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Nov. 14, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team fell to the Premier Players in exhibition action on Friday, 88-81, at University Hall.

“I was very disappointed in the defensive part, but that was my fault,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “We really didn’t get into a rhythm. I wasn’t playing to win in the first half. I wanted to see what we had (personnel-wise).”

In the first half, the teams traded baskets until the 10-minute mark. The Premier Players slowly built up a 15-point lead, 44-29 with 3:46 to go. The Players led at intermission, 49-38.

In the second half, the Players led by as many as 18 points until Virginia whittled away to come within three points with less than a minute to play. The Cavs just couldn’t get over the hump.

Junior Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) paced the Cavaliers with 35 points and 17 rebounds. Freshman Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) was the only other player in double figures with 10 points.

“Brandi played like a woman possessed,” Ryan said. “She did a great job on the boards. Brandi’s performance was stellar.”

“Tonight I just tried to set an example,” Teamer said. “(The freshmen) helped us out tremendously. They’re a good mix and have learned the system very quickly. They’ll be very effective this year.”

Overall, UVa out-rebounded PP, 57-40.

“We were extremely nervous,” said freshman Alisa Wulff (Pickering, Ont.), who started the game. “We made mistakes. Hopefully we’ll be able to compete.”

“We are a good shooting team, and we’ll show that later on,” Ryan added.

The No. 25/24 Cavaliers open the 2004 season on Friday, Nov. 21 with UNC Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at University Hall.


			1	2	-	FinalPremier Players (6-4)	49	39	-	88Virginia 		38	43	-	81
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