Jan. 30, 1998

Women's Basketball Takes on Georgia Tech

  • Georgia Tech (9-10, 2-7) at #16 Virginia (13-5, 4-4)
  • Jan. 30, 1998 -- 7:30 p.m.
  • WINA Radio 1070 AM -- WNVT-TV PBS
  • University Hall (8,457) -- Charlottesville, Va.

    Series With Georgia Tech
    This is the 43rd meeting between Georgia Tech and Virginia and the Cavaliers lead the series 38-4. The Yellow Jackets have won two of the last three contests, but have never been victorious in 18 tries at University Hall.

    Georgia Tech posted a win over the Cavaliers already this season with a 84-65 win in Atlanta on Dec. 6, 1997. In that game, DeMya Walker was the only Cavalier to score in double figures with 15 points.

    #16 Virginia (13-5, 4-4)
    Virginia looks to avenge the early season loss to the Yellow Jackets an break a two-game losing skid tonight when the Yellow Jackets visit University Hall.

    The Cavaliers suffered their second consecutive loss of the season with a 80-51 loss to third-ranked Old Dominion on Tuesday. This was the first time since the 1992-93 season that Virginia dropped two consecutive games in a season.

    On the Injured List
    UVa will be without the services of point guard Renee Robinson who suffered a concussion in the Old Dominion game when she collided with Mery Andrade at midcourt. She was knocked unconscious, but returned to play in that game. Robinson will miss tonight's game and is questionable for Sunday's game at Florida State. She leads the team in assists with 3.7 apg.

    She is the third guard to succumb to injury this season. Robinson follows Monick Foote and Tiffany Bower on the injured list. 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. Bower suffered a torn left achilles tendon on the third day of practice this season.

    Head Coach Debbie Ryan
    Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 475-162 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference wins (194) and winning percentage (.748).

    Last Time Out With Georgia Tech
    Carla Munnion scored 19 points as all five starters scored in double figures as Georgia Tech pounded 10th-ranked Virginia, 84-65 on Dec. 6. Betsy Foy added 18 points for the Yellow Jackets, who held Virginia to 24 percent shooting in the second half and outscored the Cavaliers, 36-24, in the final 20 minutes.

    Shelli Novotny netted 16 points and six assists for Georgia Tech, which shot 46 percent (27-of-59) from the field and forced 19 turnovers.

    DeMya Walker scored 15 points and Mimi McKinney and Lesley Brown added nine apiece for Virginia (6-1), which shot 33 percent (24-of-73) overall, including 4-of-23 from three-point range.

    How the Team Match Up Tonight

                    Virginia    Ga.Tech
    Points            69.2        65.5
    Points Allowed    65.0        70.5
    Rebounds          38.4        42.5
    Rebound Margin    -1.9        +2.8
    FG %              .417        .399
    FG% defense       .394        .420
    3-pt FG %         .285        .309
    FT %              .634        .636
    Assists           13.4        11.9
    Turnovers         20.4        20.8
    Blocks             6.1         2.7
    Steals            12.4         6.3

    Points From the Pine
    The bench crew contributed 50 points in the Cavaliers 86-60 win over Maryland on Jan. 8 led by Erin Stovall with 15 points and Dean'na Mitchelson with 11.

    Lesley Brown recorded a career-high 21 points off the bench vs. California (Dec. 28) and nearly matched that with 20 points vs. Duke (Jan. 23).

    Out-Rebounded
    The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in 11 of 18 games this season and are 6-5 in those games. The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in eight of their last 10 games, most recently by Wake Forest (43-30), Duke (43-29) and Old Dominion (49-29).

    The offensive boards have been the nemesis for Virginia this season as they pull down only 13.8 offensive boards per game on an average of 36.1 missed shots per game. If the Cavaliers end the season with a negative rebound margin, it will be the first time in nine years that Virginia will be out-rebounded for the season.

    Hitting The Three's
    Mimi McKinney has 39 three-pointers this season which is a new season total for her in three-point shooting. 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 12 or more games this season. Walker leads the team in double-figure games with 14, followed by Mimi McKinney with 13 and Erin Stovall with 12.

    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).

    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.

    Virginia in the ACC Stats (all games as of Jan. 28)

    DeMya Walker
        Blocked shots      3.7  first
        field goal %    .56.3%  fourth
        scoring           14.7  seventh
    Mimi McKinney
        scoring           15.6  third
        3-pt FG            2.3  third
        free throw %      76.2% third
        steals             2.4  third
        3-pt FG%          36.8% fifth
        assists            3.6  eighth
        field goal %     .39.2% tenth
    Erin Stovall
        steals              22  sixth
        free throw %      70.6% fifth
    Lisa Hosac
        rebounds           7.2  eighth
    Renee Robinson
        steals             2.3  fourth
        assists            3.7  seventh

    As a team, Virginia leads the league in steals (12.4) and blocks (6.1). The team ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.394).

    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.

    Countdown to 1000
    DeMya Walker is getting closer to 1000 points. She currently has 938 points for her career and if she continues to average 15.7 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.

    McKinney Makes Mark
    Mimi McKinney was scorching the nets on Jan. 15 in Chapel Hill, N.C. and she 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 fifth-ranked 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 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).

    Breaking Into The Top 10
    DeMya Walker has 579 rebounds in her career and needs only 22 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.)     18    74  4.1
    2.  DeMya Walker (Virginia)           18    66  3.7
    3.  Lasendia Baker (Mississippi Va.)  18    53  2.9
    4.  Teresa Jenkins (Florida A & M)    17    50  2.9
    5.  Mani Ortega (Idaho State)         18    52  2.9
        Myndee Larsen (Southern Utah)     18    52  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) 82    218   2.7

    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    92    77   226
        7.  Kate Mooney      69    64   212
        8.  Kathy McConnell  62    64   210
        9.  Donna Holt       32    49   128
        10. Wendy Palmer    126    31    96

    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 for the week of Jan. 19 after leading Virginia to a 105-100 upset of North Carolina.

    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
    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.

    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.

    See page 4 of the Virginia media guide for a listing of radio network affiliates that will air the games.

    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.