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Jan. 21, 1998

Virginia Travels to Duke

#11 Virginia at #24 Duke
Jan. 22, 1998  
*  7:00 p.m.   
*  WINA Radio 1070 AM
Cameron Indoor 
Stadium (9,314)   
*   Durham, N.C.

#11 Virginia (13-3, 4-3)
The Cavaliers have won two consecutive conference games to improve to 4-3 in the ACC. The win over Wake Forest on Sunday, put Virginia above .500 in the ACC standings for the first time this year. The Cavaliers moved up to number 11 from 15 in the AP poll, tied with North Carolina.

Virginia defeated Wake Forest 65-55 in their last outing (Jan. 15). DeMya Walker led the team with 23 points, five rebounds and six blocks. Lisa Hosac added 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals. Mimi McKinney, who was coming off her record-setting 48-point performance, had 10 points, seven rebounds and dished out six assists.

McKinney leads the team in scoring (16.1 ppg), followed by Walker (15.8 ppg) and Erin Stovall (10.3 ppg). Walker leads the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and Renee Robinson leads the team in assists (4.1 apg).

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 475-160 (.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 Duke
This is will be the 39th meeting between Duke and Virginia. The Cavaliers hold a 31-7 advantage in the series. Virginia has won the last two meetings between the two teams and three out of the last five. The Cavaliers are 14-5 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, including seven in a row, and have not lost in Durham since Jan. 16, 1990 when the Blue Devils defeated Virginia 84-74.

Last season on Duke's home court, Monick Foote scored 23 points to lead Virginia to a 86-56 win. Prior to last year's contest at Cameron, the average margin of victory in the previous four games was 3.0, including two overtime games in which the winning shots were made at the final horn.

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos.    No. Player          Cl. Ht.  Stats
F       20  Lisa Hosac      Jr. 6-2   7.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
F       40  Kate Mooney     Jr. 6-0   4.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
C       22  DeMya Walker    Jr. 6-2  15.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg
G       21  Mimi McKinney   Sr. 5-9  16.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
G       5   Renee Robinson  So. 5-6   3.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Off the Bench
Pos.    No. Player              Cl. Ht.     Stats
G       3   Erin Stovall        Fr. 5-9     10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G       12  Katie Tracy         Fr. 5-5     1.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg
F       4   Lesley Brown        Jr. 6-0     6.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F       30  Chalois Lias        Fr. 6-0     3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F       00  Dean'na Mitchelson  Fr. 6-2     2.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
C       14  Elena Kravchenko    Fr. 6-10    1.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg
How the Teams Match Up

                    Virginia    Duke
    Points          70.6        76.2
    Points Allowed  62.3        65.1
    Rebounds        39.6        38.1
    Rebound Margin  even        +4.2
    FG %            .428        .456
    FG% defense     .380        .424
    3-pt FG %       .301        .350
    FT %            .632        .671
    Assists         14.6        16.3
    Turnovers       20.7        18.5
    Blocks           6.5         2.3
    Steals          12.6         9.7
'Hoos Hot

Lisa Hosac has made quite an impression on the boards recently. She led the Cavaliers in rebounding the last two games including a game-high 15 rebounds vs. North Carolina and seven boards against Wake Forest. She scored 16 points and recorded career-high in steals (5) and assists (4) in the Wake Forest game .

On the offensive side, DeMya Walker has averaged 19.5 points per game in the last two games, including a game-high 23 points versus Wake Forest. She was 19-31 from the field (.613) and averaged 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game.

McKinney Makes Mark
Mimi McKinney.

The hot hand last week belonged 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).

McKinney Named Player of the Week

For the first time this season, a Virginia player was touted as the ACC Player of the Week. Mimi McKinney earned the honor after leading Virginia to a 105-100 upset of North Carolina.

Points From the Pine

The Cavalier reserves are contributing a total of 23.5 points per game this season, which is 33.3 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.


The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in nine of their 16 games this season, but are 6-3 in those games. The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in six of their last eight games, most recently by Wake Forest (43-30).

Hitting The Three's

Mimi McKinney has 34 three-pointers this season which is a new season total for three's. She had 25 treys last year for her best year from behind the arc.

Double Figures

DeMya Walker is one of three Cavaliers who have scored in double figures in 11 or more games this season. Walker leads the team in double-figure games with 14, followed by Erin Stovall and Mimi McKinney with 11.

ACC Season-Highs

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).

Virginia in the ACC Stats (all games as of Jan. 20)

    DeMya Walker
        Blocked shots   3.9 first
        field goal %    .58.0%  fourth
        scoring 15.8    fourth

    Mimi McKinney
        scoring 16.1    third
        3-pt FG 2.3 second
        3-pt FG%    38.6%   third
        free throw %    77.0%   third
        steals  2.3 fifth
        assists 4.0 eighth

    Erin Stovall
        steals  2.4 second
        free throw %    71.4%   fifth

    Lisa Hosac
        rebounds    7.3 seventh

    Renee Robinson
        steals  2.3 fifth
        assists 4.1 sixth

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Home Sweet Home

The Cavaliers are 280-50 (.848) during the last 24 years at home and are 118-9 (.929) in University Hall since 1990.

Walker Is UVa's All-Time Blocks Leader

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.

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.

Climbing Up The Charts

Mimi McKinney and Kate Mooney are moving up the chart in three-point shooting. McKinney's seven treys against UNC moved her ahead of Mooney.

Tora Suber is Virginia's all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 220.

        Player           G   Made   Att.
    1.  Tora Suber      127  220    666
    2.  Tammi Reiss     127  139    334
    3.  Dena Evans      134  129    370
    4.  Dawn Staley     131  124    371
    5.  Monick Foote     84  121    326
    6.  Mimi McKinney    90   72    208
    7.  Kate Mooney      67   64    204
    8.  Kathy McConnell  62   64    210
    9.  Donna Holt       32   49    128
    10. Wendy Palmer    126   31     96

Countdown to 1000
DeMya Walker is getting closer to 1000 points. She currently has 928 points for her career and if she continues to average 15.8 points per game, she could reach the 1000-point mark in the Maryland game on Feb. 9. She will become the 15th player in school history to reach 1000-points for her career.

Breaking Into The Top 10
DeMya Walker has 570 rebounds in her career and needs only 31 more rebounds to break into the Top 10 in career rebounding in Virginia history. Nancy Mayer (1983-87) holds onto the 10th spot in the career rankings with 601.

Walker Second in Nation in Blocks
DeMya Walker ranks second in the nation in blocked shots. Samantha Tomlinson of Troy State is top shot blocker in the country with 4.0 blocks per game. Here are the top five in that category:

    Player              (school)                 G    B   Avg.
1.  Samantha Tomlinson  (Troy St.)              15   60   4.0
2.  DeMya Walker        (Virginia)              16   63   3.9
3.  Myndee Larson       (So. Utah)              16   50   3.1
4.  Lasendia Baker      (Mississippi Va.)       16   47   2.9
5.  Delores Jones       (Northeastern Ill.)     15   44   2.9
Walker Fourth in ACC Blocks

Walker is closing in on the ACC numbers as well. Currently she ranks fourth in the conference in blocked shots with 215 career blocked shots.

    Player, school      (Years)           G      B   Avg.
1.  Dawn Royster, UNC   (1984-87)        110    329  3.0
2.  Peggy Caple, Clem   (1982-1985)      119    298  2.5
3.  Dolores Bootz, GaT  (1985-88)         91    245  2.7
4.  DeMya Walker, Va.   (1996- present)   80    215  2.7

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 (

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.


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