovers 17.6 19.4
Blocks 3.5 2.6
Steals 9.4 6.8

Robinson Having a Great Year
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Renee Robinson already has 102 assists for the season, surpassing her total of 88 she had as a junior. Robinson worked hard over the summer to get ready for her senior season and the hard work has paid off. She currently leads the ACC in assists and has had six or more assists in nine games this year. She matched her career-high of nine assists in the N.C. State win (Jan. 17).

Robinson is also averaging 8.5 points per game this season which is 5.5 points over her career average. She netted a career-high 24 points in the win over ninth-ranked North Carolina (Jan. 6) and produced 19 points in the win over sixth-ranked N.C. State. In her previous three seasons, she had only recorded double figures in scoring twice but this year alone has scored in double figures in five games.

The Schuyes the Limit
Schuye LaRue continues to lead the Cavaliers in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. If she ends her rookie campaign as the team leader in those three categories, she will match Cathy Grimes (1982) as the only other freshman to achieve the feat. Grimes and Dawn Staley (1989) were the only other freshmen to lead the team in scoring while Chrissy Reese (1980), Grimes and Heather Burge (l990) all were the top rebounders as rookies.

Currently, LaRue leads the league in field goal percentage and is the top scoring rookie in the ACC.

Last Game: Kent Upsets Virginia
Julie Studer scored 25 points, including a layup that started Kent on a decisive surge late in the second half, as the Golden Flashes beat No. 25 Virginia 85-74 Monday night.

With its first victory over a ranked opponent, Kent (14-4) ran its winning streak to 11 games. Kent has won 27 in a row at home.

Three Virginia players fouled out, and Kent was 31-for-36 from the free throw line. Studer made all 11 of her foul shots.

Schuye LaRue paced the Cavaliers with 19 points, but Virginia (14-5) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped. LaRue scored 17 of her points in the second half after playing just four minutes of the first half because of foul trouble.

Dawn Zerman scored 21 for Kent. Telisha Quarles and Svetlana Volnaya each added 18 points for Virginia.

LaRue’s two free throws tied it at 68 with 4:56 left. Studer’s layup about 20 seconds later put Kent ahead and Zerman followed with a 3-pointer. Alana Bader’s layup and free throw completed an 8-0 run.

Virginia narrowed Kent’s advantage to 78-74 with 1:10 left, but Kent’s points after that all came at the line.

Robinson Moving On Up In Assists and Steals
Renee Robinson has 328 assists for her career which puts her in 8th place in Virginia history. She entered the season with 226 assists and with her 102 assists this season, she moved ahead of Melissa Mahony in eighth place. Below is ranking of Virginias Top 10 assist leaders:

1. Dawn Staley (1989-92) 729
2. Donna Holt (1985-88) 561
3. Dena Evans (1990-93) 528
4. Tora Suber (1994-97) 504
5. Nancy Mayer (l984-87) 420
6. Jenny Boucek (l993-96) 397
7. Tammi Reiss (1989-92) 380
8. Renee Robinson (1997-present) 328
9. Melissa Mahoney (l979-82) 312
10. Kim Silloway (1983-86) 310

Robinson also broke into the Top 10 in steals, resting in ninth place with 186 career steals. Below is the ranking of Virginias Top 10 steals leaders:

1. Donna Holt (1985-88) 529
2. Dawn Staley (1989-92) 454
3. Tonya Cardoza (1987-91) 375
4. Nancy Mayer (1984-87) 240
5. Daphne Hawkins (1985-88) 228
6. Tora Suber (1994-97) 223
7. Wendy Palmer (l993-96) 219
8. DeMya Walker (1996-99) 192
9. Renee Robinson (1997-present) 186
10. Heather Burge (1990-93) 185

Ryan Holds Advantage vs. Current ACC Coaches
Debbie Ryan holds a 143-72 record against the current coaches in the ACC and holds a winning record versus every coach in the conference.

Ryan vs.

Jim Davis, Clemson 20-11
Gail Goestenkors, Duke 9-7
Sue Semrau, Florida St. 5-0
Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech 23-3
Chris Weller, Maryland 32-20
Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 23-9
Kay Yow, N.C. State 26-22
Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest 5-0
142-72

Volnaya Grabs First ACC Honor
Junior forward Svetlana Volnaya was named the ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 17) after scoring 28 points and shooting .648 percent (11 for 17) from the floor in the Cavaliers 76-68 win over Maryland. She scored 17 of her 28 points in the second half to help erase a four-point halftime deficit. She was 2-5 from three-point range and 4-4 from the free throw line. This was the first time Volnaya was named the Player of the Week.

