Jan. 14, 1998
Virginia Travels to North Carolina
#15 Virginia at #7 North Carolina
Jan. 15, 1998 - 7:00 p.m. - WINA Radio 1070 AM
Carmichael Auditorium (10,000) - Chapel Hill, N.C.
#15 Virginia (11-3, 2-3)
The Cavaliers will be looking for their first conference win on the
road tonight against seventh-ranked North Carolina. Virginia is 0-2 in ACC
games on the road with losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson. Virginia is 7-1
at home, 4-2 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season. North
Carolina is the second consecutive ranked opponent Virginia will face this
season. UVa lost to #17 N. C. State on Sunday. The Cavaliers have not lost
consecutive games in the same season since 1992-93 when they lost to
Vanderbilt and Ohio State.
Virginia dropped from number nine to 15th in the most recent AP
poll after losses to Clemson and N.C. State. Last Sunday, the Cavaliers
lost a tough one down as the stretch as 17th-ranked N.C. State closed out
the game with an 11-0 run to defeat the Cavaliers 67-59 on Jan. 11. It was
the first home loss of the season for the Cavaliers. DeMya Walker led
Virginia in scoring with 20 points and eight rebounds in that game.
Walker leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) followed by McKinney
(14.1 ppg) and Erin Stovall (10.7 ppg). Walker leads the team in rebounding
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record
of 473-160 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC's leader in
conference wins (193) and winning percentage (.748).
The Cavaliers are a young team this year with only one senior.
Seniors Monick Foote and Tiffany Bower are out for the season with injuries.
This is the 48th meeting between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels.
Virginia holds a 26-21 advantage in the series, but North Carolina has won
the previous two meetings. The Tar Heels swept the Cavaliers last year for
the first time since the 1984-85 season.
Virginia is 10-10 on North Carolina's home court. The last time Virginia won in Chapel Hill,
it was Feb. 12, 1996 and the Cavaliers took home a 83-70 win.
Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F Lisa Hosac Jr. 6-2 7.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg
F DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 15.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg
G Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 14.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
G Renee Robinson So. 5-6 4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Off the Bench
G Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9 10.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G Katie Tracy Fr. 5-5 1.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg
F Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0 3.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
F Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2 2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg
C Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
How the Team Match Up
Points 68.5 83.3
Points Allowed 60.1 62.2
Rebounds 39.3 43.3
Rebound Margin +0.8 +2.7
FG % .418 .435
FG% defense .382 .397
3-pt FG % .292 .335
FT % .638 .669
Assists 14.2 16.1
Turnovers 20.8 15.0
Blocks 6.2 2.7
Steals 12.8 12.0
In Virginia's last four games, DeMya Walker is averaging 19.0
points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game and is shooting 62.0 percent
from the field. She has scored in double figures in every game but two this
Erin Stovall has come off the bench to average 12.5 points, 2.5
rebounds for the Cavaliers in the last four games. She has scored in double
figures in the last six games and is the team's third leading scorer.
Home Sweet Home
The Cavaliers are 279-50 during the last 24 years at home and are
117-9 in University Hall since 1990.
Points From the Pine
The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 24.1 points per
game this season, which is 35.1 percent of the total offense. Erin Stovall
is the top reserve, averaging 10.7 points from the bench.
The bench crew contributed 50 points in the Cavaliers 86-60 win
over Maryland on Jan. 8.
Hitting The Three's
Mimi McKinney has 25 three-pointers this season which ties her
season high total for three's. She had 25 treys last year for her best year
from behind the arc.
Cavs In ACC Slump
The 2-3 start in ACC action this season is the Cavaliers worst
start in conference play since the 1982-83 season when Virginia went 1-4
through its first five conference games.
DeMya Walker is one of three Cavaliers who have scored in double
figures in nine or more games this season. Walker leads the team in
double-figure games with 12, followed by Erin Stovall with 10 and Mimi
McKinney with nine.
ACC Leaders (as of Jan. 13)
DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots (3.6 bpg). Walker
also ranks third in field goal percentage (.573).
Mimi McKinney ranks third in free throw percentage (.783), ninth in
assists (3.8) and third in three-point field goals per game (1.9).
As a team, Virginia leads the league in steals (12.8) and blocks
(6.2). The team ranks second in scoring defense (60.1) and field goal
percentage defense (.382).
DeMya Walker's eight blocks is a season-high for the conference,
tied with Florida State's Brooke Wyckoff.
As a team, Virginia has achieved the league high in four
categories: 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).
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 14.0 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
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 this season. 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.
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 has four double-doubles for the season. She 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. She recorded 16 points-13
rebounds on Jan. 8 vs. Maryland for her fourth double-double.
The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in nine of their 14 games
this season, but are 6-3 in those games.
Virginia has been out-rebounded in it last six games.
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. she ranks fifth in ACC history in blocked shots.
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
Mimi McKinney and Kate Mooney are tied for seventh place in the
three-point field goal career standings with 62 career three-pointers. They
each need three more treys to move ahead of Kathy McConnell in sixth place.
Tora Suber is Virginia's all-time leader in three-point field goals
made with 220.
Virginia's 86-point performance against Maryland on Jan. 8 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.
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.
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, Thomas, who passed away in June.
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 hails
from Timberlake, N.C. and graduated from Person Senior High School.
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.
Cavaliers on Radio
All of the University of Virginia women's basketball games are
broadcast on WINA Radio 1070 AM. Rob Shaffer calls the play-by-play with
color commentary provided by Robbie Robinson. In addition to WINA's
broadcast of all the games locally, seven of the remaining 12 regular
season games will be broadcast state-wide on the Virginia Sports Radio
Network. The network games will also be picked up by AudioNet on the
The network broadcasts are:
Jan. 30 vs. Georgia Tech 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 vs. Clemson 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 at Maryland 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 at N.C. State 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 vs. North Carolina 4 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Wake Forest 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 vs. Duke 2 p.m.
Public Television To Air Games
Fans of UVa women's basketball can now watch the Cavaliers on
public television. Central Virginia's Public TV, WHTJ-TV 41 will broadcast
the Jan. 30 game vs. Georgia Tech on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. and the Feb.
5 game vs. Clemson on tape delay at 11:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast
live in northern Virginia on public television station WNVT Falls Church.
Production funding for the public television broadcast of these UVa
women's basketball games is made possible, in part, by grants from Nike and
by the University of Virginia Continuing Education Centers in Northern
Virginia and Richmond.