Virginia Hosts #6 Maryland During National Girls & Women in Sports Day Celebration on Sunday
Feb. 9, 2007
Virginia hosts No. 6 Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Net South, Comcast Sports Net, SunSports, and New England Sports Network) will televise the game.
UVa then travels to intra-state rival Virginia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 15 for a 7 p.m. game. ACC Select will webcast the game live on the Internet.
PROMOTIONS FOR MARYLAND GAME
In conjunction with its National Girls & Women in Sports Day celebration, Virginia will offer fans a variety of giveaways. The first 100 fans through the arena doors will receive a commemorative t-shirt, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, while the first 2,000 fans will receive Virginia backpacks.
Following the game, teams from Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation will participate in a basketball knockout competition on the arena court.
The No. 6 and defending national champion Terrapins, under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Brenda Frese, stand 23-3 overall and 7-3 in ACC play after a 78-59 win against Virginia Tech on Feb. 8. Junior center Crystal Langhorne leads five Terps in double-figure scoring with 14.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while sophomore guard Marissa Coleman follows with 12.6 ppg. Senior guard Shay Doron is third with 12.0 ppg.
SERIES VS. TERRAPINS
Virginia leads Maryland in series history, 40-26. On Jan. 19 in College Park, UVa dropped a 95-68 decision at then-No. 3 Maryland at the Comcast Center.
Virginia led early, 6-4, before Maryland 14-0 run to go ahead by 12 points, 18-6. UVa came within seven points, but the Terrapins closed out the stanza with a 13-0 run. UM held a 15-point edge at halftime, 42-27.
In the second half, Maryland pushed its lead to as many as 28 points. Uva cut the lead to 20, but couldn’t recover.
Sophomore Lyndra Littles paced the Cavaliers with a then-career-high 23 points. Senior Siedah Williams followed with 12 points, while freshmen Monica Wright and Paulisha Kellum added 10 points each. Junior Sharneé Zoll dished out a season-high 11 assists. Overall, UM out-rebounded UVa, 49-32.
VIRGINIA TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY ON FEB. 11 VS. MARYLAND
Virginia will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Feb. 11. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the UVa Athletics Family.” Sets of sisters who have represented Virginia will be honored during halftime. Expected to participate are:
Basketball: Heidi Burge Horton, Heather Burge Quella Field Hockey: Michelle Vizzuso Crawford, Lorraine Vizzuso Castle Golf: Ashley Mayo, Kira Mayo Lacrosse: Julie Williams Martin, Susie Williams Trautwein Rowing: Beth Clark, Tammy Clark Mehta Soccer: Kristin DiMillio, Tracey DiMillio Softball: Kristen Dennis, Lauren Dennis Swimming: Margaret Martin Williamson, Maureen Martin Smith, Julie Elizabeth Martin Tennis: Cheri O'Donnell Downing, Keri O'Donnell Nimitz Volleyball: Emily Kirkwood, Sarah Kirkwood
During their Cavalier tenure, the Burge twins helped UVa to three consecutive Final Four appearances, three ACC regular-season titles, and three ACC Tournament Championships.
Heather Burge Quella (1990-93), rhetoric & communication studies, was a two-time Academic All-American and three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member. The 1993 ACC Player of the Year stands No. 2 on UVa’s all-time scoring list with 2,058 career points. Heather retired from playing professional basketball on June 1, 2001, after 11 months of playing for the ESBVA French team outside of Lille, France. She teaches Spanish to eighth graders and received a master’s in adaptive physical education. Heather lives in San Pedro, Calif., with her husband Darren Quella and infant son Joshua.
Heidi Burge Horton (1990-93), Spanish & drama, was a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She stands No. 17 on the career scoring list with 1,191 career points. Heidi played two-and-a-half seasons in the WNBA. She played with the Los Angeles Sparks in 1997 and the Washington Mystics in 1998 and 1999. Due to a back injury, she retired from professional basketball in January 2000 and is currently living in Houston, Texas. Heidi works as a massage therapist out of a private studio and also works “Hoops-school.com” basketball camps and clinics with Dena Evans. She is married to Patrick Lee Horton. The couple has two children- son Jonathan (3 1/2) and daughter Holly (1).
Virginia won its second consecutive game with a 90-57 non-conference win over North Florida at John Paul Jones Arena on Feb. 6.
Six Cavaliers, including all five starters. scored in double figures, led by freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) with 20 points. Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) followed with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season (16th of her career). Senior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) had 14 points, including four buckets from long range. Senior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) followed with 13 points and 10 boards, notching her fifth double-double of the season (ninth of her career). Junior Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) and freshman Jayna Hartig (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added 10 points each.
Zoll also dished out six assists, pushing her over 500 for her career. She became the fifth Cavalier to reached 500 career assists and now has 503 assists in 88 games to stand fifth on the all-time list.
Overall, Virginia out-rebounded North Florida, 50-24. The Cavaliers shot a season-high 91 percent (21-23) from the free throw line.
IN THE STATISTICS
After 24 contests, sophomore Lyndra Littles leads the Cavaliers with 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Freshman Monica Wright follows with 14.4 ppg, while junior Sharneé Zoll adds 10.2 ppg and 143 assists.