NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show is Around the Corner

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March 5, 1998

NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show- Sunday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Quick Notes on Virginia

Virginia is ranked 18th in both the AP and USA Today polls.

Of the five ranked teams in the ACC, Virginia is ranked second in strength of schedule. Duke is first (12), followed by Virginia (16), N.C. State (27), North Carolina (47) and Clemson (81).

The Cavaliers posted wins over four teams that won their conference tournament and received an automatic NCAA Tournament bid--Kent (Mid-American champions), Virginia Tech (Atlantic-10 champions), North Carolina (ACC champions) and Santa Clara (West Coast Conference champions). And if the winner of the Northeast Conference is St. Francis or Mt. St. Mary's, the number could be five.

Seven of the team's nine losses were to a team in the Top 25, and two of those games went into overtime. Virginia upset seventh-ranked North Carolina 105-100 in triple overtime on Jan. 15 in Chapel Hill, but lost to the fifth-ranked Tar Heels 84-85 in double overtime on Feb. 15 in Charlottesville. Virginia took 11th-ranked Duke to overtime before falling 78-85 on Feb. 22.

The Cavaliers entered the season with senior guards and potential starters Monick Foote and Tiffany Bower sidelined for the entire campaign. The pair accounted for 21.1 points per game last season.

Virginia has been to the NCAA Tournament 14 straight years and is 26-14 in tournament action. The Cavaliers have opened the NCAA Tournament at home every year since 1986. Virginia is 18-2 at home and 8-12 on the road in the big dance.

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.

DeMya Walker was named to the All-ACC Team first team while Mimi McKinney was named to the second team. Erin Stovall was named to the All-Freshman team.

DeMya Walker leads the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). Mimi McKinney ranks second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg), but leads the team in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). Erin Stovall ranks third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg) and second in steals (2.0 spg).

In all games this season, the Cavaliers are 10-3 at home, 8-4 on the road and 0-2 at a neutral sites. In ACC games, Virginia is 5-3 at home, 4-4 on the road.

Virginia is 2-7 vs. ranked opponents this season. Against ranked opponents, Mimi McKinney is averaging 17.3 ppg and DeMya Walker is averaging 15.4 ppg.

DeMya Walker needs just two 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 11-2 when they out-rebound their opponent. Both losses came at the hands of North Carolina. Virginia is 6-7 when the opponent controls the boards and 1-0 when the rebounds are even.

Virginia Tournament History

Virginia has made 14 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the 11 straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen

Overall:                 26-14  
Home:                    18-2   
Away:                     0-3  
Neutral:                  8-9   
First round:              4-3
Second Round:            11-0
Regional Semifinals:     7-4 (Sweet Sixteen)
Regional Finals:          3-4 (Elite Eight)
Final Four Semifinals:    1-2
Final Four Championship:  0-1

Head Coach Debbie Ryan

Head Coach Debbie Ryan, in her 21st season, brings a career record of 480-164 (.745) 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 Dominion 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 four games, the Virginia reserves have averaged 22.3 points per game.

Erin Stovall averages 10.4 ppg as a reserve and 7.2 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  27-23     1-2
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 score her 1000th point on a free throw earlier in the game, but missed.

Breaking Into The Top 10

DeMya Walker has 669 rebounds in her career and moved up to eighth in school history with her 11 rebounds in the last game. She is averaging 7.4 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.  DeMya Walker      1996-present  91   669
9.  Tonya Cardoza     1986-91       121  667
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