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
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,
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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).