A year ago, Svetlana Volnaya was just a shooter. She filled that role well in her first season with the Cavaliers, converting 26 percent of her three-point tries, but although she possessed the physical skills to be a better all-around player, Volnaya had problems finding her own shot rather than relying on others to get her involved. So how did The Shooter, the Virginia women basketball team's 6-foot-1 Belarus native, go from being a player on the outside looking in, waiting for kick-outs from the Cavs' hard-working guards, to the top scorer in the ACC?
Once the ball gets rolling, it can't be stopped. Lisa Hosac scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Virginia women's basketball to an error-filled double overtime victory over Clemson at University Hall last night, 77-74. The Cavaliers (14-4, 6-1 ACC) have won 10 in a row-a streak that dates back to Dec.
Like most ACC basketball addicts, I've been waiting for the inevitable: Duke's downfall from the top of the ACC. After starting the season with two losses, the close games that followed with Illinois, DePaul and Michigan and the parity in the ACC this year, I was certain that some Conference team, preferably Virginia, could knock off the Blue Devils in their first run through the league. That opinion was confirmed by the fact that Duke was only favored to win the game against the Cavaliers by I was amazed that in all the ACC games this season, Duke has led by no more than five at the half and that even lowly Florida State managed to hold a halftime lead against the Blue Devils. Wednesday night, when Duke faced N.C.
The Washington Wizards announced yesterday that Michael Jordan will become the team's president of basketball operations with an eventual option to buy a percentage of the team. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion as a player for the Chicago Bulls, will be running he Wizards before the NBA's Feb.
Tuesday's heartstopping, balloon-popping barnburner of a basketball game between upstart Virginia and down-and-out North Carolina spoke to why college hoops can be the most entertaining sport around. There was drama -- the game's conclusion was delayed twice because of a combination of fan frenzy and lackluster officiating.
Through the dying years of the Jeff Jones era and the first season of Pete Gillen's regime, the Virginia student body did not get many chances to storm the court.
FT. LAUDERDALE-The Virginia football's holiday trip to beautiful South Florida for the micronpc.com Bowl Dec.
After beginning the season at VMI's Keydet Invitational, the action returns home where the Cavalier wrestling team, led by Coach Lenny Bernstein, will take on John Trudgeon's Keydets, in their first dual meet of the season. Last weekend, Virginia wrestled in the 1999 Cliff Kenn Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, in which some of the nation's top wrestlers contended for a title.
Attention ESPN, FOX Sports, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and any other media outlet considering the release of a list of the "Century's greatest athletes ... most electrifying performers ... top CBA power forwards" or other such ridiculous countdowns -- don't.