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NGWSD: Honoring 1992-93 Virginia Women’s Basketball Team

Dec. 7, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 1992-93 Virginia women’s basketball team that won the regular-season and ACC Tournament Championships will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavaliers host Virginia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletics Department and Women's Center.

This season marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992-93 Virginia women’s basketball team that won the ACC regular-season title and captured the ACC Tournament Championship for the second consecutive season. The Cavaliers were 26-6 overall and 13-3 in the ACC that season.

UVA defeated four ranked conference opponents on its run to the regular-season championship. The Cavaliers cruised to a 74-46 win over Wake Forest in the first round and topped Clemson 79-71 in overtime to set up a championship game against Maryland. UVA and Maryland split the regular season meetings leading up to the tournament. 

The Cavaliers won their third ACC Championship by outlasting Maryland in a triple-overtime thriller in Rock Hill, S.C. By the third overtime, Virginia was missing three of its top players with Wendy Palmer sustaining an injury in the first half and 6-5 twin forwards Heather and Heidi Burge having fouled out of the game, but the rest of the team stepped up and sealed the 106-103 victory over the Terrapins. One day removed from an overtime victory over Clemson to reach the finals, Dena Evans, the MVP of the tournament, played 55 minutes, scoring 19 points, including hitting the game-tying three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to keep her team alive. It was, at the time, the highest-scoring game in ACC Tournament history. 

In addition to a halftime ceremony honoring the 1992-93 women’s basketball team, National Girls and Women in Sports Day will also feature a pregame sports festival held in the men’s basketball practice gym in John Paul Jones Arena. The festival will include sports stations for youth to visit. The festival will take place from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Youth completing all the stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.


 

 

Recent honorees at Virginia's National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Leah Smith (Olympic gold medalist), the 1991 NCAA Champion women’s lacrosse team, Megan O’Leary (former two-sport student-athlete and current member of USRowing Board of Directors), two-time volleyball MVP and philanthropist Amy (Mitchell) Griffin, Olympic-gold-medal swimmer Lauren Perdue, Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese (members of the Cavalier field hockey team and gold-medal winners at the 2011 Pan Am games with USA Field Hockey), Natalie Randolph (former UVA track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.) and Lindsay Shoop (former UVA rower and Olympic gold medalist). 

Single-game ticket prices for all home games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVA faculty/staff General Admission. Fans may purchase home game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

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