Nov. 16, 1997

Cavaliers Defeat William & Mary in Opener

Walker Becomes All-Time Blocks Leader

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--Virginia's DeMya Walker scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the 13th-ranked Cavaliers to a season-opening 71-57 win over William & Mary today in University Hall. Walker's first block of the season, which came in the 13:06 mark in the second half, 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 (155 career).

William & Mary's Kate Von Holle opened the game with a three-point field goal at the 19:19 mark and then the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 run spurred by a three-point field goal by Kate Mooney, two treys by Mimi McKinney and a driving lay-up by Walker. The Cavaliers opened up a 17-point lead with 4:11 remaining in the first half and ended the half with a 34-21 lead.

The Tribe opened the second half with an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 36-32 with 15:39 on the clock. The Cavaliers were held without a field goal until the 14:45 mark when Renee Robinson put back a missed shot. Virginia then went on a 14-6 spurt to put the game out of reach.

The Tribe outrebounded the Cavaliers 44-37 and shot 33.9 percent from the field (19-56) while the Cavaliers shot 37.7 percent from the field (23-61).

"We were having trouble rebounding today so I had to find a way to neutralize the possessions and the full-court pressure," said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. "I think we are going to be a good rebounding team, I think that it will take a little bit of time."

"We had confidence because we were bigger, we weren't as experienced, but we were bigger," said Tribe head coach Trina Thomas Patterson, who played for Ryan 10 years ago. "Experience prevailed. We knew DeMya Walker would be a very tough stop. I was relatively pleased with the performance of our inside game, defensively and our team defensively."

Lisa Hosac scored a career-high 17 points while McKinney ended the night with 11 points. Nekshia Cooper led William & Mary with 13 points and Julie Sommer added 10 points.

Virginia returns to action on Nov. 21 when they host Kent at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall. William & Mary plays at Wingate on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.