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Jan. 28, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers have won 11 of their last 12 games and meet the ninth-ranked Blue Devils today with the winner emerging with sole possession of first place in the ACC standings. Both teams have an identical 7-1 league record. Virginia’s only conference loss came at the hands of Duke 83-62 on Dec. 5 in Durham, while Duke lost to N.C. State 80-75 in overtime on Jan. 20 in Raleigh. Duke also has won five straight against Virginia.

This game will be a match-up of the league’s top two offensive teams. Duke and Virginia rank 1-2, respectively in scoring (75.8 to 75.7) and free throw percentage (.765 to .741).

In field goal percentage, Virginia leads the conference (.455) with Duke right behind (.451). Duke also leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.375) while Virginia ranks sixth (.316).

Since the Cavaliers played Duke in early December, the Cavaliers have have turned their season around. The last time the two teams met, Virginia was barely above the .500 mark at 3-2, but since that time are 12-2, including wins over ninth-ranked North Carolina and sixth-ranked N.C. State. The Cavaliers have won seven straight against ACC opponents.

This is the best start to an ACC season for the Cavaliers since 1996-97 season when they opened with a 7-1 conference record. That year, Virginia hosted league-leading North Carolina (8-0) in their next game, but lost 75-71. Virginia was ranked seventh at the time and the the Tar Heels ninth.

Virginia entered the polls this week for only the second time this season. The Cavaliers were ranked 25th in the preseason USA Today poll in November, but dropped out after their loss to St. Joseph’s 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.

Cavaliers need to crash the boards. The Blue Devils rank first in the conference in rebound margin (8.2) while the Cavaliers are seventh (-1.3).

#9 Duke (18-2, 7-1) at
#24/25 Virginia (15-5, 7-1)

Jan. 30, 2000 – noon
University Hall (8,457) – Charlottesville, Va.
Radio: WINA 1070 AM
TV: HTS/Fox Sports South

Probable Starters

F 15 Svetlana Volnaya (Minsk, Belarus) 6-1 Jr. 14.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F 20 Lisa Hosac (Littleton, Colo.) 6-2 Sr. 9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg
F 45 Schuye LaRue (Washington, D.C.) 6-3 Fr. 15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg
G 10 Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) 5-8 So. 11.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G 5 Renee Robinson (E. Palo Alto, Calif.) 5-6 Sr. 8.3 ppg, 5.2 apg

Key Reserves

G 12 Katie Tracy (Richmond, Va.) 5-5 Jr. 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
F 00 Dean’na Mitchelson (Bakersfield,Calif.) 6-2 Jr. 3.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F 33 Chalois Lias (Newport News, Va.) 6-1 Jr. 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
C 14 Elena Kravchenko (Minsk, Belarus) 6-10 Jr. 3.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Series with Duke
This game marks the 44th meeting between Duke and Virginia with the Cavaliers leading the series 31-12. Duke, however, has won the last five games and seven out of the last 10. Virginia has not won in Cameron Indoor Stadium in the last two tries.

Duke has won two straight in University Hall. The last Virginia victory over the Blue Devils in University Hall was on Jan. 6, 1997 when the Cavaliers posted a 62-55 win. Virginia is 16-3 vs. Duke in U-Hall.

How the Teams Match Up

Virginia Duke
Points 75.7 75.8
Points Allowed 67.2 54.3
Rebounds 36.2 39.4
Rebound Margin -1.3 +8.2
FG % .455 .451
FG% defense .385 .370
3-pt FG % .316 (102-323) .375 (112-299)
3-pt FG/game 5.1 5.6
FT % .741 .765
Assists 16.4 17.6
Turnovers 17.7 18.2
Blocks 3.5 2.6
Steals 9.5 12.2

Last Time Vs. Duke
Georgia Schweitzer scored a career-high 24 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 22 Duke beat Virginia 83-62 on Dec. 5 in Durham. Peppi Browne had 15 points, Lauren Rice a season-high 14 and Sheana Mosch 13 for Duke (6-1 overall, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was Duke’s second largest margin ever against Virginia, exceeded only by a 93-66 home win in 1998.

Telisha Quarles scored a career-high 17 and Schuye LaRue 12 to lead Virginia (3-3, 0-1).

Schweitzer scored 13 points in the final 8:28 of the first half to help Duke take a 41-23 halftime lead. The closest the Cavaliers could get the rest of the way was 63-52, on a baseline jumper by Chalois Lias with 8:27 to play.

Virginia missed nine of its last 11 shots from the floor, while the Blue Devils sank 12 of their final 13 free throws.

LaRue had eight first-half points for Virginia, but sat out most of the final nine minutes of the half after picking up her second foul. In her absence, Duke went on a 19-4 run that broke the game open, as Schweitzer hit two 3-pointers.

Schweitzer finished the game shooting eight for 12 from the floor, making four of her five 3-point attempts.

