Nov. 24, 1997
Virginia Hosts Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech (1-0) vs. #12 Virginia (3-0)
Nov. 25, 1997 - 7:30 p.m. - University Hall
#12 Virginia (3-0): Virginia closes out the four-game homestand with tonight's contest with Virginia Tech. Virginia is 3-0 at home, 0-0 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites. The Cavaliers are ranked 12th in the AP and 13th in the USA Today poll.
DeMya Walker leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) followed by Mimi
McKinney (14.0 ppg) and Lisa Hosac (11.7 ppg). Hosac leads the team in
rebounding (8.0 rpg).
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record
of 465-157 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is 22-4 vs. Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech (1-0): The Hokies defeated East Carolina 68-39 on Nov. 21 in Blacksburg, Va. Katie O'Connor and Maria Albertson each scored 11 points for Tech while the team shot 49.2 percent from the field (30-61).
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson is in her first season as a head
coach. She previously was an assistant at Iowa and Virginia Tech.
Series Record: Virginia leads 22-4. Virginia Tech's lists the series record at 5-22 with the additional game played in 1972-73 when Virginia was a club team. The Cavaliers have won 13 of the last 14 games in the series.
This is the earliest date of a game between the Cavaliers and
Hokies in the history of the program. The two teams have met only two
other times during the month of November: Nov. 29, 1988 Virginia defeated
Tech 75-73 in University Hall and on Nov. 28, 1990, the Cavaliers posted a
93-44 win over the Hokies.
Virginia is 37-7 against Atlantic-10 teams (22-4 vs. Virginia Tech;
8-0 vs. George Washington; 1-2 vs. St. Joseph's 1-0 vs. Rhode Island, 1-0
vs. Duquesne; 2-1 vs. Temple; 2-0 vs. Fordham, 0-0 vs. LaSalle, UMass,
Xavier, St. Bonaventure and Dayton).
Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F Lisa Hosac Jr. 6-2 11.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg
F DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
G Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 5.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
G Renee Robinson So. 5-6 5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
F Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
F Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0 2.0 ppg, 1.7rpg
F Deanna Mitchelson Fr. 6-2 1.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
C Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
C Tammy Gardner Sr. 6-4 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
G Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9 7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G Lauren Swierczek So. 5-11 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
How the Teams Match-up
Virginia Virginia Tech
Points 65.7 68.0
Scoring Defense 56.3 39.0
Rebounds 37.7 36.0
Rebound Margin +3.4 +3.0
FG % .414 .492
FG% Defense .383 .289
3-pt FG % .294 .250
FT % .656 .556
Assists 14.7 18.0
Turnovers 23.0 16.0
Blocks 6.0 3.0
Steals 12.7 13.0
In the Polls
Virginia moved up one spot to #12 in the AP poll after its 71-57
win over William & Mary last Sunday. The Cavaliers are ranked 13th in the
USA Today coaches poll.
Please note that the Feb. 15 game vs. North Carolina in University
Hall has been changed to 5 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN 2. The
original game time was 4 p.m.
Hosac recorded the first double-double of the season with her 12
point, 12 rebound performance against Kent on Nov. 21. Last season, she
recorded two double-doubles.
Next Up For the Cavaliers: VCU
The Cavaliers hit the road for their first road game of the season
on Sat., Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The game with the Rams will be the Cavaliers
third game of the season against an in-state opponent. Virginia played
William & Mary in the season opener and plays Virginia Tech tonight.
The Cavalier hold a 12-6 advantage in the series that dates back to
the 1973-74 season. The last time these two teams met was in 1993-94 when
the Cavaliers defeated the Rams 76-46 in Richmond, Va. Virginia has won the
last 11 meetings.
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.
Against Kent, Walker recorded six blocks, one off the school record of
seven blocks for a single game. Walker has recorded six or more blocks in
four games during 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 45 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:
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 465-155.
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.