Dec. 23, 1997

Cavs Travel to California

at California (Dec. 28), 2:00 p.m. (PST)
at Santa Clara (Dec. 30), 4:30 p.m. (PST)

#10 Virginia (7-1): Virginia returns to action after a 19-day hiatus and is 7-1 as it enters the Dec. 28 game at California. The Cavaliers have been off since Dec. 8 when they defeated Mt. St. Mary's 63-37 at home. The 19-day break was welcome relief for the Cavaliers who were hit with the injury bug in early December.

Leading scorer DeMya Walker underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 9 to repair torn cartilage in her right knee. Mimi McKinney did not play in the Dec. 8 game due to a bone bruise on her right knee and Renee Robinson left the Dec. 8 game with a mild sprain of her left ankle.

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Mimi McKinney.

Walker leads the team in scoring with 14.6 ppg, followed by McKinney with 13.1 ppg and Erin Stovall with 8.8 ppg. Walker leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 rpg and blocked shots with 4.4 bpg.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 469-158 (.748) into tonight's game.

Virginia is 5-0 at home, 2-1 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season.

This is the Cavaliers' second trip in its history to the San Francisco area. Virginia played in the Cardinal Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. during the 1986-87 season. Virginia defeated Illinois 97-71 on Dec. 29, 1986 and defeated Stanford 69-66 on their home floor on Dec. 30. Two days later, the Cavaliers defeated Pacific 101-79 on New Year's Day in Stockton, Calif.

California (4-5): The Bears have been idle since losing to Ohio State 85-72 in the finals of the Oakland Tribune Classic on Dec. 20. Cal defeated George Mason 70-69 in double overtime 70-69 in the opening round of the tournament. Three of the Bears losses have been by three points or less.

Six foot senior forward Amber Lacey (11.6 ppg) leads the team in scoring followed by 6-1 freshman forward Masa Radovic (10.8 ppg), 5-11 sophomore guard Paige Bowie (10.6 ppg) and 6-3 junior forward Jennie Leander (10.4). Lacey leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg).

Santa Clara (7-3): The Broncos, picked to finish first in the West Coast Conference with Portland, lost to N.C. State (87-63) and defeated Loyola Marymount (75-53) in the Seattle Times Classic on Dec. 20-21.

Three starters are averaging in double figures in scoring led by 5-7 senior guard Lisa Sacco (11.4 ppg), followed by 6-2 junior forward Brook Staebell (11.0 ppg) and 6-6 sophomore center Christine Rigby (10.4 ppg). Rigby leads the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg).

Santa Clara and Virginia have had one common opponent already this year, VCU. The Broncos defeated the Rams 75-60 on Dec. 5 at the Rice University Tournament in Houston, Texas.

Series Records: This is the first time Virginia will meet California and Santa Clara.

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player         Cl.    Ht.     Stats
F    Lisa Hosac     Jr.    6-2     7.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg
F    DeMya Walker   Jr.    6-2    14.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg
G    Kate Mooney    Jr.    6-0     6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G    Mimi McKinney  Sr.    5-9    13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
G    Renee Robinson So.    5-6     4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg

How the Teams Match-up

                     Virginia    Cal   Santa Clara
    Points               66.1    64.9    78.5
    Scoring Defense      56.6    65.1    59.3
    Rebounds             41.2    41.6    39.9
    Rebound Margin       +4.0    +4.7    +0.4
    FG %                 .405    .393    .498
    FG% Defense          .359    .401    .344
    3-pt FG %            .280    .152    .342
    FT %                 .642    .605    .648
    Assists              13.9    13.1    18.9
    Turnovers            21.9    19.2    22.0
    Blocks                7.3     2.8     3.3
    Steals               12.5     9.1    13.3

Ryan Adds Tracy To Roster Katie Tracy, a 5-5 freshman point guard from Richmond, Va., was added to the Virginia roster on Dec. 12. Tracy, who started all 21 games for the Virginia women's soccer team this past Fall, will bolster the Cavalier roster that has been hit hard with injuries. UVa began the season without guards Tiffany Bower and Monick Foote who are out for the year with injuries.

Tracy was a three-time Dominion District Player of the Year and a two-time Central Region Player of the Year in basketball as well as the Virginia High School League State Player of the Year. Tracy led James River High School to the the state finals last season and averaged 14.0 points for her prep career. She was also the Richmond Times Dispatch Player of the Year as a junior and a senior and a three-time All-State selection in basketball.

"Katy is going to add a perimeter player to our line-up which we desperately need," said head coach Debbie Ryan. "She is an intelligent player and will be a very big contributor by the end of the year."

As a midfielder for head coach April Heinrichs and the nationally ranked UVa soccer team, Tracy was the team's fourth leading scorer with four goals and four assists. The soccer team posted a 14-5-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. During her prep soccer career, she was a NSCAA and Parade All-American.

This is not the first time Ryan has dipped into the athletic talent from other teams at UVa. In the 1993-94 season Heidi Waterman, a field hockey player, joined the team in mid-December of 1993, played in a total of eight games and averaged 0.4 points per game.

Cal Associate Athletic Director a UVA Alumna Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator at at Cal, Chris Dawson, is a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia and played basketball for the Cavaliers from 1974-75. She was a member of UVa's first basketball team in 1974.

Injury Bug Bites Hard In Early December DeMya Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery on Dec. 9 following several weeks of enduring a torn cartilage in her right knee. Mimi McKinney who was nursing a sore knee following the St. Francis game on Dec. 3, re-aggravated the injury in her right knee in the Georgia Tech game on Dec. 6. She was diagnosed with a bone bruise. and missed the Dec. 8 game vs. Mt. St. Mary's due to the injury. She resumed practice on Dec. 10. Also participating in the injury parade was Renee Robinson who left the Mt. St. Mary's game with a mild sprain of her left ankle. After several days of rest, she resumed practice on Dec. 10.

Next Up For the Cavaliers: Florida State After the team's swing through California, they return home to face Florida State on Jan. 2. The Cavaliers hold a 14-0 advantage in the series with the Seminoles. FSU is 4-7 on the year, but lost by only three points to nationally ranked Florida International (66-63) and lost by three to Clemson (87-84). The Seminoles are 0-2 in conference action with their other ACC loss to N.C. State (72-60).

In the Polls: The Cavaliers moved up to number 10 in both the AP and USA Today polls following their 63-37 win over Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8.

Points From the Pine: The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 21.8 points per game this season, which is 33.0 percent of the total offense. Erin Stovall is the top reserve, averaging 8.8 points from the bench.

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Erin Stovall.

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 seven, 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 13.9 minutes per game.

ACC Leaders: DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots (3.9 bpg) and has 31 blocks for the season. She also ranks third in field goal percentage (.575, 46-80).

As a team, Virginia leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.359), steals (12.5 stp) and blocks (7.3 bpg).

Four Cavaliers rank in the top 10 in steals: Renee Robinson (2nd, 2.6 spg), Mimi McKinney (fourth, 2.4 spg), Erin Stovall (fourth, 2.4 spg) and Walker (sixth, 2.3 spg). Ństats as of Dec. 22, 1997

Career Highs: DeMya Walker recorded a career high 17 rebounds vs. Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8.

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. She recorded her second one against Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8 with 19 points-17 rebounds.