Nov. 24, 1997

DeMya Walker

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

Reserves
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.

Time Change

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.

Double-Double

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:

	          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 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.