The university of Virginia women’s basketball team finally bid farewell to University Hall during the 2005 to 2006 season. After 33 years, the team ended their long relationship with this most prestigious Hall. But, the history they share will never be forgotten and will always be in the hearts of those who were there to share their triumphs and failures.
The University Hall got its largest crowd during the 1986 season where 11,174 home crowd fans squeezed and nudged their way to cheer on the Lady Cavaliers as they battled against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The record set in terms of attendance has been the largest in the history of U-hall and has never been surpassed since.
Another record was set during the 1991 to 1992 season, when all the tickets to the game of Virginia versus North Carolina were sold out even before the day of the actual fight. It just shows how much love and support the home crowd gives their Lady Cavaliers!
But the history does not end there, the University hall has been home to five undefeated seasons for the Lady Cavs! They all had perfect seasons in 1987 (14-0), 1988 (14-0), 1993 (15-0), 1994 (16-0) and then in 1995 (14-0). This feat further boosts their wins and losses record of 373 wins to 81 losses with a score of .822 winning percentage during its tenure at University Hall.
During the 1994 season the UVA women’s basketball team finished an 83 to 64 win over the North Carolina to clinch a new school record for the most consecutive wins. They further stamped their mark in history by completing a 61 win run, the fourth longest consecutive wins in the blooming era of women’s collegiate basketball.
Not many know this, but some of the most prominent names in women’s basketball traced their roots from the University of Virginia and honed their skills in University hall. The recent “Last Ball in U-Hall” brought back memories for these ladies who did much of their growing up inside these walls.
Some reminisced the torture they got from the training room, some fondly recalled their days on seeing Doyle Smith courtside screaming the air out of his lungs and most laughed at the grunting and groaning they did from going through all the practice motions.
Many players considered University Hall as their unofficial “home away from home”. They came of age in it and had many memories from their achievements. The awards they got from playing women’s basketball were also another reason to smile. It was truly a sight to behold during its heyday as it was the home of the Legendary Lady Cavaliers.
Since 2006, the Lady cavaliers have played all of their home games at John Paul Jones Arena and hope to establish a new legacy in its stadium. The new venue boasts of a larger seating capacity as the fighting spirit of the team continues to draw in a larger crowd every season. Season tickets are also available for those who want to secure their seats early.