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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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).
Erin Stovall's seven steals against California is the league high
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.
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).
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.
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
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. 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
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
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
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.
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
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.