Women's Basketball Signs Five All-Americans in Early Period
Nov. 22, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team has received five National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Debbie Ryan announced on Monday.
Lindsay Hayward (Rocklin, Calif.), Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.), Britnee Millner (Martinsville, Va.), Abby Robertson (Springfield, Va.), and Enonge Stovall (Philadelphia, Pa.) will attend UVa and play basketball for the Cavaliers next season.
Hayward, a 6-9 center from Rocklin H.S., is a two-time Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American. She averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game. Hayward tied the school record with 59 blocked shots in a season. She is tied with nine others as the tallest woman in the world, according to www.tallwomen.org.
“Lindsay is a 6-9 post player from the Sacramento area,” Ryan said. “The first thing that strikes you is how tall she is. She finishes well around the basket and also steps out into the 15-foot range to score. Lindsay will obviously alter a lot of shots during her career.”
Littles, a 6-1 power forward from Archbishop Carroll H.S. , is rated the 25th best player in the country by All-Game Sports. A Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, she has scored more than 1,000 career points. She was listed as a stock rising by USA Today after the All-Game Sports All-American Camp. Littles had a fantastic summer and is one of three players considered for Sleeper of the Year by Superscout Scouting Service. She averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“Lyndra is a post who’s a little undersized, but she’s extremely athletic,” Ryan said. “She’s a powerful player who has rebounding skills like (former Cavalier) Wendy Palmer and ball skills like a guard.”
Millner, a 5-10 guard from the Carlisle School, is rated as one of the Top 25 guards in the country by All-Star Girls’ Report. A Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, four-year starter, and first-team All-Conference honoree, she led the Carlisle Chiefs to the VISGBA Division III State Championship last season. She also was named VISGBA Division III Player of the Year. Millner averaged 14.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 5.0 steals and 3.4 blocked shots per game as a sophomore when she was named the Timesland Sizzlin’ Sophomore of the Year by the Roanoke Times. She is also a U-18 AAU All-American.
“Britnee is a very athletic combo guard,” Ryan said. “She scores, she defends, and she’s a very physical player.”
Robertson,a 6-3 post player from Lake Braddock H.S., is rated the 38th best player in country by All-Star Girls’ Report (12th best center) and 42nd by Blue Star Index. She made the Olympic Festival team and attended the Nike All-American Camp. Robertson averaged 23 ppg and 11 rpg. She has scored over 1,200 points in her career. A two-time Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American, Robertson also earned second team all-state, first-team all-region and all-district honors. She was the District Player of the Year.
“Abby is one of the top players in the state of Virginia and the top post in the country,” Ryan said. “She finishes well around the basket, and she runs the floor extremely well for a post player.”
Stovall, a 5-11 wing from Archbishop Carroll HS., is rated the 40th best player in the country by Blue Star Index and 46th by All-Star Girls’ Report. An honorable mention All-American selection by Street & Smith’s, Stovall was also a first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Girls’ Basketball Team by the Philadelphia Inquirer. She attended the Nike All-American camp. Stovall picked Virginia over Connecticut and Syracuse. As a junior, she averaged 11 points, 1.7 blocks, and 3.5 steals a game.
“Enonge comes from a very athletic family,” Ryan said. “Her brother plays football at Notre Dame. Enonge is a very athletic guard. She will probably be one of the best defensive athletic guards in the country. She adds a lot of our program.”
Overall, Virginia’s 2005 recruiting class is rated the 16th best in the country by Blue Star Index.
“Our incoming class should make a huge impact on our program immediately,” Ryan concluded.
The Cavaliers (2-1) host Delaware State (1-0) in the home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at University Hall. Former Cavalier and WNBA playere Wendy Palmer (1993-96) will meet fans and sign autographs prior to the game.
2005 VIRGINIA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Player Ht. Pos. Hometown High School PPG APGLindsay Hayward 6-9 C Rocklin, Calif. Rocklin 10.0 11.0Lyndra Littles 6-1 F Washington, D.C. Archbishop Carroll 20.0 10.0Britnee Millner 5-10 G Martinsville, Va. Carlisle School 14.4 7.1Abby Robertson 6-3 C Springfield, Va. Lake Braddock 23.0 11.0Enonge Stovall 5-11 G/F Philadelphia, Pa. Archbishop Carroll 11.0 1.7 blocks