Thursday, April 25, 2024

Staley's UVa Survives Giant-Killer Minnesota Gophers 2004

While the 1991 National Runners-up from Virginia were 10-point favorites in our Value Add Basketball Game against the 6th place team from the 2004 Big Ten, the Gophers appeared on their way to a big upset like they had late in the season to make a stunning Final four run.

Future WNBA players Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville combined for 36 points a game that year,  after winning only six of their last 14 games of the regular season and Big Ten tournament, Minnesota went to the tournament and stunned #8 K-State and UCLA. They then went on the road to stun #18 Boston College and then in the real shocker, #1 Duke in the Elite 8 before finally falling against #6 UConn in the Final 4. 

While the two future WNBA stars got their points, the Gophers took a 45-38 lead early in the second half due to an unlikely hero, as sharp-shooting point guard  Shannon Schonrock - who had two 4-point plays against all-time great Dawn Staley

We ranked Whalen as the 30th greatest player of all time, and Staley as the 20th best player of all time in this post.

The one weakness the Gophers seemed to have though was turnovers, and they had 18 as UVa rallied for the win. The Gophers last tie was 65-65 with 6 possessions to play when Whalen grabbed an offensive rebound and passed out to Shannon Bolden for a 3-pointer (off an offensive rebound one number is subtracted from the 20-sided die to increase the chances of making a shot by 5 percent.

Staley stayed pass first as a point guard in this game, as shooting guard Tammi Reiss had a game-high 24 points. However, the big news in Charlottesville that year (we actually lived their at the time as my wife was finishing her PhD at the time) the big recruiting news was not the all-time great Staley, but the twin towers Heather Burge and her twin Heidi at 6-foot-5.

Heather had a game-high 10 rebounds in this game, even though McCarville was normally a better rebounder. However, she was only a 55% free throw shooter (1-11 made on 20-sided die) so luckily it was Heidi who was fouled late and hit a key free throw and basket to help UVa escape with a 76-72 win.

Minnesota moved up slightly form 51st to a tie for 49th, while UVa stayed in 18th - but now tied for that spot with Minnesota.
Pos         Minnesota 2004              Pts  3pt   2pt   FT  Att  Reb  Stl   Blk   Fl      Act Stats         
1-PGShannon Schonrock15322211028.9 pts, 5'6
2-SGLindsay Whalen151522530420.6 pts, 5'8
3-SFShannon Bolden9122251026 pts, 5'11
4-PFKadidja Andersson9041120049 pts, 5'11
5-CJanel McCarville110436622316.1 pts, 6'2
PosVisitor BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlAct Stats
1-PGKelly Roysland2010210015.6 pts, 5'9
2-SGHannah Garry2010010010.5 pts, 5'5
3-SFJamie Broback5110040015.1 pts, 6'3
4-PFLiz Podominick2010010014.1 pts, 6'2
5-CChristina Collison2010010011.5 pts, 6'2
 18 Turnovers726221015277220 
PosVirginia 1991Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlAct Stats
1-PGDawn Staley40200211314.6 pts, 5'6
2-SGTammi Reiss2401044220215.4 pts, 5'6
3-SFTonya Cardoza100422520215.5 pts, 5'10
4-PFHeidi Burge11043440018.9 pts, 6'5
5-CHeather Burge1004241011412.7 pts, 6'5
PosHome BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlAct Stats
1-PGDena Evans6022210015 pts, 5'5
2-SGWendy Toussaint2010010011.9 pts, 5'11
3-SFTekshia Ward3011230135.2 pts, 6'1
4-PFMelanee Wagener4012220015.6 pts, 6'3
5-CAudra Smith2010010013.7 pts, 6'2
 13 Turnovers760301620316319

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