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Nov. 29, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team concludes its three-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 30 with Liberty at 7 p.m. at University Hall. Any fan who brings a new, unwrapped toy for Toy Lift 2004 will get into the game for $1.

The Cavaliers then travel to Chicagoland for the Mildred & Roger L. White Invitational, hosted by Northwestern. UVa tangles with Houston on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST). The Hoos then take on the host Wildcats on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST). WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the games live with Jed Williams calling the action and Anna Prillaman on color commentary.

The Cavaliers, under the guidance of head coach Debbie Ryan, stand 3-2 after Saturday’s 66-57 loss to Richmond. Senior Brandi Teamer leads the Cavaliers with 16.4 points per game and a team-best 8.8 rpg. Senior LaTonya Blue follows with 10.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg, while senior Jocelyn Logan-Friend adds 8.6 ppg and 2.0 bpg.

The Lady Flames, under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Carey Green, stand 1-1 after a 65-45 loss to Richmond on Nov. 23. Senior Katie Feenstra is the team’s leading scorer with 21.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg, while senior Rima Margeviciute adds 9.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

Virginia holds a 5-1 series edge over Liberty. In the teams’ last outing on Nov. 26, 2002 in Lynchburg, the Lady Flames picked up their their first series win with a 77-69 overtime victory.

The Lady Cougars, under the tutelage of seventh-year head coach Joe Curl, stand 5-0 after a 80-56 win over Middle Tennessee State on Sunday at its own Houston Classic. Senior Sancho Lyttle is the leading scorer with 22.8 ppg, while senior Daphne Andre follows with 13.4 ppg off the bench. Houston visits Purdue (Nov. 30) and Northwestern (Dec. 3) before playing Virginia.

This is the first meeting between Virginia and Houston in the sport of women’s basketball.

The Wildcats, under the helm of first-year head coach Beth Combs, stand 1-3 after a 118-49 loss to DePaul on Nov. 27. Junior Suzanne Morrison is the top scorer with 14.7 ppg, while senior Sarah Kwasinski adds 10.0 ppg. Northwestern plays Kentucky (Dec. 1) and Houston (Dec. 3) before hosting the Cavaliers.

Northwestern stands 1-0 against Virginia in series action. In the teams’ only meeting on Dec. 19, 1978 at Princeton’s Christmas Tournament, the Wildcats captured a 73-49 win. Ironically, that game was played during head coach Debbie Ryan’s second season as the Hoos’ leader.

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