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April 5, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s basketball player Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) has decided to forego entering the 2002 WNBA Draft so that she may complete her academic obligations at the University of Virginia, the senior announced on Friday.

The 5-8 guard will graduate in August with a degree in anthropology.

Quarles will then make herself available for the WNBA Draft in the spring of 2003.

“I look forward to receiving my prestigious degree from the University of Virginia,” Quarles said. “It will only help me in the future. I also plan to pursue a basketball career overseas in the fall before trying out for the WNBA next spring. That experience will only enhance my game.”

Last season, Quarles was named to the All-ACC second team after helping UVA to a third-place finish in the ACC standings. Earning Richmond Times-Dispatch Va. all-state Honorable Mention honors and ACC All-Tournament Second Team accolades, Quarles was the only senior on youthful Cavalier squad with playing experience.

The guard finished her career ranked No. 13 in scoring (1,323), No. 2 in three-pointers (187), and No. 11 in steals (181). In her final season, Quarles led the Hoos in scoring with 15.7 ppg.

Additionally, Quarles was named the Fox Sports Net South Player of the Game for her 20-point performance in the win over Maryland. She also earned ACC Player of the Week for the third time of her career on Feb. 18 after helping UVa to three ACC wins in seven days.

The 2002 WNBA Draft will be held on Friday, April 19. Fans can watch the draft live on ESPN2 from the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J.

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