Nov. 28, 1997
#10 Virginia (4-0) at VCU (2-1)
Nov. 29, 1997 - 2:00 p.m. - Franklin St. Gym
#10 Virginia (4-0): Virginia makes its first road trip of the season when
it visits the Franklin Street Gym for a date with VCU. Virginia is 4-0 at
home, 0-0 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites. The Cavaliers moved up two
spots to number 10 in the most recent AP poll.
The Cavaliers posted their biggest win of the season with a 64-49
win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 25. DeMya Walker led the team with 12
points in that game and Lesley Brown and Erin Stovall each had 10 points.
Walker leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) followed by Mimi
McKinney (12.8 ppg) and Lisa Hosac (10.5 ppg). Hosac leads the team in
rebounding (6.8 rpg).
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record
of 466-157 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is 11-0 vs. VCU.
VCU (2-1): VCU is on a two-game win streak with wins over Rider (84-47)
and Norfolk State (72-61). Their only loss of the season was to Wake Forest
(57-85) in the season opener. The Lady Rams are 2-0 at home and 0-1 on the
Chevette Waller leads the team in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding
(7.7 rpg). Waller led VCU with 24 points against Norfolk State on Nov. 26
and Marika Rasmussen scored a career-high 17 points in that game.
Head Coach David Glass is in his second season at VCU with a record
Series Record: Virginia leads 12-6. VCU won the first five contests
between the two teams in the early '70's while Virginia has won the last 11
in a row. The last time these two teams met was on Jan. 31, 1994 at the
Franklin St. Gym and the Cavaliers came home with a 76-46 win.
Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F Lisa Hosac Jr. 6-2 10.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
G Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 5.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 12.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg
G Renee Robinson So. 5-6 4.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Pos. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0 2.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
F Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2 0.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
C Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10 1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg
C Tammy Gardner Sr. 6-4 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
G Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9 7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G Lauren Swierczek So. 5-11 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
How the Teams Match-up
Points 65.2 71.0
Scoring Defense 54.5 59.7
Rebounds 36.2 50.0
Rebound Margin +2.2 +2.0
FG % .429 .380
FG% Defense .381 .291
3-pt FG % .288 .216
FT % .635 .739
Assists 14.8 15.3
Turnovers 21.8 20.0
Blocks 6.5 1.7
Steals 12.3 10.0
Last Time Out: Cavs Post Win Over Hokies
DeMya Walker scored 12 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 64-49 win
over Virginia Tech on Nov. 25. The Cavalier bench added 27 points in the
win led by Lesley Brown and Erin Stovall with 10 points apiece.
Virginia shot a season high 48.0 percent from the field (24-50).
Next Up For the Cavaliers: St. Francis (Pa.)
The Cavaliers hit the road for their second of three consecutive
road games of the season for a contest with St. Francis on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
This will be Virginia's first ever trip to Loretto, Pa. to play the Red
Flash. St. Francis has played the Cavaliers twice before, both times in
University Hall and Virginia holds a 2-0 lead in the series.
Virginia continues its road swing with a Dec. 6 contest at Georgia
Tech (1 p.m.).
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 starting time was 4 p.m.
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 has a total of 50 career three-pointers w
hich moves her ahead of Donna Holt (49) in seventh place all-time.
McKinney has a total of 48 three-pointers in her career for ninth place in
the career standings.
Tora Suber holds onto first place in career three-pointers with 220.
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.
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 was selected to the ACC All-Conference Preseason Team.|
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).
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 466-155.
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.