Feb. 25, 1998
Quick Notes on Virginia
- Virginia is ranked 15th in both the AP and USA Today polls. The
Cavaliers remained the same in the AP poll but dropped one spot in the USA
- The Cavaliers ended the regular season with a loss to
eleventh-ranked Duke on Feb. 22 in Charlottesville. Virginia ended the
regular season 18-8 and 9-7 and enters the ACC Tournament as the fifth
seed, the lowest seed for the Cavaliers since the 1983 season when they
were the sixth seed.
- Head Coach Debbie Ryan summed up the season best after a
lack-luster performance at Wake Forest on Feb. 18. Ryan said "Our highs
have been very high and our lows have been very low. We need to play
somewhere in the middle on a consistent basis."
- Virginia is 24-17 in the ACC Tournament (.585). The Cavaliers are 15-5
in the quarterfinals, 6-9 in the semifinals and 3-3 in the finals.
- Head Coach Debbie Ryan recorded her 200th ACC win with the
victory over Wake Forest on Feb. 18. She became 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. McKinney had
been the leading scorer for most of the season, but she played only nine
minutes vs. Wake Forest due to a a very sore left knee which has steadily
worsened in the last few weeks.
- Walker leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3
rpg). McKinney ranks second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), but leads
the team in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). Erin Stovall ranks
third on the team in scoring (9.4 ppg) and second in steals (2.0 spg).
- In all games, the Cavaliers are 10-3 at home, 8-4 on the road
and 0-1 at a neutral site. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-3 at home, 4-4 on
- Virginia is 2-6 vs. ranked opponents this season. Against
ranked opponents, Mimi McKinney is averaging 17.5 ppg and DeMya Walker is
averaging 15.3 ppg.
- DeMya Walker needs just three blocks to move into third place in
the all-time ACC standings in blocked shots. She already holds all of
UVa's records for blocked shots.
- The Cavaliers are 11-1 when they out-rebound their opponent.
The only loss came on Feb. 15 when the Cavaliers out-rebounded North
Carolina 58-51 and lost in double overtime. Virginia is 6-7 when the
opponent controls the boards and 1-0 when the rebounds are even. The
Cavaliers have a +0.8 rebound margin in wins while the margin drops to -8.7
Probable Virginia Starters
P. No. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F 00 Dean'na Mitchelson Fr. 6-2 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
F 40 Kate Mooney Jr. 6-0 6.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg
C 22 DeMya Walker Jr. 6-2 15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg
G 21 Mimi McKinney Sr. 5-9 15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
G 3 Erin Stovall Fr. 5-9 9.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
P. No. Player Cl. Ht. Stats
F 20 Lisa Hosac So. 6-2 7.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg
F 30 Chalois Lias Fr. 6-0 3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
F 4 Lesley Brown Jr. 6-0 6.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G 5 Renee Robinson So. 5-6 3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G 12 Katie Tracy Fr. 5-5 1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
C 14 Elena Kravchenko Fr. 6-10 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Head Coach Debbie Ryan
Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record
of 480-163 (.747) into today'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.
DeMya Walker is averaging 21.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks
in the last four games of the regular season. In that span, she had three
consecutive games with 20 or more points to become only the second player
on the current roster to accomplish that feat. The other player to score
20 or more points is Kate Mooney who had three-20+ games earlier this
Walker is shooting .571 from the field (36-63) and .684 from the
charity stripe (13-19) over the last four games. She had a double-double
(20p-14r) vs. N. C. State on Feb. 12 and followed that with a 24-point
performance vs. North Carolina on Feb. 15, 23 points vs. Wake Forest on
Feb. 18 and 18 points vs. Duke on Feb. 22.
Bench Pressed Into Action
The Virginia bench has contributed 21.9 points per game this season
and the players coming in off the pine have been major factors in the
team's success this season. Erin Stovall, who ranks third on the team in
scoring, gained a starting position when Renee Robinson suffered a
concussion in the Old Dominon game on Jan. 27. Even when Robinson was
cleared to play, Stovall did not relinquish her starting role and Robinson
then became the sixth man.
- The reserves scored an amazing 50 points in the Cavalier's win
over Maryland on Jan. 8.
- Lesley Brown scored a
career-high 21 points on Dec. 28 in place of foul-plagued DeMya Walker.
She scored 20 vs. Duke on Jan. 23 when Walker again was in foul trouble.
- Lisa Hosac scored 19 points in a reserve role vs. North Carolina
on Feb. 15.
- In the last three games, the Virginia reserves have averaged
22.7 points per game.
- Erin Stovall averages 10.4 ppg as a reserve and 7.8 as a starter.
Series Records Vs. ACC Opponents
Opponent Series This Season
Clemson 24-21 1-1
Duke 31-7 0-2
Florida State 16-0 2-0
Georgia Tech 39-4 1-1
Maryland 29-20 2-0
North Carolina 27-22 1-1
N.C. State 23-23 0-2
Wake Forest 41-1 2-0
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 did 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.
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
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
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 scoreher 1000th point on a free throw
earlier in the game, but missed.
Breaking Into The Top 10
DeMya Walker has 658 rebounds in her career and ranks ninth in
school history. She is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game for her career.
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 90 658
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 100 87 273
7. Kate Mooney 77 87 269
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
Stats as of Feb. 16, 1998
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 243 career blocked
shots and needs only three more blocks to move ahead of Dolores Bootz of
Georgia Tech. She is 86 blocks away from tying the conference record.
Walker has 91 blocks this season.
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) 90 243 2.7
Robinson Recovers From Concussion
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
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.