Feb. 14, 1998
North Carolina Visits Charlottesville
#5 North Carolina
at #12 Virginia
Feb. 15, 1998
WINA Radio 1070 AM
University Hall (8,457)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The remaining network broadcasts are:
Feb. 15 vs. North Carolina 5 p.m.
Feb. 22 vs. Duke 2 p.m.