Virginia Falls to Ekateringburg, 89-70
Nov. 16, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball fell to UMMC Ekateringburg, 89-70, in exhibition action at University Hall on Tuesday.
“They were very, very big,” said UVa head coach Debbie Ryan. “We weren’t recovering fast enough. I was disappointed in our effort and execution.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers led by as many as six, 18-12 with 12:49 on the clock. The Russians chipped away to hold a four-point advantage, 40-36, at intermission.
In the second half, Ekateringburg burst out of the locker room on a 13-4 run to go ahead by 15 points, 57-42. UVa rallied, cutting the lead to seven, 60-53 with 13:00, but that’s as close as the Cavaliers would get. The Russians pushed their lead to 22 points and finished with the 19-point win.
Senior Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) paced UVa with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Kate Kreeager (Oak Hill, Va.) came off the bench for 12 points, while freshman point guard Sharnee Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) finished with 10 points.
Guard Iziane Castro Marques led all players with 33 points, 19 of which came in the first half.Lioubov Smorodina added 17 points, while Marina Khazova had 11.
Overall, Virginia out-rebounded UMMC Ekateringburg, 44-42.
“We didn’t play very good defensively,” Ryan continued. “We needed to play better tonight. We have a long way to go, and we’ll start tomorrow.”
Virginia travels to Cleveland State on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The Cavaliers return home to University Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 23 for 7 p.m. contest with Delaware State.
1 2 - FinalEkateringburg 40 49 - 89Virginia 36 34 - 70