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
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
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
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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).