Nov. 14, 1997
Cavaliers Tip Off New Season Against William & Mary
- William & Mary vs.#13 Virginia
- Nov. 16, 1997
- 3:30 p.m.
- University Hall
Junior forward DeMya Walker is Virginia's leading returning scorer and rebounder. (File Photo)
For the first time since the 1993-94 season, the Cavaliers open the
season at home when they host in-state opponent William & Mary in
The Cavaliers are 22-2 all-time in the season opener (13-0 at home,
8-1 away, 1-1 neutral). The only two losses in season openers were to
Kansas 84-86 in the Wahine Classic on Nov. 25, 1995 and to Tennessee 51-78
in the Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 19, 1996.
Series With William & Mary
Virginia and William & Mary have met eight times before, with
Virginia holding an 8-0 edge in the series. The last time these two teams
met was in 1992 in University Hall with the Cavaliers coming away with the
Tribe Head Coach Trina Thomas Patterson is no stranger to
Charlottesville. She is a 1987 graduate of UVa and lettered for four years
(1984-87) for Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan.
Probable Virginia Starters (subject to change)
Pos. Player Cl. Ht. Last year's stats
F Lisa Hosac Jr. 6-2 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
F DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg
G Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg
G Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G Renee Robinson So. 5-6 2.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
F Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
C Tammy Gardner Sr. 6-4 1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
G Lauren Swierczek So. 5-11 1.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg
C Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10
F Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0
F Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2
G Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9
Carbo and Kravchenko Reunited
William & Mary's Nicole Carbo and Virginia's Elena Kravchenko will
be reunited on Nov. 16. Carbo, along with her parents Ann and Richard of
Norristown, Pa., were the host family for Kravchenko during her senior year
at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
Cavaliers 1-1 in Preseason Games
The Cavaliers completed the exhibition slate with a win over Denamo
73-62 and a loss to Soproni 86-77.
DeMya Walker and Mimi McKinney were the top players in the two
preseason games. Walker averaged 22.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in
the two exhibition games while McKinney averaged 16.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg.
Cavs Picked to Finish Second in Conference
The Cavaliers were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast
Conference in a vote by the ACC Basketball Writers on Oct. 26. North
Carolina was picked as the preseason favorite with 153 points. Following
is the predicted order of finish by the writers:
1. North Carolina 153
2. Virginia 119
3. Duke 112
4. N.C. State 107
5. Clemson 83
6. Maryland 81
7. Georgia Tech 57
8. Wake Forest 27
9. Florida State 26
Walker and Robinson Honored By ACC
DeMya Walker and Renee Robinson were selected to the ACC
All-Conference Preseason Team. Walker was selected to the first team along
with Tracy Reid (North Carolina), Chasity Melvin (N.C. State), Itoro Umoh
(Clemson), Payton Black (Duke) and Chanel Wright (North Carolina).
Robinson was joined on the second team by Carla Munnion (Georgia
Tech,) Stephanie Cross (Maryland), Sonia Chase (Maryland), Hilary Howard
(Duke) and LySchale Jones (N.C. State).
Out For The Season
The Cavaliers will be without the services senior guard/forward
Monick Foote and junior guard Tiffany Bower. Foote made the decision to
redshirt this season due to a chronic ankle problem (right) and a stress
fracture in the same leg that developed during the summer. Foote wants to
take the time to properly rehab the leg and comeback for a healthy senior
year in 1998-99.
Bower suffered a torn left achilles tendon on the third day of
practice and will not play this season. Bower worked extremely hard over
the summer to come back from a torn right achilles tendon which she
suffered on the eve of the NCAA Tournament last March and was cleared to
play this season.
Ryan Begins 21st Year At Virginia
The women's basketball marks its 25th anniversary this year and in
the previous 24 years, Head Coach Debbie Ryan has coached the team for 20
years. Ryan enters her 21st year with a career record of 462-155.
In her 20-year career, Coach Ryan has directed the Cavaliers to 14
consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, with three straight trips to the
Final Four in 1990, 1991 and 1992. When she won her 400th career game on
Jan. 25, 1995 at Maryland, she reached the 400-win milestone in only her
538th game, faster than any other coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
During Ryan's era, the Cavaliers have advanced to the "Sweet 16" 11
times, won three Atlantic Coast Conference Tournaments (1990-92-93),
competed in the Final Four three times (1990-91-92), won the 1990 and 1992
East Regional, the 1991 Midwest Regional and won 10 ACC regular-season
titles, including six of the last seven.
The Cavalier mentor has been named Naismith Coach of the Year
(1991) by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, ACC Coach of the Year (1984, 1986, 1987,
1991, 1993, 1995), state Coach of the Year (1981, 1995) and Converse
District III Coach of the Year (1986, 1987). In addition to her
accomplishments on the court, Ryan boasts a graduation rate of 100 percent
of all athletes who completed their four-year eligibility.
Rule Changes for 1997-98
The women's game is conforming to men's bonus
free throw and timeout rules. Women will shoot two free throws on the 10th
common foul of each half instead of
For non-televised games, full timeouts are reduced from five to
four with two 20-second timeouts at any time. For TV games, full timeouts
go from three to two and 20-second timeouts are increased from two to three
with two that can be carried to the second half. The idea: Speed up games
and reduce confusion for fans familiar with men's rules.
A change that will benefit defense: The shot clock will begin when
the ball is touched instead of upon possession. The points of emphasis for
the season: traveling in the paint, off-ball contact and rough post play.
According to officials supervisor Marcy Weston, refs will also be closely
watching dribblers for carrying the ball.
Incoming freshman center Elena Kravchenko is 6-10, making her
the tallest player in the ACC, but not in women's college basketball (the
tallest player in Division I is 6-11 freshman Gitika Srizastava at
Harvard). Kravchenko is reported to be able to run the floor well, play
defense and has been described as a great passer. She averaged 9.9 points,
4.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game last season for Plymouth (Pa.)
Whitemarsh High School.
The Virginia women's basketball team begins its 25th
year of competition this season. Last season, the Cavaliers became the
first ACC women's team to reach the 500-win plateau.
Virginia led the nation in field goal percentage defense (.342) in
1997 and ranked 11th in scoring margin (16.6) and 12th in scoring defense
Virginia has made 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances,
including 11 consecutive "Sweet Sixteen" appearances, all under Head Coach
Debbie Ryan's direction.
Home Sweet Home
Virginia has won 102 of its last 109 games (.938) in
University Hall since the 1991 season. The Cavaliers are 272-49 (.847)
all-time in U-Hall.
Closing In On 500
The Cavaliers 64-62 win over N.C. State on Jan. 11
marked Debbie Ryan's 450th win as a head coach. What makes this milestone
remarkable is that she reached her 450th win in her 600th game, faster than
any other men's or women's coach in the ACC, including Dean Smith and Mike