Feb. 8, 1998

Virginia Travels to College Park

#13 Virginia 
(16-5, 7-4) 
at Maryland 
(13-8, 6-5)
Feb. 9, 1998  
7:00 p.m.
WINA Radio 1070 AM  
HTS-TV
Cole Field House 
(14,500)
College Park, Md.
Storyline on Virginia

The Cavaliers are on a three-game winning streak and have relied on the sharp shooting of three-point specialist Kate Mooney to notch those wins. Mooney is averaging 21.0 points and 5.3 three-pointers per game in the last three games and has been the leading scorer in those games.

Mimi McKinney leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), followed by DeMya Walker (14.6 ppg) and Erin Stovall (10.1 ppg). Walker leads the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocks (3.3 bpg).

In all games, the Cavaliers are 10-1 at home, 6-3 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-1 at home, 2-3 on the road.

Series with Maryland

Tonight's game is the 49th meeting between the two teams and Virginia holds a 28-20 advantage in the series. The Cavaliers have won the last 13 meetings with Maryland and the series with the Terps is one of Virginia's oldest and longest continuous rivalries which dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Cavaliers are 9-10 in Cole Field House but have not lost in this venue since a 70-66 loss on Jan. 20, 1993.

The Terps dominated in the first 24 games of the series, winning 13 of those games, while Virginia has had control in the last half of the series, posting 17 wins in 24 tries since the 1987-88 season.

Hoo's Hot

Prior to the Jan. 30 game vs. Georgia Tech, Kate Mooney had only connected on 18 three-pointers this season. She was 0-10 from the field in the Duke game (Jan. 23) and then went 0-2 in the Old Dominion game (Jan. 27). But in the last three games, Mooney has shot .513 (20-39) from the field and has led the team in scoring in each game. In addition, she was 16-29 (.552) from beyond the arc during that stretch.

She recorded a career-high 20 points in the 93-57 win over Georgia Tech (Jan. 30) and then hit a new career-high of 22 points in the 83-76 overtime win at Florida State (Feb. 1). She continued the barrage with 21 points in the 72-55 win over Clemson (Feb. 5). She is the only player on the current roster to have scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games.

She tied the school record for three-point field goals in a game with seven treys in the Florida State game and tied the school record for three-point field goals in a half with five in the first half against the Seminoles.

Countdown to 1000

DeMya Walker needs only 17 points to reach the 1000-point mark in her career. She currently has 983 points and with a good night tonight, she will become the 15th player in school history to reach the 1000-point plateau.

Probable Virginia Starters

Pos.    No. Player          Cl. Ht. Stats
F       20  Lisa Hosac      So. 6-2 7.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg
F       40  Kate Mooney     Jr. 6-0 6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg
C       22  DeMya Walker    Jr. 6-2 14.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg
G       21  Mimi McKinney   Sr. 5-9 15.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg
G       3   Erin Stovall    Fr. 5-9 10.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Off the Bench

Pos.    No. Player              Cl. Ht.     Stats
G       12  Katie Tracy         Fr. 5-5     1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
G       5   Renee Robinson      So. 5-6     3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
F       30  Chalois Lias        Fr. 6-0     3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
F       00  Dean'na Mitchelson  Fr. 6-2     1.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
C       14  Elena Kravchenko    Fr. 6-10    1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg
F       4   Lesley Brown        Jr. 6-0     7.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Last Game Vs. Maryland

No. 9 Virginia came out thinking offense and redemption. Coming into the Jan. 8 game against Maryland, the Cavaliers had scored 80 or more points only once this season and were coming off a loss to unranked Clemson. Virginia opened the game with an 11-0 run, led 44-23 at the half and never let up in the second half en route to an 86-60 victory over the Terrapins.

"It's good to see us start putting points up on the board and see some players loosen up ... and start shooting the ball much better," said coach Debbie Ryan.

After averaging 67.8 points a game, the Cavaliers shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second half and 54 percent (35-of-65) for the game with Demya Walker scoring 16 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking four shots. Maryland got no closer than 58-42 after alayup by Stephanie Cross with 12:59 left.

"This team has started to get a little confidence," Ryan said. "I think the way we handled the loss at Clemson made all the difference. In the locker room, they were devastated, and I told them it was their best game of the season. ... I said, `We just have to win enough games to get in the tournament because by March, we're going to be pretty darn good."'

Erin Stovall added 15 points for Virginia (11-2, 2-2) and Dean'na Mitchelson had 11. Cross, a reserve, led the Terrapins with 17 points, Kalisa Davis had 15 and Branka Bogunovic 12.

"We didn't try to back off or be careful," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "We went right at them."

Regardless, Virginia scored 25 points off Maryland's 16 turnovers and limited the Terrapins to two points on second-chance shots, while scoring 22 when getting the offensive rebound. The Cavaliers had a 42-32 rebounding advantage.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 478-162 (.747) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference wins (197) and winning percentage (.748).

Ready to Play

Point guard Renee Robinson, who missed two games due to a concussion, was cleared to play in last Thursday's game with Clemson. Robinson suffered the injury in the Old Dominion game (Jan. 27) when she collided with Mery Andrade at midcourt.

She was knocked unconscious, butreturned to play in that game. However, on the team's return to Charlottesville, Robinson was diagnosed with a concussion and was sidelined for the Georgia Tech game (Jan. 30) and the Florida State game (Feb.1).

Robinson leads the team in assists with (3.7) and steals (2.3). In the Clemson game, Robinson did not start but played 11 minutes.

Need For Three's

The Cavaliers are shooting .337 (88-261) from three-point range in the 16 wins this season. In the five losses, the percentage drops to .232 (26-112). In the last two wins, Virginia is shooting an impressive .397 (27-68) from beyond the arc.

Home Sweet Home

The Cavaliers are 282-50 (.849) during the last 24 years at home and are 120-9 (.930) in University Hall since 1990.

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.

Kate Mooney has also recorded a season-high 34 three-pointers. Her previous high was 27 treys in her freshman season.

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

    DeMya Walker
        blocked shots   3.5 first
        field goal %    .55.9%  fourth
        rebounds        7.9 fourth
        scoring         14.7    fifth
    Mimi McKinney
        scoring         15.7    third
        3-pt FG         2.3 second
        free throw %    78.6%   fourth
        steals          2.4 second
        3-pt FG%        36.4%   fourth
        assists         3.8 sixth
        field goal %    .38.9%  tenth
    Erin Stovall
        steals          2.3 fourth
        free throw %    71.4%   fifth
    Lisa Hosac
        rebounds    7.3 seventh
    Renee Robinson
        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 (.392).

Breaking Into The Top 10

DeMya Walker has 608 rebounds in her career and moved into Virginia's Top 10 in career rebounding. Walker moved ahead of Nancy Mayer (1983-87), who had 601 rebounds, in the career rankings.

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.

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.)   20  85  4.3
2.  DeMya Walker (Virginia)         21  69  3.5
3.  Teresa Jenkins (Florida A & M)  19  59  3.1
4.  Myndee Larsen (Southern Utah)   19  56  2.9
5.  Cortney Moore (Samford)         18  51  2.8
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 221 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)   85  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 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    95   82    246
    7.  Kate Mooney      72   80    241
    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 seventh-ranked 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.

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. 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 internet (www.audionet.com).

The remaining network broadcasts are:

        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.