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44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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Veteran leader who will take over as the starting point guard as a senior • Has tremendous basketball instincts and is considered the team’s defensive stopper • Also one of the squad’s best passers • In the best physical shape of her career after a productive offseason and a full year removed from shoulder surgery.

Missed the first 13 games of the season after offseason shoulder surgery • Appeared in the final 18 games of the season and started 15, averaging 8.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game • Made an immediate impact on the lineup upon returning for the Virginia game on Jan. 5 • Played 32 minutes and scored eight points, including a pair of key three-pointers, in the double-overtime win • Scored 13 points in 35 minutes in the overtime loss to Maryland on Jan. 8 • Got her first start of the year against Clemson on Jan. 12 and started 15 of the season’s final 16 contests • Just missed a double-double at Connecticut, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds • Pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds to go with six points and five blocks in the win over Boston College on Jan. 25 • Scored 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including a number of key buckets late, in the the win at Wake Forest on Jan. 29 • Turned in one of the finest performances of her career against NC State on Feb. 19, finishing with a career-high 23 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists in 35 minutes • Finished 8 of 14 from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line • Scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the ACC First Round win over Clemson • Finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 37 minutes in the ACC Quarterfinalloss to Georgia Tech. 

Appeared in 36 games and started 16, averaging 6.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game • Picked up a double-double in the season’s second game with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Robert Morris • Also dished out six assists • Just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds against Washington State in the opening game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown • Averaged 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in the three games of the tournament • Filled the box score with nine points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the win over Iowa on Dec. 2 • Had 11 points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes against ETSU on Dec. 8 • Suffered a partial shoulder dislocation against South Carolina on Dec. 19 but did not miss a game • Had 11 points and a season-high four steals at Maryland on Jan. 23 • Pulled down a total of 23 rebounds in two games against Virginia and Virginia Tech on Jan. 28 and 30 • Threatened a triple-double with 10 points, a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds in the win over Duke on Feb. 7 • Missed the Georgia Tech game on Feb. 24 due to illness • Appeared in all four games of the ACC Tournament, averaging 4.8 points and 5.3 rebounds • Just missed a double-double in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in the win over Fresno State • Also held Fresno’s Jaleesa Ross, the second-most prolific three-point shooter in NCAA history, to 4-of-20 shooting from behind the arc • Averaged nearly a double-double in NCAA play, finishing with averages of 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the three games • Scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Sweet 16 loss to Stanford. 

Appeared in 30 games and started 19, averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest • Strong, versatile guard who looks to improve on an injury-plagued freshman season • Scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in her collegiate debut against College of Charleston • Had eight points and a season-high 11 rebounds against UNLV on Nov. 22 • Scored a season-high 16 points and pulled down eight boards against Charleston Southern on Nov. 29 • Had her first career double-double two games later, a 13-point, 10-rebound effort in the win over St. John’s • Had a season-best five steals against Radford on Dec. 8, one of 12 multi-steal efforts on the season • Suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the Winston-Salem State game on Jan. 2 • Missed the game against Georgia Tech four days later but returned to play nine minutes at Connecticut on Jan. 9 • Had 10 rebounds to go with six points and two steals against Virginia on Feb. 15 • Played 17 minutes and did not score in the ACC Tournament against Maryland • Scored two points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists in the NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga.

Coached by Cavanaugh Hagan at T.C. Williams • McDonald’s All-American and WBCA All-America selection as a senior • First-team Parade Magazine and ESPNRISE.com All-America • Ranked No. 9 in the nation by both ESPN Hoop Gurlz and the All-Star Girls Report • Also rated the No. 1 shooting guard by ESPN Hoop Gurlz • Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for Virginia • Four-time Washington Post All-Met selection, including All-Met Player of the Year as a junior and a senior • 2006 USA Today National Freshman of the Year • Born Tierra La-she Ruffin-Pratt on April 11, 1991 in Fairfax, Va. • Daughter of Linwood Ruffin III and Deneen Pratt. 

Position: Guard
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
High School: T.C. Williams
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