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.

LaRue Making Mark In ACC and the Nation
Freshman Schuye LaRue currently leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.615, 112-1182) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.3 ppg), the highest scoring freshman in the league. She ranks seventh in rebounds (7.0 rpg) and third in blocked shots (1.1 bpg).

LaRue currently ranks 10th in the nation in field goal percentage.

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. Volnayas 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. Marys 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.

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).

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.

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

Mitchelson played only two minutes in the season opener vs. St. Josephs 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 Sundays 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. Josephs, Grambling, and Washington games.

Virginia Has Longest Streak in Polls Among ACC Teams
Virginia holds the longest streak of any ACC team in the AP poll182 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, until this season.

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, 1999, the Cavaliers had been ranked every week in either the AP or USA Today poll since Jan. 8, 1984a total of 281 consecutive weeks.

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.

Stovall Will Not Return To Team
Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan announced that junior guard Erin Stovall, who left the team indefinitely last month for personal reasons, will not return to the team this season. Ryan made her announcement in the press room following Virginias 87-68 upset of ninth-ranked North Carolina.

I would like to dispel any speculation that we are a better team because she is not here. I feel like there are alot of reasons why we are playing better, said Ryan. Weve always had good chemistry. I did not feel that Erins departure made our chemistry better. I feel that certain players had a chance to step up and they did. And I want that on the table. Right now, its in the teams best interest. I had to make a tough decision. I did not close the door completely, we will revisit this in the Spring if she wants to.

Stovall, a preseason All-ACC selection, was averaging 13.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and was the teams second leading scorer. She left the team prior to the Dec. 20 game vs. Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers record when they:

led at half-time 11-0
trailed at half-time 2-3
were tied at half-time 1-2
went into overtime 1-0
shot 60% or better 0-0
shot 50% or better 6-0
shot less than 50% 8-5
shot less than 40% 1-2
opponent shot 50% or better 0-0
opponent shot less than 50% 14-5
opponent shot less than 40% 8-0
had higher FG% than opponent 12-3
had lower FG% than opponent 2-3
out-rebounded opponent 6-1
were out-rebounded by opponent 7-4
had same rebounds as opponent 1-0
had more offensive rebounds 5-2
had fewer offensive rebounds 8-2
had same offensive rebounds 1-1
had fewer turnovers than opponent 8-1
had more turnovers than opponent 4-3
had same amount of turnovers 2-1
shot more FTs than opponent 7-0
shot fewer FTs than opponent 6-5
shot same number of FTs as opponent 1-0
had game decided by 10 points or less 5-1
had game decided by 5 points or less 3-1
scored 100+ points 1-0
scored 90-99 points 0-0
scored 80-89 points 6-0
scored 70-79 points 6-2
scored 60-69 points 1-3
scored 59 or less points 0-0
leading scorer is Hosac 3-0
leading scorer is LaRue 3-3
leading scorer is Quarles 1-2
leading scorer is Stovall 2-0
leading scorer is Volnaya 4-0
leading scorer is Robinson 1-0

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. 10-1

Virginias record on:

Sunday 2-2
Monday 4-1
Tuesday 1-0
Wednesday 1-0
Thursday 4-0
Friday 1-1
Saturday 1-1
In the ACC In All Games
Schuye LaRue
1st field goal percentage 61.4 % (116-189)
3rd blocks 1.1 bpg
5th scoring 15.1 ppg
9th rebounds 6.9 rpg
Lisa Hosac
1st free throw percentage 85.9% (55-64)
Chalois Lias
4th blocks 0.9 bpg
Renee Robinson
1st assists 5.6 apg
T-5th steals 2.5 spg
Telisha Quarles
10th assists 2/8 apg
Svetlana Volnaya
1st 3-pt FG percentage 46.0 % (29-63)
2nd free throw percentage 84.5% (49-58)
6th 3-pt FG/game 1.7
6th scoring 14.1 ppg
TEAM
1st scoring 76.7 ppg
6th scoring defense 67.3 ppg
3rd scoring margin 9.4
1st FG% 45.9%
5th FG% defense 38.5%
6th 3-pt FG% 31.3%
2nd FT% 74.5%
3rd blocked shots 3.4
7th steals 9.3
4th turnover margin 3.1
7th rebound margin -1.6
4th 3-pt FG made/game 5.1

1999-2000 Team Honors

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
ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 17)

Renee Robinson
ACC/HTS Player of the Game (Jan. 17)

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