Feb. 14, 1998

North Carolina Visits Charlottesville

#5 North Carolina 
(19-5, 9-4) 
at #12 Virginia 
(17-6, 8-5)
Feb. 15, 1998
5:00 p.m.
WINA Radio 1070 AM  
ESPN-2
University Hall (8,457) 
Charlottesville, Va.
Quick Notes on Virginia

* The Cavaliers had a four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday when #11 N.C. State defeated #12 Virginia 70-63 in Raleigh, N.C. Virginia dropped to 8-5 in the ACC which is the most conference losses since the 1989-90 season when the Cavaliers posted a 8-6 record in the league.

* The last time the Cavaliers and Tar Heels played, Virginia held on in triple overtime to beat the Tar Heels 105-100 on Jan. 15 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mimi McKinney scored a school record 48 points and played the entire 55 minutes in that game.

* With a win tonight, Head Coach Debbie Ryan could notch her 200th ACC win, the first conference coach to reach that milestone.

* This season, Mimi McKinney leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), followed by DeMya Walker (14.9 ppg) and Erin Stovall (9.4 ppg). Walker leads the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and blocks (3.3 bpg). McKinney's rise as the team's top scorer was a surprise considering she only averaged 5.8 points per game in her previous three seasons.

* In all games, the Cavaliers are 10-1 at home, 7-4 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-1 at home, 3-4 on the road.

Series With North Carolina

This is the 49th meeting between the Cavaliers and Tar Heels. Virginia holds a 27-21 advantage in the series. The Cavaliers have claimed 22 of the last 26 games but North Carolina has won two of the last three meetings.

North Carolina is 5-14 in University Hall. The Tar Heels won 75-71 in Charlottesville last season on Jan. 27, 1997 and that was the first win for the Tar Heels since Feb. 5, 1986 when they posted a 60-58 win.

Virginia was the only team to beat the Tar Heels during their NCAA championship season of 1994. Not only did they beat them once, but Virginia defeated them twice in their title season in which the Tar Heels posted a record of 33-2.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 479-161 (.748) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference wins (199) and winning percentage. She needs just one more win to notch her 200th conference win.

Last Game Vs. North Carolina-Jan. 15, 1998 (courtesy of AP wire)

Mimi McKinney told her Virginia teammates it was time to shine as they took the court on Jan. 15. But after three overtimes and 55 total minutes of play, McKinney was the brightest, scoring a school-record 48 points as the 15th-ranked Cavaliers outlasted No. 7 North Carolina 105-100 in triple overtime.

McKinney, whose total is the second-highest in Atlantic Coast Conference history, broke her own previous career high of 23 points, scored earlier in the month against Clemson. She also tied a Virginia record by making seven 3-pointers. "I can't say I've seen every game ever played by Virginia, but I know I've never seen anything like what she did before," said teammate DeMya Walker. "She told us before the game that no one could hold us down. She kept telling us that it was time for us to shine. She sure did."

McKinney gave Virginia a 100-96 lead on a running one-hander with 3:57 remaining in the third overtime. Walker put back a McKinney miss with 47.6 seconds left to put Virginia ahead 102-98. Erin Stovall made three free throws in the final 9.5 seconds to secure the win and give the Tar Heels their first home loss after 23 straight victories.

"I told my teammates before the game that this win was something I really wanted," McKinney said. "I took the loss to North Carolina State (67-59 on Sunday) very personally. It was something I wanted us to put behind us."

North Carolina's Nikki Teasley couldn't save her team as she had done in the first two overtimes, when she hit shots at the buzzer to tie the score and send the game into another extra per od. She also hit a free throw to tie the game at the end of regulation.

Walker finished with 16 points and Stovall added 15 for Virginia.

All-American Tracy Reid led North Carolina (13-3, 4-2) with a school-record 42 points, plus 14 rebounds for the 40th double-double of her career. But Reid was held to four points in overtime play and none in the third extra period.

"We're disappointed," Reid said. "We take a lot of pride in not letting people beat us on our home court. Virginia just came in here and wanted it more than we did."

