Dec. 5, 1997

Cavs Perfect Entering ACC Play

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Mimi McKinney is averaging 14.0 ppg for Virginia.

Virginia 6-0 Heading into Georgia Tech Match-Up

#9 Virginia (6-0) at Georgia Tech (5-3)
Dec. 6, 1997 1:00 p.m.
Alexander Memorial Coliseum

Virginia (6-0, 0-0) Virginia plays its first ACC opponent of the season with its visit to Georgia Tech. The last time the Cavaliers visited Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Tech upset the ninth-ranked Cavaliers 72-60 (Feb. 13, 1997).

The Cavaliers recorded their largest margin of victory of the season with a 79-60 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 3. In that game, Virginia recorded its best shooting percentage of the season (.492, 32-65) after posting its worst shooting percentage of the past five seasons (.288) against VCU on Nov. 29. In the St. Francis game, four Cavaliers, including freshmen Erin Stovall and Chalois Lias, scored in double figures. DeMya Walker led the team with 15 points, followed by Mimi McKinney and Stovall with 13 and Lias with 12.

Virginia is 4-0 at home, 2-0 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season. The Cavaliers moved up one spot to number nine in the most recent AP poll and number 10 in the USA Today poll.

McKinney and Walker share the lead in team scoring with 13.8 ppg. Lisa Hosac and Walker lead the team in rebounding with 6.8 rpg.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 468-157 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is 38-3 vs. Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech (5-3, 0-1) The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 at home this season with their only home loss coming last Wednesday at the hands of Davidson, 90-72. Tech has already played one ACC game this season and suffered a 74-42 loss at Maryland on Nov. 22.

Junior forward Kenya Williams leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg).

Head Coach Agnus Berenato holds a career record of 198-182 (14th year) and a school record of 138-127 in her 10th season at Georgia Tech.

Series Record
Virginia leads 38-3. Virginia leads the series with the Yellow Jackets 38-3 and the Cavaliers have won 20 of the last 21 contests between the two teams. However, the last time Virginia played on Tech's home court, the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia 72-60.

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player              Cl.  Ht.   Stats
F    Lisa Hosac          Jr.  6-2   8.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F    DeMya Walker        Jr.  6-2  13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg
G    Kate Mooney         Jr.  6-0   6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
G    Mimi McKinney       Sr.  5-9  13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg
G    Renee Robinson      So.  5-6   4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Key Reserves
F    Lesley Brown        Jr.  6-0   5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
F    Chalois Lias        Fr.  6-0   3.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
F    Dean'na Mitchelson  Fr.  6-2   1.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
C    Elena Kravchenko    Fr. 6-10   1.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg
G    Erin Stovall        Fr.  5-9   9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg

How the Teams Match-up
                 Virginia    Georgia Tech
Points           66.8        70.1
Scoring Defense  55.3        69.4
Rebounds         38.3        42.0
Rebound Margin   +3.6        +7.4
FG %             .417        .434
FG% Defense      .380        .434
3-pt FG %        .315        .333
FT %             .644        .651
Assists          14.3        12.6
Turnovers        22.0        20.6
Blocks            6.2         2.5
Steals           13.6         6.0

Next Up For the Cavaliers: Mt. St. Mary's
The Cavaliers host the Mt. St. Mary Mountaineers on Mon, Dec. 8 for the first time since the early 1980's. These two teams have met three times before with Virginia holding a 3-0 lead in the series. Mt. St. Mary's last visited University Hall on Dec. 4, 1982 and the Cavaliers edged out a 68-62 win.

Mt. St. Mary's is 1-4 coming into the Virginia game. In their last outing on Dec. 2, the Mountaineers suffered a 65-44 loss at James Madison.

The Mountaineers are the second North East Conference opponent the Cavaliers will have faced this season. Virginia defeated St. Francis 79-60 last week.

Schedule Changes
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.

Also, the Feb. 19 game at Wake Forest has been changed to Feb. 18. Game time is 7:00 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 55 career three-pointers which moves her ahead of Donna Holt (49) in seventh place all-time. McKinney has a total of 50 three-pointers in her career which moves her into a tie with Holt 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.