Jan. 31, 1998
Virginia vs. FSU Preview
#16 Virginia (14-5, 5-4) at Florida State (7-13, 3-7)
Feb. 1, 1998 -- 2:00 p.m.
WINA Radio 1070 AM -- Sunshine Network
Tully Gym (2,500) -- Tallahassee, Fla.
Today's game is a match-up of two of the ACC's top three scorers
and the league's top two shot blockers. FSU's Latavia Coleman ranks second
in the league with 18.3 ppg and Virginia's Mimi McKinney ranks third in the
league with 15.8 ppg. DeMya Walker leads the league in blocked shots with
3.5 blocks per game and Florida State's Brooke Wyckoff ranks second with
2.7 blocks per game.
Virginia snapped a two-game losing streak with a 93-57 win over
Georgia Tech and moved above .500 in the ACC for only the second time this
season. Kate Mooney scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Cavaliers to
the win over the Yellow Jackets. DeMya Walker and Mimi McKinney each scored
19. Walker had a game-high 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the
Florida State comes into the game looking to break a two-game
losing skid. The Seminoles lost to N.C. State 72-62 at home on Jan. 25 and
then lost at Clemson 85-56 on Jan. 29.
Series With Florida State
The Cavaliers hold a 15-0 advantage in the series with the Florida
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 not play in the Friday night game vs. Georgia
Tech and is questionable for Sunday's game at Florida State. She leads the
team in assists with (3.7) and steals (2.3).
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 and a
stress fracture in the right leg. 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 476-162 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference
wins (195) and winning percentage (.748).
Last Time Out with Florida State (Jan. 2, 1998)
The first half was ugly, and even though Virginia was leading,
Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan was unhappy. On its way to a 31-28 lead over
Florida State, the No. 9 Cavaliers had 15 turnovers and only gained the
slim advantage, thanks to a late 11-0 run.
"We just haven't become consistent with being able to control those
kinds of things," Ryan said of her team's tendency to play sloppily. "Now,
I just start to substitute when players turn the ball over."
Ryan's halftime displeasure had an immediate impact as the
Cavaliers started the second half with a 20-4 run to open a 19-point
lead and coasted to a 75-62 victory Friday night.
"We just played better in the second half," Ryan said. "We spread
things out better and we were able to knock some shots down."
DeMya Walker led the way for Virginia with 21 points, 13 rebounds,
a school-record eight blocks and four steals, but Seminoles first-year
coach Sue Semrau said the way Virginia came out after halftime told the
Florida State committed seven of its 32 turnovers during the blitz,
and Virginia finished with a 37-17 advantage in points scored off miscues.
"A good program knows what it takes to get things going," Semrau
said. "They came out attacking us and we didn't handle it well." The
Seminoles never got closer than nine points after the run.
Mimi McKinney added 20 points and Erin Stovall had 13 for the
Cavaliers, who won despite committing 25 turnovers - 15 in the opening
The Seminoles were led by Latavia Coleman with 19 points and 13
rebounds, and Brooke Wyckoff with 14 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
How the Teams Match Up
Virginia Florida State
Points 70.5 66.5
Points Allowed 64.6 72.2
Rebounds 38.7 37.6
Rebound Margin -1.4 +2.1
FG % .420 .418
FG% defense .390 .441
3-pt FG % .297 .288
FT % .641 .617
Assists 13.8 12.6
Turnovers 20.1 24.9
Blocks 6.0 4.8
Steals 12.4 9.8
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.
The Cavaliers have been out-rebounded in 11 of 19 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).
Hitting The Three's
Mimi McKinney has 43 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.
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 281-50 (.849) during the last 24 years at home
and are 119-9 (.930) 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)
Blocked shots 3.7 first
field goal % .56.3% fourth
scoring 14.7 seventh
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
steals 22 sixth
free throw % 70.6% fifth
rebounds 7.2 eighth
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
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.
Countdown to 1000
DeMya Walker is getting closer to 1000 points. She currently has
957 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 the 1000-point
Breaking Into The Top 10
DeMya Walker has 591 rebounds in her career and needs only 10 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
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 4.1 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) 19 67 3.5
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
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) 83 219 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
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 93 81 235
7. Kate Mooney 70 68 217
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.
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 score over 40
points in a 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 in the Maryland game on Jan. 25, 1995.
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. Her fifth and most recent
came on Jan. 30 with 19 points-12 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech.
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 remaining network broadcasts are:
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.