In the first overtime, Walker stole a North Carolina pass and scored on a layup for a 85-84 lead for the Cavaliers with 28 seconds left. McKinney added two free throws with 2.7 seconds to go. But Teasley got the inbounds pass and hit a 35-footer from the right wing to send the game into a second overtime at 87-87.

Teasley did it again at the end of the second overtime, hitting an eight-footer in the lane at the buzzer to tie it up at 96-96.

Teasley also tied the game with seven seconds left in regulation by making one of two free throws to even the score at 76-76. Teasley rebounded her own missed free throw, but Jessica Gaspar's 3-point try to win the game in regulation bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Teasley had 21 points and Juana Brown 11 added for North Carolina.

McKinney's single-game total is eclipsed in ACC history only by 50 points scored by Andrea Stinson of North Carolina State in 1989.

"That was just an incredible performance," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "For a `role player,' she certainly showed what she can do. ... `We always knew she could hit the 3-pointer. What she did tonight was take the next step in her game."

The Cavaliers' win thwarted North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell's chance at victory No. 500 for her 23-year coaching career.

How the Teams Match Up Tonight
                  Virginia  North Carolina
    Points          69.7        80.8
    Points Allowed  64.0        64.2
    Rebounds        39.1        42.1
    Rebound Margin  -1.5        +2.3
    FG %            .411        .434
    FG% defense     .389        .396
    3-pt FG %       .301        .326
    FT %            .647        .660
    Assists         13.2        15.9
    Turnovers       19.1        15.5
    Blocks          5.7         2.3
    Steals          11.9        12.0

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. En Guard

Head Coach Debbie Ryan is a strong candidate for ACC Coach of the Year after beginning the season with two starting guards falling to season-ending injuries and all but two of the remaining guards suffering injuries that have kept them out of the line-up at one time or another this season.

Senior Monick 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 wanted to take the time to properly rehab the leg and comeback for a healthy senior year in 1998-99.

Junior Tiffany 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.

Sophomore Renee Robinson suffered a concussion in the Old Dominion (1-27-98) game that kept her sidelined for two games and junior Kate Mooney suffered a one-inch gash on her head during the N.C. State (2-12-98) game that kept her out of most of the first half.

In addition, senior Mimi McKinney has played the entire season on a very sore left knee which was recently diagnosed as a tear in the ligament. She did not play in the Dec. 8 game vs. Mt. St. Mary's because of a bone bruise on her left knee.

Freshman guards Erin Stovall and Katie Tracy have remained healthy this season.

Walker Becomes 15th Player To Reach 1000

DeMya Walker became the 15th player in school history to score 1000 career points when she connected on a short jumper in the first half of the N.C. State game on Thursday. Walker's short jumper in the lane at the12:51 mark of the first half of the N.C. State game sent her over the 1000-point mark. She had an opportunity to score her 1000th point on a free throw earlier in the game, but missed.

In Monday's game at Maryland, Walker was at the charity stripe with 15 seconds remaining in the game but missed both shots.

Right On the Money

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 next three games, Mooney shot .513 (20-39) from the field and led the team in scoring in each of those games. 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.

Ready to Play

Point guard Renee Robinson, who missed two games due to a concussion, was cleared to play in the Feb. 5 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, but returned 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).

Since her return in the Clemson game, Robinson has averaged 15.5 minutes of action, but has not regained her starting role from freshman Erin Stovall.

Breaking Into The Top 10

DeMya Walker has 634 rebounds in her career and ranks 10th in school history. Walker needs seven rebounds to tie Val Ackerman in ninth place with 641 rebounds. 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.

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    97   85    259
    7.  Kate Mooney      74   84    251
    8.  Kathy McConnell  62   64    210
    9.  Donna Holt       32   49    128
    10. Wendy Palmer    126   31     96

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'sall-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.)   21  88  4.1
2.  DeMya Walker (Virginia)         23  77  3.4
    Teresa Jenkins (Florida A & M)  21  68  3.2
4.  Myndee Larsen (Southern Utah)   21  64  3.0
5.  Brooke Wyckoff (Florida State)  23  69  3.0
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 223 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)   87  229 2.6
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), steals (25 vs. California), blocks (14, vs. Mt. St. Mary's).

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. 15 vs. North Carolina  5 p.m.
        Feb. 22 vs. Duke            2 p.m.