Virginia Hosts Marriott Cavalier Classic
Dec. 22, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team hosts its own Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28-29. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, James Madison and American tangle in the the first game at 4:30 p.m., while UVa takes on Albany at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Third Place game is slated for 4:30 p.m. with the Championship game tipping around 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers then open the new year with South Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m. at University Hall. WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast all games live with Jed Williams calling the action and Myron Ripley on color commentary.
The Cavaliers, under the guidance of head coach Debbie Ryan, stand 7-3 after 84-50 win over St. Francis on Dec. 21. Senior Brandi Teamer leads the Cavaliers with 15.5 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. Senior Jocelyn Logan-Friend follows with 10.3 ppg and a team-best 8.1 rebounds per game., while senior LaTonya Blue adds 10.0 ppg. Ryan needs just two wins to reach 600 career wins.
The Great Danes, under the helm of third-year head coach Trina Patterson (Virginia `87), stand 4-3 after a 83-77 loss at Colgate on Dec. 11. Senior Danielle Hutcheson is the team leader with 14.9 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Senior Maree Jones adds 14.3 ppg, while junior Jen Schumacher follows with 13.9 ppg. Senior Alicia Learn rounds out the double-figure scoring with 11.6 ppg. This is the first meeting between Albany and Virginia in the sport of women’s basketball.
The Eagles, under the guidance of first-year head coach Melissa McFerrin, stand 5-3 after a 67-49 loss at Maryland-Baltimore County on Dec. 11. Senior Joanna Barnes is the team leader with 14.4 ppg, while senior Chanel Hunt adds 12.5 ppg. Virginia holds a 3-1 series advantage over American since the teams first met in 1981. The Cavaliers claimed wins in the first three outings, while the Eagles won the last meeting, 69-62, on Nov. 24, 1996.
The Dukes, under the guidance of third-year head coach Kenny Brooks, stand 6-1 after a 69-48 win over Norfolk State on Dec. 21. Sophomore Lesley Dickinson and freshman Tamera Young are the team leaders with 15.1 ppg each, while sophomore Meredith Alexis rounds out the double-digit scoring with 12.3 ppg. Virginia stands 12-4 against James Madison in series history. Riding a three-game series win streak, the Cavaliers captured the win in the teams’ last outing on Dec. 9, 1989, 67-55 in Harrisonburg.
The Gamecocks, under the guidance of ninth-year head coach Susan Walvius, stand 3-6 after a 66-40 win Birmingham Southern on Dec. 20. Sophomore Lauren Simms is the team leader with 15.8 ppg, while sophomore Stacy Booker adds 10.1 ppg. South Carolina plays South Carolina State (Dec. 22), and participates in its own tournament (Dec. 29-30) before visiting Virginia. Virginia is 2-1 against South Carolina in series action since 1981. In the teams’ last meeting on Dec. 21, 1985, UVa captured a 85-58 win at University Hall.