Virginia Hosts the Clemson Tigers
#22 Clemson at #13 Virginia
Feb. 5, 1998 -- 7:30 p.m.
WINA Radio 1070 AM -- WNVT-TV
University Hall -- Charlottesville, Va.
Storyline on Virginia
The Cavaliers are on a two-game winning streak and they have relied
on the sharp shooting of three-point specialist Kate Mooney to notch those
wins. Mooney recorded a career-high 20 points in the 93-57 win over
Georgia Tech on Jan. 30 and then hit a new career-high of 22 points in the
83-76 overtime win at Florida State on Feb. 1. Mooney tied the school
record for three-point field goals in a game with seven treys in the
Florida State game. In the last two games, Mooney is shooting 57.9% from
beyond the arc (11-19) in the last two games.
Mimi McKinney leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg), followed by
DeMya Walker (14.6 ppg) and Erin Stovall (10.0 ppg). Walker leads the team
in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and blocks (3.5 bpg).
In all games, the Cavaliers are 9-1 at home, 6-3 on the road and
0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 4-1 at home, 2-3 on the
Series With Clemson
This Thursday, the Cavaliers entertain Clemson who has notched two
consecutive wins on the Cavaliers' home court. The Tigers are the only
conference team to win two straight games in University Hall since N.C.
State defeated Virginia in consecutive games in University Hall in 1981-82
The Cavaliers hold a slim 23-21 edge in the series, but Clemson has
closed the gap in the last three years. Clemson has won six out of the last
seven games between the two teams. Clemson is 7-11 at University Hall.
On the Injured List
Point guard Renee Robinson missed the last two games due to a
concussion that she suffered in the Old Dominion game (Jan. 27) when she
collided with Mery Andrade at midcourt. She was knocked unconscious, but
returned to play in that game. She leads the team in assists with (3.7) and
steals (2.3). She will be re-evaluated later this week to determine her
status for Thursday's game with Clemson.
She is the third guard to fall 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 477-162 (.747) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference
wins (196) and winning percentage (.748).
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 44 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
Blocked shots 3.5 first
field goal % .55.9% fourth
scoring 14.7 sixth
scoring 15.7 third
3-pt FG 2.3 second
free throw % 78.6% fourth
steals 2.4 third
3-pt FG% 36.4% fifth
assists 3.8 seventh
field goal % .38.9% tenth
steals 2.3 fourth
free throw % 71.4% fourth
rebounds 7.3 seventh
steals 2.3 fourth
assists 3.7 eighth
As a team, Virginia leads the league in steals (12.5) and
blocks (6.0). The team ranks second in field goal percentage defense
Countdown to 1000
DeMya Walker is getting closer to 1000 points. She currently has
969 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 599 rebounds in her career and needs only two 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) 20 69 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) 84 221 2.6
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 94 82 241
7. Kate Mooney 71 75 231
8. Kathy McConnell 62 64 210
9. Donna Holt 32 49 128
10. Wendy Palmer 126 31 96