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Oct. 23, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team was selected to finish second in the 2000-2001 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball pre-season poll that was announced at the annual ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day. Duke received 34 of the 36 first place votes and 322 total points to finish first in the preseason poll. The Cavaliers received two first place votes and a total of 278 points to finish second.

Virginia returns three starters and the team’s top three scorers from last year’s squad that won the ACC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 12th time in school history. The Cavaliers won 18 of the last 21 regular season games in 1999-2000 and Debbie Ryan earned her seventh ACC Coach of the Year Award. Schuye LaRue led the team in scoring and rebounding and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned All-ACC Second-Team honors. Svetlana Volnaya was named to the All-ACC First-Team.

The Cavaliers open the 2000-2001 season as a participant in the 16-team Preseason National Invitation Tournament. Virginia will host Mt. St. Mary’s in the first round game on November 10. The Cavaliers will open the ACC season at Wake Forest on December 9.


1. Duke (34) 3222. Virginia (2) 2783. N.C. State 2324. North Carolina 2065. Clemson 1746. Georgia Tech 1487. Maryland 1208. Florida State 829. Wake Forest 46

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