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March 12, 2002

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) has been named the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Player of the Year for the state of Virginia, the newspaper announced in its Tuesday edition.

The 6-0 forward became the first freshman to covet the state’s highest honor in the eight-year history of the award. She also became the third Cavalier to earn the honor, joining Wendy Palmer (1995) and Renee Robinson (2000).

Head coach Debbie Ryan, celebrating her 25th season with the Cavaliers, earned her second Times-Dispatch state Coach of the Year accolade. She also garnered the award in 2000.

Named to the state honorable mention team was senior Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.). The 5-8 guard is the Cavalier scoring leader and the sole senior with playing experience on the youthful UVa squad.

In NCAA First Round action, the No. 8 seed Cavaliers battle No. 9 seed Iowa on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. Top seed and host Connecticut entertains No. 16 seed St. Francis at 1:30 p.m. The winners meet in Second Round action on Monday, March 18 at 9 p.m. on ESPN. All games will be played at UConn’s Gampel Pavilion.

2002 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-StateWomen’s Basketball Teams


All-State Team
Lucienne Berthieu, Old Dominion
Michele Koclanes, Richmond
Kristine Austgulen, Va. Commonwealth
Ieva Kublina, Virginia Tech
Brandi Teamer, Virginia

Honorable Mention
Hamchetou Maiga, Old Dominion
Telisha Quarles, Virginia
Suawana Taylor, Norfolk State
Okeisha Howard, Old Dominion

Players of the Year
1995: Wendy Palmer, Virginia
1996: Ticha Penicheiro, ODU
1997: Ticha Penicheiro, ODU
1998: Nyree Roberts, ODU
1999: Lisa Witherspoon, Va. Tech
2000: Renee Robinson, Virginia
2001: Tere Williams, Va. Tech
2002: Brandi Teamer, Virginia

Coaches of the Year
1995: Susan Walvius, VCU
1997: Wendy Larry, ODU
1998: Rick Reeves, Liberty
1999: Bonnie Henrickson, Va. Tech
2000: Debbie Ryan, Virginia
2001: Carey Green, Liberty
2002: Debbie Ryan, Virginia

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