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Jan. 27, 2006

This Week
Virginia returns home to host Florida State on National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Jan. 29. Tip-off at University Hall is set for 1 p.m. All girls (aged eighth grade and younger) will receive FREE admission to the game. The Regional Sports Network- Fox Sports Net South, Comcast Sports Net, SunSports- will televise the game live.

UVa then host intra-state rival Virginia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at University Hall. This is the second and final competition between 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 11-7 overall and 2-3 in ACC play after a 68-51 loss at No. 4/3 North Carolina on Jan. 22. Junior guard Alicia Gladden paces the squad with 12.1 ppg, while senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan adds 11.8 ppg. Freshman center Britany Miller follows 10.4 ppg and a team-best 5.6 rpg.

Series vs. Seminoles
Virginia has a 27-5 series advantage over Florida State since the teams first met in 1977. Last season each squad claimed a victory on its home court. UM won 63-60 in College Park, while UVa claimed a 63-61 win in Charlottesville.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Virginia celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Jan. 29 during the Florida State game.

In 1981, the NCAA started sponsorship of a national championship for women, taking over the governance of women’s athletics, including the collegiate national championships, from the AIAW. This academic year is the 25th anniversary of that date. Virginia has had five women’s teams win an NCAA national championship- Cross country (1981, 1982) and Lacrosse (1991, 1993, 2004)- in those 25 years. In addition, five crews- Varsity IV (2004, 2005) and II Varsity eight (1998, 1999, 2005)- and swimmer Cara Lane (2000, 2001) have won individual titles.

All of Virginia’s 13 women’s teams have participated in the NCAA Championships, from cross country winning the inaugural NCAA title in that sport to two runner-up finishes in 2005 (rowing, lacrosse).

In honor of the NCAA’s 25th anniversary of women’s championships, UVa will honor one current or former player from each of Virginia’s 13 sports at halftime.

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