Virginia Hosts Florida State in Home Finale on Sunday at JPJA
Feb. 16, 2007
Florida State (18-8, 7-4 ACC)
at Virginia (15-11, 4-7 ACC)
Fan Appreciation Day
Virginia returns to John Paul Jones Arena for its home regular-season finale against Florida State on Sunday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The Senior Class will be honored in a pregame ceremony. In honor of Fan Appreciation Day, the first 1,000 fans will receive a free scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream prior to tip-off.
The Cavaliers close out the regular-season with two road games. The first stop is Georgia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE
The Seminoles, under the guidance of 10th-year head coach Sue Semrau, stand 18-8 overall and 7-4 in ACC play after a 74-60 loss to No. 6 Maryland on Feb. 15. Senior guard Alicia Gladden leads FSU with 14.1 ppg. Sophomore center Britany Miller follows with 12.0 ppg and a team-best 6.0 rpg, while junior guard Shante Williams is third with 8.9 ppg.
SERIES VS. SEMINOLES
Virginia leads Florida State in series history, 27-7. On Jan. 28 in Tallahassee, UVa dropped a 63-47 decision at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
FSU opened the game with a 6-0 run before UVa made its first bucket. Virginia held a one-point advantage at intermission, 28-27.
In the second half, FSU netted the first five points, holding Virginia to just two buckets over a seven-minute span. The Seminoles then went on an 11-2 run to go ahead by nine, 45-36, and continued to build their lead into double digits. UVa scored just 19 points in the second half.
Sophomore Lyndra Littles netted her 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Paulisha Kellum came off the bench for 10 points, eight in the second half alone. Senior Siedah Williams grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds. Overall, UVa out-rebounded State, 44-40.
Virginia will honor its Senior Class prior to Sunday’s game. During their careers, guard Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) and center Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio), along with managers Andrew Sensi, Brandy McDaniel, and Shanice Harrison, have been a part of a 69-50 (.579) overall record, 23 ACC wins, two postseason appearances, and head coach Debbie Ryan’s 600th career win.
A 6-1 guard, McGuire will finish her career ranked No. 2 on UVa’s career list for three-point baskets. Named the ACC Player of the Week on Dec. 18, 2006, McGuire has earned several team awards, including the Bob Williams Award for outstanding athletic and academic performances, the Most Improved Player, and the Pre-Season Conditioning award. She will graduate in May with a degree in sociology.
A 6-2 center, Williams is a two-time team captain. An ACC Honor Roll recipient, she is a two-time recipient of the team’s Unsung Hero Award. As a junior, Williams was named to the Cavalier Classic All-Tournament Team. She will graduate in May with a degree in anthropology.
Head manager Sensi is in his second year with the Cavaliers. He is responsible for training the managers and travelling with the team. A native of Fairfax, Va., he will graduate with a degree in economics in May, two semesters early.
A native of Shenandoah, Va., McDaniel is in her second season with the ‘Hoos. She will receive her degree in psychology with a minor in biology.
A native of Washington, D.C., Harrison is in her first year with UVa. She will receive her degree in psychology.
Virginia captured a point in the Commonwealth Challenge with a 79-76 win at intra-state rival Virginia Tech on Thursday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
Sophomore Lyndra Littles (Washington, D.C.) paced the Cavaliers with 24 points. Freshman Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) followed with 16 points, while senior Siedah Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) added 12 points. Freshman Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) came off the bench for 10 points. Junior Sharneé Zoll (Marlboro, N.J.) dished out a game-high 10 assists, the eighth time she netted double-digit assists in her career. With her only three of the game, senior Brenna McGuire (Winchester, Mass.) moved into second place on Virginia’s career list for three-point baskets.
Sixty of the Cavaliers’ 79 points were scored in the paint. Overall, UVa out-rebounded Tech, 31-30. Both teams shot 65 percent in the second half and over 50 percent for the game. The Cavaliers did not reach the free throw line until the final six minutes of action.
IN THE STATISTICS
After 26 contests, sophomore Lyndra Littles leads the Cavaliers with 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Freshman Monica Wright follows with 14.7 ppg, while junior Sharneé Zoll adds 10.2 ppg and 157 assists.