Heidi and Heather Burge are perfect for the chewing gum commercial featuring twins. They double their pleasure and double their fun at least twice a day.
Burge No. 1 and No. 1-A are 6-foot-5 Virgina basketball players who present double trouble on the court.Don't adjust your TV set this morning if a Burge seems to be in two places at once. No. 2 Virginia (30-2) begins the quest for its first national championship in women's basketball against No. 13 Connecticut (29-4) at 10:30 a.m. (CBS-Channel 5).
If Virginia beats Connecticut as expected, either No. 4 Tennessee (28-5) or No. 11 Stanford (26-5) will have to cope with double Burge trouble. The Lady Vols and Cardinal play the second game of today's nationally televised (CBS) semifinal doubleheader at approximately 1 p. m. MST.
The Burge twins surprised a lot of schools after standout careers at Palos Verdes (Calif.) High School. The twins picked a college about 3,000 miles from their native state and are the "primary reason" Virginia made the Final Four, Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan said.
"They're obviously the difference between us being in the Top 15 and the Top Five," Ryan said. "I think that's why we're in the Top Five."
Was it a great recruiting job?
"I wish I could say yes, but it really wasn't," Ryan said. "I'll be honest with you. I didn't do much to get them. We had been writing to them and watching them and had been interested for a long time.
"But I never felt like I could recruit a player from California," Ryan said. "I had recruited several but had never gotten one."
The twins selected Virginia over Duke and Vanderbilt. They are excellent students and wanted to attend college out East.
Heather liked the combination of academics and athletics in Charlottesville, where Thomas Jefferson founded the university.
"And they needed post players," Heidi said.
The Burges are tall enough to be the world's tallest identical twins, according to the 1991 Guinness Book of Records (technically listed as 6-foot-4 and three-fourths inches).
"We submitted a picture of ourselves in barefeet in front of a giant ruler," Heidi said. "It was a blast."
Each twin is into water sports, comedy shows and Kenny G. They are identical in looks; not in personalities and preferences.
Heather prefers pasta just before a game; Heidi likes pancakes, corn and broccoli.
They don't get upset when the pregame meals are given to the wrong one. Sometimes during games, the twins confuse almost everyone except themselves.
For some reason, they say, people tend to get a little rattled when two people looking exactly alike are in the same place at the same time.
"We attract so much attention," Heidi said. "The refs really get on our case."
"The twins are obviously a huge luxury for this team," Ryan said. "Both are mobile and can run the floor so well for players their size."