Nov. 10, 1997

Cavaliers Drop Final Exhibition Game, 86-77

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Judit Balogh had a team-high 22 points and six rebounds to lead Soproni of Hungary to a 86-77 victory over Virginia in an exhibition game played at University Hall. DeMya Walker scored 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting to lead Virginia in their final tune-up of the 1997 season.

Virginia trailed 41-40 at the half despite Walker scoring 12 of her 20 points before intermission. The Cavalier grabbed their last lead of the night, 48-47, on a jumper in the lane by Chalois Lias. But the international visitors responded by taking the lead for good with a 7-0 run. UVa trailed 54-48 with 14 minutes remaining in the second half.

Soproni's lead grew to as many as 11 points before Lisa Hosac led Virginia back with a pair of free throws and a jump-hook to cut the lead to seven at 78-71. Mimi McKinney's layup off a steal by Renee Robinson cut the lead to 78-73 with more than two minutes remaining.

But Soproni's answered again, this time on a jumper from Balogh to halt UVa's momentum. Two free throws from Dalia Kurtinaitiene (19 points) gave her team a seven-point lead with 32 seconds remaining, thus sealing the Cavaliers fate.

Hosac and McKinney each finished with 14 points for the Cavaliers. Lias and Lesley Brown came off the bench to contribute seven points apiece. In all, Virginia received 24 points from their reserves.

UVa shot a healthy 47.2 percent before halftime to stay close, but Soproni's defense clamped down in the second half and the Cavalier managed to shoot just 34.5 percent after intermission. Soproni used hot shooting throughout the contest to pull away. The Hungarians shot 52.5 percent for the game, including 56.7 after halftime.

Virginia made just three of 16 shots (18.8 percent) from behind the three-point arc, while Soproni made three of nine (33.3 percent). Virginia was out rebounded 39-33 by their opponents.

Virginia begins the regular season this Sunday, November 16, as they play host to William & Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association. The opening tip is scheduled for 3:30 pm.