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Nov. 20, 1997

No. 12 Virginia Set to Host Kent

  • Kent (0-0) vs.#12 Virginia (1-0)
  • Nov. 21, 1997
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • University Hall
DeMya Walker
Junior forward DeMya Walker led Virginia with 19 points against William & Mary. (File Photo)

Virginia hosts Kent in the second game of a four-game homestand. Tonight's game is the first meeting between the Golden Flashes and the Cavaliers. Virginia moved up one spot to #12 in the AP poll after its 71-57 win over William & Mary last Sunday.

This is the season opener for Kent, a team that returns three starters from last year's 20-10 team. Kent finished second in the Mid-American Conference with a league 14-4 record.

The Golden Flashes were 1-1 in the preseason, with a win over Sporitelna Bratislava 82-56 and a loss to the Ohio All-Stars. Kent

Head Coach Bob Lindsay is in his ninth season at Kent State and holds a 141-90 career record. He has posted four, 20-win seasons and has had 17 or more wins in all but one of his previous eight years at Kent.

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player             Cl. Ht.   Stats 
F    Lisa Hosac         Jr. 6-2   17.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg 
F    DeMya Walker       Jr. 6-2   19.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg 
G    Kate Mooney        Jr. 6-0    9.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg 
G    Mimi McKinney      Sr. 5-9   11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G    Renee Robinson     So. 5-6    4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg,
F    Lesley Brown       Jr. 6-0    8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
F    Chalois Lias       Fr. 6-0    0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F    Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2    0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
C    Elena Kravchenko   Fr. 6-10   0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
C    Tammy Gardner      Sr. 6-4    0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
G    Erin Stovall       Fr. 5-9    3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G    Lauren Swierczek   So. 5-11   0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Cavaliers vs. Mid-American Conference Schools
Virginia is 2-0 versus schools of the Mid-American Conference. During the 1993-94 season, the Cavaliers defeated both Marshall and Toledo.

Walker Becomes UVa's All-Time Blocks Leader
DeMya Walker's first block of the season, which came in the 13:06 mark in the second half, established her as the Virginia's all-time blocks leader, eclipsing the mark of 152 set by Heather Burge (1990-93). Walker ended the night with three blocks and now has 155 for her career.

Mooney and McKinney Climb Up the Charts
Kate Mooney and Mimi McKinney are moving up the chart in career three-point field goals made. Mooney's three treys against William & Mary moved her into a tie for seventh place with Donna Holt with a total of 49 career three-pointers. McKinney has a total of 40 three-pointers in her career for ninth place in the career standings.

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:

        Team            Points
    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 463-155.

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 one-and-one.

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.

Tall Order
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.

Silver Anniversary
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 (.568).

Worn Path
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 103 of its last 110 games (.936) in University Hall since the 1991 season. The Cavaliers are 273-49 (.848) all-time in U-Hall.

The Cavaliers' record when they:
led at half-time                        1-0
trailed at half-time                    0-0
were tied at half-time                  0-0
went into overtime                      0-0
led by 10 or more points                1-0
shot 60% or better                      0-0
shot 50% or better                      0-0
shot less than 50%                      0-0
shot less than 45%                      0-0
shot less than 40%                      1-0
opponent shot 50% or better             0-0
opponent shot less than 50%             1-0
opponent shot less than 45%             1-0
opponent shot less than 40%             1-0
had higher FG% than opponent            1-0
had lower FG% than opponent             0-0
out-rebounded opponent                  0-0
were out-rebounded by opponent          1-0
had same rebounds as opponent           0-0
had more offensive rebounds             0-0
had fewer offensive rebounds            1-0
had same offensive rebounds             0-0
had fewer turnovers than opponent       1-0
had more turnovers than opponent        0-0
had same amount of turnovers            0-0
had fewer than 10 turnovers             0-0
opponent had fewer than 10 turnovers    0-0
shot more FTs than opponent             1-0
shot fewer FTs than opponent            0-0
shot same number of FTs as opponent     0-0
had game decided by 10 points or less   0-0
had game decided by 5 points or less    0-0
scored 100+ points                      0-0
scored 90-99 points                     0-0
scored 80-89 points                     0-0
scored 70-79 points                     1-0
scored 60-69 points                     0-0
scored 59 or less points                0-0
leading scorer is Walker                1-0

Virginia in the 1997 Polls

Week          AP    USA Today   
Nov. 10     13th    13th
Nov. 17     12th    13th

Game Summaries

Game 1: DeMya Walker scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the 13th-ranked Cavaliers to a season-opening 71-57 win over William & Mary today in University Hall. Walker's first block of the season, which came in the 13:06 mark in the second half, established her as the Virginia's all-time blocks leader, eclipsing the mark of 152 set by Heather Burge (1990-93). Walker ended the night with three blocks (155 career).

William & Mary's Kate Von Holle opened the game with a three-point field goal at the 19:19 mark and then the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 run spurred by a three-point field goal by Kate Mooney, two treys by Mimi McKinney and a driving lay-up by Walker. The Cavaliers opened up a 17-point lead with 4:11 remaining in the first half and ended the half with a 34-21 lead.

The Tribe opened the second half with an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 36-32 with 15:39 on the clock. The Cavaliers were held without a field goal until the 14:45 mark when Renee Robinson put back a missed shot. Virginia then went on a 14-6 spurt to put the game out of reach.

The Tribe outrebounded the Cavaliers 44-37 and shot 33.9 percent from the field (19-56) while the Cavaliers shot 37.7 percent from the field (23-61).

"We were having trouble rebounding today so I had to find a way to neutralize the possessions and the full-court pressure," said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "I think we are going to be a good rebounding team, I think that it will take a little bit of time."

"We had confidence because we were bigger, we weren't as experienced, but we were bigger," said Tribe head coach Trina Thomas Patterson, who played for Ryan 10 years ago. "Experience prevailed. We knew DeMya Walker would be a very tough stop. I was relatively pleased with the performance of our inside game, defensively and our team defensively."

Lisa Hosac scored a career-high 17 points while McKinney ended the night with 11 points. Nekshia Cooper led William & Mary with 13 points and Julie Sommer added 10 points.


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