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April 24, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team has added one more player to the roster as head coach Debbie Ryan announced that Cherrise Graham has joined the Cavaliers after transferring from Purdue University. Graham, a 5-7 guard from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, is one of six newcomers on the Virginia basketball team. Virginia signed LaTonya Blue, Jocelyn Logan-Friend, Bethany LeSueur, Lynette O’Reggio, and Brandi Teamer this fall.

Graham was a First-Team Parade All-American at Archbishop Carroll High School and was ranked as the No. 4 senior prospect by Blue Star in 2000. She also earned Street & Smith First-Team All-American honors and was a Nike/WBCA All-American. A second-team USA Today All-American, Graham averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior and led Archbishop Carroll to it first Philadelphia Catholic League championship since 1979. In the title game, Graham scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Cardinal O’Hara.

Graham was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania in 2000 , and earned Philadelphia Inquirer Main Line and Delaware County Player of the Year honors. A quick guard with outstanding offensive and defensive skills, she graduated as the all-time leading female scorer in Archbishop Carroll history and had her No. 45 retired. Graham averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game during her high school career.

Virginia finished the 2000-01 season with an 18-14 record and received its 18th consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers were eliminated from the tournament after an 81-71 overtime loss to the University of Michigan in the first round.

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