Jan. 17, 1998
Virginia Hosts Wake Forest
Wake Forest at #15 Virginia
Jan. 18, 1998 * 7:30 p.m. * WINA Radio 1070 AM
University Hall (8,457) * Charlottesville, Va.
#15 Virginia (12-3, 3-3)
The Cavaliers got a much-needed win on Thursday when they upset
seventh-ranked North Carolina 105-100 in triple overtime. The win over the
Tar Heels was Virginia's first victory over a ranked opponent and the first
conference win on the road this season. The Cavaliers needed the win to
even its conference record at 3-3. Mimi McKinney set a several school
records with her 48-point performance in that game.
McKinney, who now leads the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg, set the
school record for points in a game (48), three-point field goals in a half
(5, second half) and tied the school record with seven three-point field
goals. Her 48 points was the most points in an ACC game, but that total
ranks second all-time in the ACC behind Andrea Stinson's 50-point
performance vs. Providence on Dec. 3, 1989.
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record
of 474-160 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC's leader in
conference wins (194) 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 With Wake Forest
This is will be the 41st meeting between Wake Forest and Virginia.
The Cavaliers hold a 39-1 advantage in the series. The only Wake Forest
victory came on Jan. 13, 1978 when the Demon Deacons pulled out a 60-59 win
in University Hall.
Wake Forest Head Coach Charlene Curtis makes her first appearance
in U-Hall as coach of the Demon Deacons. Curtis served as an assistant to
Debbie Ryan in 1982 and 1983.
Probable Virginia Starters
Pos No. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F 20 Lisa Hosac Jr. 6-2 7.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
F 40 Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 4.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
C 22 DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg
G 21 Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 16.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg
G 5 Renee Robinson So. 5-6 4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Off the Bench
Pos No. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
G 3 Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9 11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
G 12 Katie Tracy Fr. 5-5 1.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg
F 4 Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 6.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F 30 Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0 3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F 00 Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2 2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg
C 14 Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Home Sweet Home
The Cavaliers are 279-50 during the last 24 years at home and are
117-9 in University Hall since 1990.
How the Teams Match Up
Virginia Wake Forest
Points 70.9 60.1
Points Allowed 62.8 67.8
Rebounds 40.2 36.4
Rebound Margin +0.8 -3.0
FG % .425 .399
FG% defense .380 .414
3-pt FG % .304 .297
FT % .635 .292
Assists 14.5 12.4
Turnovers 21.1 21.2
Blocks 6.5 2.1
Steals 12.7 7.1
McKinney Makes Mark
The hot hand this week belongs to Mimi McKinney who became the
first woman in Virginia history to record a 40+ game. She was 16-27 from
the field, 7-12 from three-point range and 9-13 from the charity stripe in
her 48-point performance against North Carolina in triple overtime (Jan.
15). She had 35 points at the end of regulation. The 48 points is the
most ever by a men's or women's Virginia player against a Division I
opponent. McKinney's 48 points ranks second all-time in Virginia
basketball history behind Barry Parkhill's 51 points vs. Baldwin-Wallace
(Dec. 11, 1971) and ties with Buzzy Wilkerson's 48-point game vs.
Hampden-Sydney (Dec. 1, 1954).
She eclipsed the women's single game scoring record of 39
established by Wendy Palmer vs. Maryland (Jan. 25, 1995).
Points From the Pine
The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 24.5 points per
game this season, which is 35.0 percent of the total offense. Erin Stovall
is the top reserve, averaging 11.0 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 32 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.
DeMya Walker is one of three Cavaliers who have scored in double figures
in 10 or more games this season. Walker leads the team in double-figure
games with 13, followed by Erin Stovall with 11 and Mimi McKinney with10.
ACC Leaders (as of Jan. 13)
DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots (3.8]). Walker also
ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.580).
Mimi McKinney ranks third in scoring (16.5)second in three-point
field goals per game (2.3), third in free throw percentage (.763), fifth in
steals (2.4]) and ninth in assists (3.9).
As a team, Virginia leads the league in steals (12.6) and blocks
(6.5). The team ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.380).
Mimi McKinney's 48 points vs. North Carolina is the ACC's season
high in points. She also holds the season-high in field goals made (16) and
three-point field goals made (7). 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. The Cavaliers had been
out-rebounded in the six games prior to the North Carolina game, but broke
that streak by claiming a 53-52 margin on the glass against the Tar Heels.
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.
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.
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.