Dec. 8, 1997

Virginia Faces Mount St. Mary's

Injury Report

Mount St. Mary's (1-4)
at
#12 Virginia (6-1)

Dec. 8, 1997 * 7:30 p.m. * University Hall

Virginia (6-1, 0-1): Virginia enters tonight's game after the 84-65 upset at Georgia Tech on Dec. 6. The 19-point loss was the Cavaliers' worst regular season conference loss since the 78-56 loss at N.C. State on Feb. 25, 1989.

Against Georgia Tech, DeMya Walker led the Cavaliers with 15 points while Lisa Hosac had a game-high 11 rebounds. Virginia shot a season-low 17.4 percent from three-point range (4-13), including 0-12 from beyond the arc in the second half. The Cavaliers had more turnovers (11) than field goals (8) in the second half.

Walker leads the team scoring with 14.0 ppg, followed by Mimi

McKinney photo
Mimi McKinney
McKinney with 13.1 ppg and Erin Stovall with 9.0 ppg. Lisa Hosac leads the team in rebounding with 7.4rpg.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 468-158 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is 3-0 vs. Mt. St. Mary's.

Virginia is 4-0 at home, 2-1 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season.

Mount St. Mary's (1-4): Mt. St. Mary's returns to competition after a week-long hiatus. In their last outing on Dec. 2, the Mountaineers suffered a 65-44 loss at James Madison.

Megan Gardiner leads the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg). Kia Williams is also averaging around 17 points a game (17.2 ppg).

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

Series Record: The Cavaliers host the Mountaineers 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.

Probable Virginia Starters

Pos Player             Cl.  Ht.    Stats
F   Lisa Hosac         Jr.  6-2    8.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg
F   DeMya Walker       Jr.  6-2    14.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg
G   Kate Mooney        Jr.  6-0    6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G   Mimi McKinney      Sr.  5-9    13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
G   Renee Robinson     So.  5-6    5.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Key Reserves
G   Erin Stovall       Fr.  5-9    9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F   Lesley Brown       Jr.  6-0    5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F   Chalois Lias       Fr.  6-0    3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg
F   Dean'na Mitchelson Fr.  6-2    1.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
C   Elena Kravchenko   Fr.  6-10   1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg
How the Teams Match-up
              Virginia   Mt. St. Mary's
Points          66.6     64.4
Scoring Defense 59.4     72.6
Rebounds        39.1     35.4
Rebound Margin  +3.0     -6.4
FG %            .401     .414
FG% Defense     .392     .396
3-pt FG %       .286     .308
FT %            .654     .729
Assists         13.7     14.6
Turnovers       21.6     23.4
Blocks          6.3      2.4
Steals          12.9     7.6

Next Up For the Cavaliers: Exams and Holiday
After tonight's game, Virginia has 19 days off for exams and the holiday season. The Cavaliers return to action on Dec. 28 at California for a 2 p.m. (pacific time) contest with the Golden Bears. The West Coast swing continues with a Dec. 30 game at Santa Clara with a 4:30 p.m. tip-off (pacific time).

Wendy Palmer To Be Honored
The number 31, worn by two-time All-American Wendy Palmer, will be retired in a ceremony on Jan. 2, prior to the game with Florida State. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Palmer, who became the first women's player in UVa history to record over 1000 points and 1000 rebounds, was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and a three-time All-ACC First Team selection.

At Virginia, Palmer ranks first in career rebounds (1221), second in career field goals made (780), third in career scoring (1918), seventh in career steals (219), seventh in career free throws made (327) and ninth in games played (126).

After she graduated in 1996 with a degree in history, Palmer played professional basketball in Europe and was selected in the elite draft by the Utah Starzz of the WNBA.

Schedule Changes Now Total Three
1. 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.

2. Feb. 19 game at Wake Forest has been changed to Feb. 18. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

3. Jan. 2 game vs. Florida State has been moved to 6:00 p.m. due to Bowl Games. The original tip-off time was 7:30 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 of the William & Mary game (Nov. 16), 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 57 career

Kate Mooney
three-pointers which moves her ahead of Donna Holt (49) for seventh place all-time. McKinney has a total of 51 three-pointers in her career which moves her into eighth 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

Foote photo
Monick Foote (File photo)
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

Mimi McKinney
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

Debbie Ryan
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 468-156.

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.

In the Polls: The Cavaliers dropped to number 12 in the AP poll released earlier today. The USA Today poll will be released tomorrow.

Points From the Pine: The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 18.3 points per game this season, which is 27.5 percent of the total offense. Erin Stovall is the top reserve, averaging 9.0 points from the bench.

Double Figures: Erin Stovall is one of three Cavaliers who have scored in double figures in four or more games this season. Walker leads the team in double-figure games with six, followed by Mimi McKinney and Stovall with four apiece.

Brown Is Unlikely Assist-to-Turnover Leader: Lesley Brown is the only player on the team with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. She has seven assists and only five turnovers while averaging 14.2 minutes per game.

ACC Leaders: DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots (3.6 bpg) and has 25 blocks for the season.

As a team, Virginia leads the league in steals (12.9 stp) and blocks (6.3 bpg).

Four Cavaliers rank in the top 10 in steals: Renee Robinson (2nd, 2.9 spg), Mimi McKinney (fourth, 2.4 spg), Erin Stovall (fourth, 2.4 spg) and Walker (eighth, 2.3 spg). (stats as of Dec. 8, 1997)

Career High: Lisa Hosac recorded a career high 17 points in the season opener vs. William & Mary on Nov. 16.

Double-Double: Lisa 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.

DeMya Walker recorded her first double-double of the year with her 13 point, 14 rebound performance vs. VCU on Nov. 29.

Home Sweet Home: Virginia has won 106 of its last 113 games (.938) in University Hall since the 1991 season. The Cavaliers are 276-49 (.849) all-time in U-Hall.