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Jan. 2, 2006

This Week
Virginia opens 2006 with a very busy week. UVa travels to Marquette for a 7 p.m. CST game on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Al McGuire Center.

UVa opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.

Scouting Marquette
The Golden Eagles, under the guidance of 10th-year head coach Terri Mitchell, stand 10-1 overall and 1-0 in Big East play after an 82-57 win over Rice on Dec. 30 and are riding an eight-game winning streak. Junior forward Christina Quaye paces the squad with 14.8 ppg, while junior forward Jasmine McCullough adds 12.5 ppg and a team-best 6.6 rpg.

Series vs. Golden Eagles
This is the first meeting between Virginia and Marquette in the sport of women’s basketball.

Brenna McGuire to Play in Arena Named after Grandfather, Legend Al McGuire
Virginia’s trip to Marquette this week will have additional significance for junior guard Brenna McGuire. For the first time, she will play in the arena named for her grandfather- the late legendary coach Al McGuire- as the Golden Eagles play their home games in the $31-million, 120,000-square foot Al McGuire Center which opened in October of 2003. One of the all-time greats of the college coaching profession, Al McGuire is the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 295-80. He led Marquette to the national title in 1977, second place in 1974 and a NIT championship in 1970. His teams were in 11 consecutive post-season tournaments and ranked in the top 10 nearly every season. His last 11 Marquette teams won at least 21 games including his 1970 -71 unit that posted a glittering 28-1 ledger. He earned numerous coaching honors at Marquette, including 1974 Coach of The Year honors from AP, UPI, The Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers. In addition, he coached 12 All-Americans while at Marquette from 1964-1977. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1997, MU retired number 77, symbolic of the season of the program’s national title and the year that represented his last year of coaching. He was inducted into the Marquette Hall of Fame in 1980. Born in Milwaukee, Brenna will be the second member of the McGuire family to play on the hardwood at Marquette. Her father Alfred played for his father at Marquette from 1969-73.

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