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Women's Basketball Hosts Duke

Feb. 21, 1998

Feb. 22, 1998 - 2:00 p.m. - Senior Day
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University Hall (8,457) - Charlottesville, Va.

Quick Notes on Virginia
The Cavaliers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 60-51 win over Wake Forest on Feb. 18 in Winston-Salem, N.C. DeMya Walker scored a team and game-high 23 points in the win. Virginia had previously lost to N.C. State and North Carolina. The Cavs are 4-2 in the month of February.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan recorded her 200th ACC win with the victory over Wake Forest the other night. She becomes the first conference coach to reach that milestone.

With her 23-point performance vs. Wake Forest last week, DeMya Walker overtook Mimi McKinney as the team's leading scorer. Walker leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). McKinney ranks second on the team in scoring (15.2 ppg), but leads the team in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.2 spg). Erin Stovall ranks third on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and second in steals (2.0 spg).

In all games, the Cavaliers are 10-2 at home, 8-4 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-2 at home, 4-4 on the road.

Series With Duke
This is the 40th meeting between Duke and Virginia. The Cavaliers hold a 31-8 record in the series that dates back to the 1977-78 season. The teams have split the last six games and Duke won an earlier contest this season 93-66 in Durham, N.C. Last year, Virginia swept the series.

Duke is 1-16 at University Hall with the lone win coming on Feb. 10, 1996 when the Blue Devils handed UVa a 72-69 loss.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 480-162 (.747) into tonight's game. Ryan is the ACC leader in conference wins (200) and winning percentage. She became the first ACC coach to win 200 games in conference action.

Last Time With Duke (Jan. 23, 1998)
Hilary Howard scored 17 of her season-high 20 points in the first half to lead No. 24 Duke to 93-66 victory over No. 11 Virginia on Jan. 23, 1998.

Nicole Erickson added 18 points and Peppi Browne 12 to help send the Cavaliers to their worst loss since a 80-47 defeat to Tennessee in the 1989 NCAA tournament. It was Virginia's most lopsided loss to an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since losing 96-68 to North Carolina in the 1984 ACC tournament.

Duke (13-5, 6-2 ACC) led by as many as 29 points and coasted down the stretch, hitting 23-of-27 free throws in the final 8:33. Virginia lost three of its last six conference games.

Lesley Brown came off the bench to lead Virginia with 20 points, 16 in the second half. Mimi McKinney added 10.

Howard hit six of her first eight shots, including 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, as Duke built a 43-21 halftime lead.

Virginia coach Debbie Ryan benched all her starters except Lisa Hosac to begin the second half, but the Cavaliers got no closer than 46-25 in the opening minute of the second stanza.

The Blue Devils made 30-of-58 attempts from the field, including seven-of-20 from 3-point range. Duke outrebounded Virginia 43-29.

How the Teams Match Up Tonight

             Virginia   Duke
Points           69.9   75.3
Points Allowed   64.4   63.8
Rebounds         40.2   37.5
Rebound Margin   -1.0   +3.8
FG %            .40.9   .461
FG% defense      .384   .415
3-pt FG %        .293   .354
FT %             .647   .687
Assists          13.2   15.9
Turnovers        20.3   17.9
Blocks            5.9   2.2
Steals           11.7   9.0

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 649 rebounds in her career and ranks ninth in school history. She passed Val Ackerman who had 641 rebounds.

     Player           Years           G   Rebounds
1.   Wendy Palmer     1993-96       126   1221
2.   Heather Burge    1989-93       135   955
3.   Cathy Grimes     1982-85       114   932
4.   Heidi Burge      1989-93       134   853
5.   Dawn Bryant      1985-89       123   827
6.   Dawn Staley      1988-92       131   772
7.   Chrissy Reese    1980-83       105   736
8.   Tonya Cardoza    1986-91       121   667
9.   DeMya Walker     1996-present   89   649
10.  Valerie Ackerman 1978-81       116   641

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   99   87    270
 7.   Kate Mooney     76   85    264
 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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