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Feb. 17, 1998

No. 15 Virgina Travels to Wake Forest

#15 Virginia (17-7, 8-6) at Wake Forest (4-12, 0-15)
Feb. 18, 1998 7:00 p.m.
WINA Radio 1070 AM No TV
Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,407) Winston-Sale m, N.C.

Quick Notes on Virginia

  • The Cavaliers hope to snap a two-game losing skid in tonight's game vs. Wake Forest. Virginia dropped consecutive games to N.C. State and North Carolina while the Demon Deacons will be looking for their first ACC win of the season and a break in their 14-game losing streak.
  • The last time the Cavaliers and Wake Forest played, DeMya Walker scored 23 points to lead Virginia to a 65-55 win in Charlottesville on Jan. 18.
  • With a win tonight, Head Coach Debbie Ryan will notch her 200th ACC win, the first conference coach to reach that milestone.
  • This season, Mimi McKinney leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg), followed by DeMya Walker (15.2 ppg) and Erin Stovall (9.4 ppg). Walker leads the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and blocks (3.4 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 10-2 at home, 7-4 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-2 at home, 3-4 on the road.

    Series With Wake Forest
    This is the 42nd meeting between the two teams. Virginia holds a 40-1 record in the series and has won 38 straight against the Demon Deacons. The Cavaliers have never lost to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

    Last Game Vs. Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 1998)
    Lisa Hosac scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half as No. 15 Virginia jumped in front early and coasted to a 65-55 victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 18. DeMya Walker led the Cavaliers with 23 points. Mimi McKinney scored 10 points, and she and Hosac each contributed seven rebounds.

    Virginia went ahead 11-4 in the first three minutes of the game with baskets by all five starters and stretched the advantage to 17 by halftime. Wake Forest was led by Heidi Coleman with 16 points, and Olivia Dardy added 10.

    Wake Forest out-rebounded Virginia 43-30, but shot just 37.7 percent from the field (220-53). The Cavaliers shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-60).

       How the Teams Match Up Tonight
                     Virginia Wake Forest
       Points           70.3   57.3
       Points Allowed   64.9   67.2
       Rebounds         39.9   36.3
       Rebound Margin   -1.1   -1.9
       FG %             .411   .387
       FG% defense      .388   .423
       3-pt FG %        .297   .309
       FT %             .646   .636
       Assists          13.8   11.7
       Turnovers        20.4   21.7
       Blocks            5.8    1.7
       Steals           11.8    6.8

    Head Coach Debbie Ryan
    Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 479-162 (.747) 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.

    Guarded Condition
    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 Jan. 12. 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.

    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 642 rebounds in her career and ranks ninth in school history. She passed Val Ackerman who had 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   98    87   269
       7.   Kate Mooney     75    84   259
       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'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.)    21   88   4.1
    2.   DeMya Walker (Virginia)          24   82   3.3
         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 234 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)  88   234   2.7

    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).

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