Saturday, March 26, 2011

WNIT loss ends Ryan's incredible era at Virginia

The Debbie Ryan era ended on Saturday night with the Cavaliers falling to Charlotte 79-74 in the quarterfinals of the WNIT at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Nearly 2,000 fans turned out to send off the legend who announced she was stepping down two weeks ago.

From Richmond Times-Dispatch wordsmith Vic Dorr:

Six U.S. presidents and 10 Virginia governors held office during Ryan's tenure as U.Va.'s coach. Her accomplishments include a 739-324 record, 28 postseason appearances and 24 NCAA tournament appearances. She produced only two losing seasons -- and one of those was 1977-78, her first year in command of the Cavaliers program.

We could give you game details, but we all know what's important here. We can't wait to see what Debbie does next because we have no doubt she'll be remarkably successful at whatever it is. Thanks for 34 wonderful years at Virginia, Coach.

We enjoyed every single minute of it.

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