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Nov. 22, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Cavalier Wendy Palmer (1993-96) will meet fans and sign autographs prior to the women’s basketball home opener against Delaware State on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Palmer will be available on the University Hall concourse beginning at 6 p.m. Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m.

An eight-year pro veteran who plays with the Connecticut Sun, Palmer was named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player last season. Palmer scored in double figures on 14 different occasions for Connecticut in 2004, and averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds – up from 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds a year ago. She was the fourth leading scorer for the Sun and the second leading rebounder, almost doubled her assist output, doubled her steals per game, and increased her field goal percentage to 42.7 percent, up from 39.5 percent a year ago.

While at Virginia, Palmer became the first women’s player in school history to record over 1,000 points, and 1,000 rebounds in her career. The two-time Kodak All-American also earned ACC Player of the Year honors twice and was a three-time All-ACC first-team selection. Palmer is just one of four Virginia women to have her jersey number retired.

Prior to the St. Francis game on Dec. 21, Palmer’s Sun teammate and former UConn standout Nekesha Sales will meet Virginia fans and sign autographs. Immediately after the game UVA players Jocelyn Logan-Friend (Cheverly, Md.) and Kate Kreager (Oak Hill, Va.) will speak to all youth in attendance as part of the “Bring Your A Game” promotion; designed to reward local youth for outstanding performance in the class room.

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