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Women's Hoops Travels to ACC Tournament

Feb. 25, 1998

ACC Tournament
Independence Arena
Charlotte, N.C.

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 Today poll.
  • 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 the road.
  • 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 in losses.
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.

'Hoos Hot
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 season.

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

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 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 this season.

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.

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 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  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 Erin Stovall.

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.




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