Jan. 4, 1998

Cavs Travel to Clemson

Virginia at Clemson
Jan. 5, 1998 - HTS-TV
Littlejohn Coliseum (11,020) - Clemson, S.C.

#9 Virginia (10-1, 1-1)
The Cavaliers won their first ACC game last Friday night with a 75-62 win over Florida State. Junior DeMya Walker led the team with 21 points and 13 rebounds and senior Mimi McKinney added 20 points in that game. Virginia has won four consecutive games and will be looking for its first conference win on the road when it plays at Clemson.

Walker leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) followed by McKinney (14.3) and freshman Erin Stovall with 10.3 ppg. Walker leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 rpg.

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Debbie Ryan.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 472-158 (.751) into tonight's game.

Virginia is 6-0 at home, 4-1 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season.

Clemson (11-2, 3-0)
Clemson is on an eight-game win streak and has posted wins over two ranked opponents in the last three weeks. The Tigers knocked off 11th-ranked Duke 72-61 on Dec. 13 and last Friday, defeated fifth-ranked North Carolina 77-63. In addition, Clemson lost by only three points to 13th-ranked Georgia 70-67 on Nov. 30.

Head Coach Jim Davis is in his 11th year and holds a 219-104 record at Clemson and a 238-112 career record.

Junior Amy Geren leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) followed by junior Itoro Umoh (11.3) and junior Natasha Anderson (10.5). Anderson leads the team in rebounding (4.9 rpg). Clemson is 5-0 at home, 3-2 on the road and 3-0 at neutral sites.

Series Record
The Cavaliers hold a slim 23-20 edge in the series, but Clemson has closed the gap in the last three years. Clemson has won five out of the last six games between the two teams. The Cavaliers won last year's meeting at Littlejohn 75-65 but know that playing Clemson on the road is tough. Virginia is 8-11 on Clemson's home court.

The last time these two teams met was in the semifinals of the 1997 ACC tournament with the Tigers winning 77-75 in overtime.

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos.  Player           Cl.   Ht.   Stats
F     Lisa Hosac       Jr.   6-2    7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
F     DeMya Walker     Jr.   6-2   14.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg
G     Kate Mooney      Jr.   6-0    5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
G     Mimi McKinney    Sr.   5-9   14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg
G     Renee Robinson   So.   5-6    4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Off the Bench
G    Erin Stovall       Fr.  5-9   10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G    Katie Tracy        Fr.  5-5    0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
F    Lesley Brown       Jr.  6-0    6.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
F    Chalois Lias       Fr.  6-0    3.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F    Dean'na Mitchelson Fr.  6-2    1.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg
C    Elena Kravchenko   Fr. 6-10    1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg

How the Teams Match Up

                    Virginia   Clemson
   Points           67.9       75.4
   Points Allowed   58.3       59.9
   Rebounds         40.4       43.7
   Rebound Margin   +1.5       +8.3
   FG %             .410       .434
   FG% defense      .363       .375
   3-pt FG %        .274       .421
   FT %             .658       .639
   Assists          13.1       13.8
   Turnovers        21.7       17.4
   Blocks            7.4        3.9
   Steals           13.7       10.5

In the Polls
The Cavaliers moved up to number nine in both the AP and USA Today polls on Dec. 29. The new poll for Jan. 5 was not available at time of printing.

Points From the Pine
The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 23.1 points per game this season, which is 34.0 percent of the total offense. Erin Stovall is the top reserve, averaging 10.3 points from the bench.

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

High Point
Virginia's 81-point performance against California on Dec. 28 was its highest point total of the season. This is the first time since 1989 that the Cavaliers did have a 100-point game in the first 10 games of the season.

Who's Hot
In Virginia's last three games, Mimi McKinney averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She scored her season-high 20 points against Florida State (Jan. 2).

DeMya Walker scored a season-high 21 points in the Florida State game. She was two blocks away from recording a triple-double with 21-points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks. Her eight blocks established a new UVa single-game record for blocks. The previous mark was seven held by Walker (twice), Heidi Burge and Jackie LaBerge.

ACC Leaders (as of Dec. 31)

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Lisa Hosac.

Lisa Hosac leads the ACC in free throw percentage (.867, 26-30) while DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots (3.9 bpg). Walker also ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.550, 55-100).

As a team, Virginia leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.360), scoring defense (57.9) steals (13.6) and blocks (7.0).

ACC Season-Highs
Erin Stovall's seven steals against California is the league high this season.

As a team, Virginia has achieved the league high in five categories: home attendance (2,801 vs. Virginia Tech), field goal percentage defense (.183 vs. Mt. St. Mary's), free throw percentage (.875 vs. Santa Clara), steals (25 vs. California), blocks (14, vs. Mt. St. Mary's).

Initials Honor Ryan's Father
The initials TJR that are embroidered on the shorts of the UVa players are to honor Debbie Ryan's father who passed away last June.

Next Up: Maryland
The Cavaliers return home to face Maryland on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Virginia holds a 27-20 advantage in one of its oldest rivalries. The Cavaliers have won the last 12 meetings between the two teams. The last time Virginia played the Terps in University Hall, Virginia won the game 60-42 (Jan. 9, 1997).

This season, Maryland is 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the ACC (prior to Sunday's contest with Wake Forest on Jan. 4).

Career Highs
DeMya Walker recorded a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8 and a career-high eight blocks vs. Florida State (Jan. 2).

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

Lesley Brown scored a career-high 21 points vs. California on Dec. 28. Erin Stovall scored a career-high 16 points vs. Santa Clara on Dec. 30.

Home Sweet Home
The Cavaliers are 278-49 during the last 24 years at home and are 116-8 in University Hall since 1990. Virginia has won nine straight games in U-Hall with the last loss occurring on Jan. 27, 1997 against North Carolina (75-71).

Double-Doubles
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.

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DeMya Walker.

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. Her third came on Jan. 2 vs. Florida State with 21 points-13 rebounds.

Walker Sets Another Blocked Shot Record
DeMya Walker set a new UVa single game record for blocked shots with eight blocks in the Florida State game on Jan. 2. She broke the old record of seven which was held by Walker (twice), Heidi Burge and Jacki LaBerge.

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. Climbing 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 58 career three-pointers which moves her ahead of Donna Holt (49) for seventh place all-time. McKinney has a total of 54 three-pointers in her career which moves her into eighth place in the career standings.

Tracy Added 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 14.0points 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.

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.

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.

Gardner Leaves Team

Senior Tammy Gardner ended her college career when she decided not to return to UVa for the Spring semester. Gardner, who graduated last May with a degree in psychology, saw action in three games this season. She was a graduate student in the Curry School of Education at UVa and has plans to enter physical therapy school.

ACC Teleconference
The weekly ACC teleconference begins next week on Jan. 8. Please check the ACC press release for times for all the coaches. Head Coach Debbie Ryan is scheduled for 11:56 every week. The media phone number is (212) 547-0297.

Wendy Palmer's Number Retired
Number 31, worn by two-time All-American Wendy Palmer, was retired in a ceremony on Jan. 2, prior to the game with Florida State.

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.