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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia women’s basketball team opens the 2010-11 season Friday (Nov. 12) at Hofstra. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live statistics and live video (subscription required) will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area with Jay James and Larry Johnson calling the action. Live audio can be accessed on the Internet with V Pass.

Head coach Debbie Ryan begins her 34th year on the sidelines for UVa and enters 2010-11 No. 8 on the winningest-active coaches list (by victories). Her career record at Virginia is 720-308 and she has registered 23 20-win seasons.

The Cavaliers have earned a berth to three-consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2008-10) and finished last year with a 21-10 overall record (9-5 ACC). This season, the ‘Hoos have been picked to finish 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia has an all-time record of 33-4 in season-openers dating back to the 1973-74 season. Ryan, in her 33-career games that have opened a season, is 29-4.

This is the first women’s basketball meeting between Virginia and Hofstra.

Hofstra finished the 2009-10 season with a 20-14 overall record and advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

Dating back to last season, Hofstra has won 11 of its last 14 home games (including four-straight).

Sophomore Shante Evans averaged 13.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season to lead the Pride. Pride head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey is a 1990 graduate of NC State and has compiled a 67-61 record in four seasons as Hofstra’s head coach.

UVa sophomore point guard China Crosby hails from Bronx, N.Y., approximately 20 miles from Hofstra’s campus.

Following Friday’s season-opener, the Cavaliers return to John Paul Jones Arena for a home contest against Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday (Nov. 14). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m., and there will be a postgame autograph session with the student-athletes.

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