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Dec. 1, 2006

Virginia opens the month of December at home on Saturday, Dec. 2 with Seton Hall at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers then travel to Marshall on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for a 7 p.m. game at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Pirates, under the guidance of 22nd-year head coach Phyllis Mangina, stand 5-2 after a 59-53 win at Hartford on Nov. 29. Senior guard Heta Korpivaara and senior forward Monique Blake are the team scoring leaders with 12.4 ppg each. Blake also grabs a team-best 9.1 rpg.

Virginia stands 1-0 against Seton Hall. The teams met for the first time last season with UVa claiming a 59-39 win in East Orange, N.J. In that game, Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) led UVa with 14 points each, while Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. SHU out-rebounded UVa, 38-37. Virginia forced 25 turnovers.

Virginia rallied to beat Temple, coached by former UVa All-American Dawn Staley, 71-65, at the John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday. Freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) finished with a career-high 26 points. Sophomore Lyndra Littles netted her third consecutive double-double (fifth of the season/10th of career) with 18 points and a career-best 13 rebounds. Junior Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) finished with 12 points and eight assists.

Overall, Virginia out-rebounded Temple, 38-36. UVa forced 19 turnovers while committing only 10. Temple shot 44 percent (24-54) from the field, while UVa shot 39 percent (39-74), marking the first time this season that Virginia has won a game when out-shot by an opponent.

After seven contests, sophomore Lyndra Littles leads the Cavaliers with 16.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Freshman Monica Wright follows with 13.1 ppg, while junior Sharneé Zoll adds 10.9 ppg and 37 assists. UVa out-scores its opponents by +9.3 points and out-rebounds its foes by +3.0 boards.

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