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Jan. 6, 2006

This Week
Virginia opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Cavaliers then host NC State on Friday, Jan. 13. Tip-off at University Hall is set for 7 p.m. The Regional Sports Network- Fox Sports Net South, ComCast Sports Net, SunSports- will televise the game. UVa travels to longtime intra-state rival Virginia Tech on Monday, Jan. 16 for a 7 p.m. game at Cassell Coliseum. The game is the first competition for the women’s basketball teams in the Commonwealth Challenge.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles, under the guidance of ninth-year head coach Sue Semrau, stand 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the ACC after an 87-68 loss at No. 2 Duke on Jan. 5. Senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan paces the squad with 12.9 ppg, while junior guard Alicia Gladden adds 11.2 ppg. Freshman center Britany Miller chips in 10.3 ppg and a team-best 5.6 rpg.

Series vs. Seminoles
Virginia owns a 27-4 series edge over Florida State since the teams first met in 1990. Last season, UVa captured two wins, a 77-62 decision in Tallahassee and a 71-67 overtime win at the ACC Tournament.

In the Statistics
After 12 contests, junior Siedah Williams leads the Cavaliers with 11.9 points per game. Senior Tiffany Sardin follows with 10.9 ppg. Freshman Lyndra Littles adds 10.5 ppg and a team-best 8.5 rpg. Sophomore Sharneé Zoll leads UVa with 77 assists. UVa out-scores its opponents by +20.2 points and out-rebounds foes by +6.5 boards.

Best Start Since 1991-92
Virginia’s 11-1 start to the season is the squad’s best since the 1991-92 season when the Cavaliers opened with a 13-0 mark. Ironically, UVa advanced to the Final Four that year. The best opening to a season in school history was a 20-0 start in 1985-86.

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