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Dec. 2, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Chicagoland for the Mildred & Roger L. White Invitational, hosted by Northwestern. UVa tangles with No. 24 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 4-2 after Tuesday’s 67-58 win over Liberty. Senior Brandi Teamer leads the Cavaliers with 15.7 points per game and a team-best 8.2 rpg. Senior LaTonya Blue follows with 10.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg, while senior Jocelyn Logan-Friend adds 8.8 ppg and 2.0 bpg.

The No. 24 Lady Cougars, under the tutelage of seventh-year head coach Joe Curl, stand a perfect 6-0 after a 63-60 win at No. 14/13 Purdue on Tuesday. 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 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 1-4 after a 70-63 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 1. Junior Suzanne Morrison and senior Sarah Kwasinski lead the team in scoring with 10.0 ppg each. Northwestern plays 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.

It’s taken four seasons, but senior Brandi Teamer will return to the state of Illinois this week to play before her hometown crowd. A native of the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Teamer attended Joliet HS for three years. Also returning home to Chicago is junior Tiffany Sardin, a graduate of John Marshall HS.

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