Women's Basketball Falls in Exhibition, 88-81
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.
“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