Head Coach Debbie Ryan
“I felt like High Point did a nice job in the first half of staying with us and they were very organized. They got the ball to the right people and it helped them in terms of staying in the game. We did not shoot the ball very well early on. We had some people taking shots that were a little quick and we probably could have been a little more selective. We finally started getting the ball inside and playing inside out. That was the name of the game, being able to score and be more efficient offensively.
“Defensively I thought we played a pretty good game. We needed to take better care of the ball offensively, but I thought the defense did what we wanted to do in terms of holding them. We held them to eight minutes in the first half without a field goal and I thought that was good. I had great play from my first years and I thought they were really ready to play. Monica Wright as always came to play but I thought Ariana Moorer came ready to play also. Chelsea Shine and Whitney Edwards both had great games tonight. “
What can you take away from this game?
“I think we know we can play good defense, but we did not start that way. I think we need to start better defensively because that is what fuels our offense. We were a little bit disorganized in the beginning of the game and then we finally got the message. I also learned that our first year players are very easy to coach from the bench. They really try to execute exactly what you want them to do. They stay organized and stay focused also.”
On the loss of Lyndra Littles
“It is a huge loss for us. Lyndra is a very cerebral player and she has turned into a very good leader on our team, so it will be very difficult for us. We will have to go with the next woman up philosophy.”
“One thing were going have to do is be able to handle their defensive pressure. They will be very aggressive. We have already started preparing a little but we will prepare these next two days and be ready for their pressure.”
On being the starting point guard and running the offense today
“I felt confident tonight and my teammates were out there helping me and encouraging me.”
On playing Tennessee
“I think we need to run the court in transition. Playing good defense is important and as long as we help each other out we should be fine.”
On playing Tennessee
“I think we need to play within ourselves. This will be a game where we can gauge where we need to be for our ACC season.”
On what the team can take away from tonight
“Tonight I felt like we figured out how to push the ball and communicate. As long as we focus on our short-term goals rather than the long-term goals, we will be fine.”
Diakite's Impact Growing for CavaliersMen's Basketball12/15/17Redshirt sophomore Mamadi Diakite has been a positive presence around the basket for No. 16 Virginia, which hosts Davidson on Saturday afternoon at JPJ.Welsh Connection Adds to Bowl StorylinesFootball12/14/17Virginia (6-6) meets Navy (6-6) in the Military Bowl, Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md. George Welsh is a former head coach of each team.Cooper Thriving Under New StaffSwimming & Diving12/12/17A senior from Atlanta and one of the team's captains, Caitlin Cooper set the UVA women's record in the 50-yard freestyle early this month in Athens, Georgia.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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