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March 3, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 seed Virginia Cavaliers open play at the 28th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, March 5 against No. 4 seed Florida State at 2 p.m. The Regional Sports Network (Comcast Sports Net, Fox Sports Net South, Sunshine Network) will televise the game live.

The winner advances to Sunday’s semifinal contest at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. The championship game is slated for Monday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. All games will be played at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast each UVa game live with Jed Williams calling the action and Myron Ripley on color commentary.

All-ACC honoree senior LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) leads the Cavaliers, coached by Debbie Ryan, with 12.5 points per game each, while senior Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill. ) follows with 12.2 ppg. Senior Jocelyn Logan-Friend (Cheverly, Md.) adds 9.0 ppg and a team-best 6.8 rpg. Sophomore Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) contributes 6.7 ppg and a team-best 54 treys. UVa out-scores its opponents by +6.5 points and out-rebounds foes by +5.3 boards.

The No. 4 seed Seminoles, under the guidance of eighth-year head coach Sue Semrau, finished the regular season at 23-6 overall and 9-5 in the ACC following a 51-49 win at Georgia Tech. Roneeka Hodges leads the FSU scoring attack with 18.7 ppg, while Alicia Gladden follows with 12.0 ppg and a team-best 6.4 rpg. Ganiyat Adeduntan adds 11.6 ppg.

Virginia holds a 26-4 series advantage over Florida State since the teams first met in 1990. The Cavaliers and Seminoles have met twice in ACC tourney action. In 1996, top-seeded Virginia claimed a 68-46 win over the No. 9 seed Seminoles. In 2001, N. 4 seed FSU picked up a 83-77 win over No. 5 seed Virginia. The teams only met once during the 2005 regular season with UVa upsetting No. 24/19 Florida State, 77-62 in Tallahassee on Jan. 31.

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