Virginia Stomps EA Sports, 85-55
Nov. 13, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team rolled to an 85-55 win over EA Sports in exhibition action on Sunday at University Hall.
The Cavaliers held the squad of former collegiate players to 55 points, its lowest during its 10-game tour to date.
“It was good to get out in front of some fans,” said coach Debbie Ryan. “The first half I thought we played good defense. I wanted to see what our execution looked like and how we meshed.”
In the first half, Virginia jumped out a 5-0 lead as junior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) knocked in her trademark three and lay-up. The Cavaliers built their lead to 20 points by intermission, 38-18.
In the second half, UVa continued to pull ahead by as many as 29 points, 53-27, before winning by 30.
Lone senior Tiffany Sardin (Chicago, Ill.) paced UVa with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. McGuire finished with 17 points, including four treys.
“We worked hard in the pre-season, and it’s time. We’re ready to play,” Sardin said. “Every game we have to play hard.”
Freshman Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) came off the bench for 17 points and six boards. Junior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and sophomore Takisha Granberry (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 points each.
“Lyndra’s going to be a great player,” Ryan said of the freshman. “She’s picked up things fairly quickly.”
Forward Shanika Freeman (Jacksonville State) led EA Sports with 12 points. Forward Courtney McDaniel (Tennessee) was the only other player in double digits with 10 points.
Virginia opens the 2005-06 season on Friday, Nov. 18 at George Washington. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Cavaliers return to University Hall on Sunday, Nov. 20 for their home opener with Wright State at 2 p.m.
1 2 - FinalEA Sports (0-10) 18 37 - 55Virginia (0-0, 0-0 ACC) 38 47 85