Free Throw Shooting Up in January
For the month of January, the starting five of Renee Robinson, Telisha Quarles, Lisa Hosac, Svetlana Volnaya and Schuye LaRue are shooting 83.0 percent from the charity stripe. Prior to January, this group only averaged 72.3 percent from the line.

Hosac leads this group with a sizzling 94.3 percent over the last month (33-35). She had a string of 14 straight going into Thursday’s game at Wake Forest and connected for two straight before ending the streak at 16 with a miss in the second half.

Crashing the Boards
The Cavaliers are 7-1 when they outrebound their opponents and 7-4 when they have less boards than the opponent.

The Cavaliers have been outrebounded in five of their last seven games and Head Coach Debbie put a challenge to the players prior to the Wake Forest game for players to step up their numbers on the glass. Telisha Quarles, Renee Robinson, Lisa Hosac and Schuye LaRue answered the challenge and between the four, accounted for 34 of the team’s 47 rebounds.

Virginia outrebounded Wake Forest 47-30 on Thursday for its largest rebounding margin of the season.

The Cavaliers were outrebounded 53-36 at sixth-ranked N.C. State but still won the game 80-73.

Volnaya Coming Through
In ACC games, Svetlana Volnaya leads the league in scoring, field goal percentage and and three-point field goal percentage and ranks sixth in free throw percentage. In the Cavaliers first game with Duke, Volnaya only played 11 minutes and scored five points. Since that game, she has averaged over 16 points per game.

Four Cavaliers Are ACC Leaders
A true sign that the team is one cohesive unit is when four individual players lead the ACC in four different stat categories. Virginia, historically known for its defense, has made a big splash on the offensive side of the ball.

Schuye LaRue leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.617), Svetlana Volnaya leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.458), Lisa Hosac leads the ACC in free throw percentage (.853) and Renee Robinson leads in assists (5.2 apg).

In scoring, LaRue ranks fifth (15.2 ppg) and Volnaya ranks sixth (14.6 ppg).

As a team, the Cavaliers lead the ACC in field goal percentage (.455) and rank second in scoring (75.7) and free throw percentage (.741).

Robinson Having a Great Year
With nine games remaining in the regular season, Renee Robinson already has 104 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 (5.2 apg) 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 8.3 points per game this season which is 5.3 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 Schuye’s 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 in Virginia history 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.

Robinson Moving On Up In Assists and Steals
Renee Robinson has 330 assists for her career which puts her in 8th place in Virginia history. She entered the season with 226 assists and with her 104 assists this season, she moved ahead of Melissa Mahony in eighth place. Below is ranking of Virginia’s 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) 330
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 188 career steals. Below is the ranking of Virginia’s 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) 188
10. Heather Burge (1990-93) 185

Ryan Holds Advantage vs. Current ACC Coaches
Debbie Ryan holds a 144-72 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 6-0

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.

Cavaliers On TV

Jan. 17 Virginia at N.C. State W, 80-73 (HTS, Fox Sports South)
Jan. 30 Duke at Virginia 12:00 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. (ESPN2)

all times are Eastern

The Cavalier’s record when they:

led at half-time 12-0
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% 9-5
shot less than 40% 2-2
opponent shot 50% or better 0-0
opponent shot less than 50% 15-5
opponent shot less than 40% 9-0
had higher FG% than opponent 13-3
had lower FG% than opponent 2-3
out-rebounded opponent 7-1
were out-rebounded by opponent 7-4
had same rebounds as opponent 1-0
had more offensive rebounds 6-2
had fewer offensive rebounds 8-2
had same offensive rebounds 1-1
had fewer turnovers than opponent 8-1
had more turnovers than opponent 5-3
had same amount of turnovers 2-1
shot more FTs than opponent 8-0
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 1-0
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 5-0
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. 11-1

Virginia’s record on:

Sunday 2-2
Monday 4-1
Tuesday 1-0
Wednesday 1-0
Thursday 5-0
Friday 1-1
Saturday 1-1

In the ACC In All Games
(stats as of 1-28-00)

Schuye LaRue

1st field goal percentage 61.7 % (129-209)
2nd blocks 1.2 bpg
4th scoring 15.2 ppg
7th rebounds 7.1 rpg

Lisa Hosac

1st free throw percentage 85.3% (58-68)

Chalois Lias

5th blocks 0.9 bpg

Renee Robinson

1st assists 5.2 apg
5th steals 2.5 spg

Telisha Quarles

9th assists 3.1 apg

Svetlana Volnaya

1st 3-pt FG percentage 45.8 % (33-72)
3rd free throw percentage 80.8% (59-73)
6th 3-pt FG/game 1.7
6th scoring 14.6 ppg


2nd scoring 75.7 ppg
6th scoring defense 67.2 ppg
3rd scoring margin 8.4
1st FG% 45.5%
5th FG% defense 38.5%
6th 3-pt FG% 31.6%
2nd FT% 74.1%
3rd blocked shots 3.5
7th steals 9.5
5th turnover margin 2.6
7th rebound margin -1.2
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)
ACC Rookie of the Week (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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