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Elena Kravchenko
Elena Kravchenko

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Minsk, Belarus

High School:
Plymouth (Pa.) White Marsh

Height:
6-10

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
02/28/1979

Experience:
3L



Player Notes
Tallest female basketball player ever to play for UVa and tallest female player in Division I ? has great footwork around basketball and good moves going to the hoop ?good no-look passer ? has nice shot from the top of the key ?offensive skills helpful against the zone ?very effective in high post. ? played for Belarus national team last three summers with Virginia teammate Svetlana Volnaya.

2000-01 Season Highlights: Averaged 2.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 7.3 minutes in 29 games...Also registered 15 blocks and 10 assists...Shot 32.9 percent (24-73) from the field and 47.2 percent (17-36) from the line?Turned in one of her top performances of the season against Georgia Tech on February 8, registering a career-high five blocked shots, and four points, four rebounds, and two assists...Netted nine points and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes against Mount St. Mary?s (Nov. 10)...Scored six points and added two rebounds in 11 minutes at Loyola (Nov. 25)...Registered three blocks against Texas (Nov. 20)...Started on Senior Night at University Hall on February 25 and registered four points in five minutes... Scored four points and added two rebounds in eight minutes against Florida State (Mar. 3) in the ACC Tournament.

1999-00 Season Highlights: Played in 32 games with one start ? scored in double figures in first two games of season ? led team with nine rebounds vs. Grambling (Nov. 26) ? was 6-7 from the field vs. St. Joseph?s on way to match career-high 13 points ? entered North Carolina game (Feb. 7) late in the first half and was able to draw fouls and get to the line ? was 4-4 from the free throw line and had one block in only six minutes of action ?played from the high post vs. Florida State (Feb. 10) and scored seven points and had two assists and three blocks ? very effective in Wake Forest game (Feb. 27) scored seven points in only 10 minutes of action ? played 21 minutes in ACC Tournament game vs. Wake Forest (March 3), the most minutes since she played 23 minutes in season opener ? hit first three-pointer of her career at the 4:12 mark of second half vs. Demon Deacons.

1998-99 Season Highlights: Played in all 29 games, did not start ? scored in double figures in four games ? ranked third on the team in blocked shots ?averaged 10.0 minutes per game ? scored a season-high 12 points vs. Towson (Dec. 11) ? was 4-5 from the field and 4-5 from the charity stripe in that game ? matched season-high with four rebounds in Brown game (Dec. 28) ? was perfect from the field (3-3) in win at N.C. State (Jan. 11) ? had career-highs of 13 points and five rebounds vs. Georgia Tech (Jan. 14).

1997-98 Season Highlights: Played in 23 games ? had 16 blocks for the season and ranked seventh in the ACC in blocks?averaged 6.8 minutes per game? played a season high 18 minutes vs. Old Dominion (Jan. 27)?was instrumental in shutting down Southern Methodist?s offense in the NCAA Tournament first round game (Mar. 13)?Cavaliers were down 21 points in the second half against SMU and her presence in the lane shut down their offense in the come-from-behind victory.

High School: Averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game for Plymouth (Pa.) White Marsh High School?helped team to 27-4 record? school advanced to the second round of the state 4A playoffs ? named team?s best defensive player ? played for three years for Nicolay Gastello School in Minsk?named to the All-Tournament team at the European Championships.

Personal: Elena Kravchenko?born Feb. 28, 1979 in Minsk, Belarus?daughter of Olga and Vladimir Kravchenko?has a younger sister Svetlana?father played basketball for the national team?major is Religious Studies.

Career Highs

Pts. 13 vs. St. Joseph?s (11-21-99) 13 vs. Georgia Tech (1-14-99) Reb. 9 vs. Grambling (11-26-99) Ast. 3 vs. Washington (11-28-99) Bl. 5 vs. Georgia Tech (2-8-01) Stl. 1 vs. 15 opponents Min. 23 vs. St. Joseph?s (11-21-99) 23 vs. Louisiana Tech (11-19-00)