Virginia Hosts Miami on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Feb. 3, 2007
Virginia entertains Miami on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. ACC Select will webcast the game live on the Internet.
UVa then hosts North Florida in the last non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at JPJA.
The Hurricanes, under the guidance of second-year head coach Katie Meier, stand 10-13 overall and 1-7 in ACC play after a 75-68 loss to Florida State on Feb. 1. Senior guard Renee Taylor is the team scoring leader with 19.5 ppg, while junior guard Maurita Reid follows with 14.7 ppg. Sophomore center Brittany Denson is third with 8.4 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rpg.
SERIES VS. HURRICANES
Virginia and Miami have only met four times in series history as the `Hoos lead 3-1. Last season, UVa picked up two wins, a 77-65 victory in Coral Gables in ACC regular-season play and an 83-72 decision in the WNIT second round which was the last game in University Hall. Guards Brenna McGuire and Sharneé Zoll led UVa with 16 points apiece. Zoll also dished out 11 assists for her third double-double of the season. With the victory, Virginia reached 20 wins for the 20th time under coach Debbie Ryan.
VIRGINIA ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Virginia has played on 10 previous Super Bowl Sundays, including six of the last seven. The Cavaliers stand 6-4 on the NFL’s biggest day.
This year, the UVa coaches and players are split on their loyalties for the game. Eleven, including head coach Debbie Ryan, are pulling for the Indianapolis Colts to win, while eight will be cheering for the Chicago Bears. Point guard Sharneé Zoll wants Indy to win, but says she loves Bears’ running back and UVa alum Thomas Jones (`99).
Perhaps the Cavaliers’ split decision relies heavily upon the fact that three former Cavaliers will be playing in the game. Jones and center John St. Clair (`99) play for the Bears, while wide receiver Terrence Wilkins (`98) plays for the Colts.
Virginia’s Results on Super Bowl Sunday
Jan. 21, 1979 #3 Maryland L 57-78Jan. 25, 1981 East Carolina L 78-84Jan. 28, 1996 at #18 Clemson L 45-57Jan. 31, 1999 #15 Clemson W 75-55Jan. 30, 2000 #9 Duke W 61-49Jan. 28, 2001 Wake Forest W 76-73 (2ot)Feb. 3, 2002 NC State W 61-57Jan. 26, 2003 Georgetown W 69-57Feb. 1, 2004 at Wake Forest W 62-61Feb. 5, 2006 at #6 Maryland L 71-85
Virginia may have dropped its fifth straight game, but the magical feeling at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday night told a different story. The Cavaliers fought hard throughout the game, holding No. 1 ranked Duke to well below its 27-point scoring margin throughout the game. The Blue Devils pulled away with the win at the end, 76-61.
Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) scored 16 of her career-high 28 points in the first stanza. Freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) added 12 points, while senior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) had seven points and eight boards. Junior Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) had seven points and a game-high nine assists. Duke out-rebounded UVa, 36-31.
IN THE STATISTICS
After 22 contests, sophomore Lyndra Littles leads the Cavaliers with 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Freshman Monica Wright follows with 13.9 ppg, while junior Sharneé Zoll adds 10.1 ppg and 127 assists.