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 (8.3 rpg).

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.

Series Record 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

                 Virginia      UNC
   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

Who's Hot

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DeMya Walker.
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 season.

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

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Mimi McKinney.
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.

Double Figures 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).

ACC Season-Highs 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 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.

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.

Double-Doubles

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Lisa Hosac.
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.

Out-Rebounded 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. High Point

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 internet (www.audionet.com).

      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.