Women's Basketball Heads To Tucson, Arizona for First Round of NCAA Tournament

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March 10, 1998
1998 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds
McKale Center - Tucson, Ariz.
Virginia vs. Southern Methodist
Arizona vs. Santa Clara

Record: 18-9, 9-7
17th in AP & USA Today polls Team Leaders Scoring: DeMya Walker, 15.7 ppg Rebounding: DeMya Walker, 8.4 rpg Assists: Mimi McKinney, 3.8 apg Steals: Mimi McKinney, 2.1 spg Blocks: DeMya Walker, 3.4 bpg

Virginia makes its 15th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers received a sixth seed in the East Region and will meet the 11th seed, Southern Methodist, in the first round. The Cavaliers are 26-14 in NCAA Tournament action (18-2 at home and 8-12 on the road). This is the first time since 1986 that the Cavaliers will not host a first or second game in the NCAA Tournament. The sixth seed is the lowest seed for Virginia since the 1985 season when UVa was the sixth seed in the Mideast Region and lost to Tennessee in the first round.

This subregional is very important for Virginia to keep its streak of 11 straight Sweet 16 appearances alive. This will not be an easy task for the Cavaliers who have won only one of its last five games.

The Cavaliers have played eight teams that received bids to the tournament and are 6-8 against those opponents. Virginia posted wins over five teams that won their conference tournament and received an automatic NCAA Tournament bidKent (Mid-American champions), Virginia Tech (Atlantic-10 champions), North Carolina (ACC champions), St. Francis (Northeast) and Santa Clara (West Coast Conference champions). The other win was over Clemson. The eight losses include Old Dominion, North Carolina (twice), Duke (twice), N.C. State (twice) and Clemson.

Virginia has lost to the eventual national champion seven times in their 14-year run in the tournament.

Series Records
This will be the first ever meeting between Southern Methodist and Virginia and only the fourth ever meeting with a Western Athletic Conference team. The Cavaliers are 2-1 vs. WAC schools with wins over UNLV and Utah and a loss to Hawaii. Virginia defeated Utah 65-46 last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlottesville, Va.

The subregional in Tucson holds some familiarity for the Cavaliers. Virginia played Santa Clara earlier this season in San Jose, Calif. with the Cavaliers edging out a 62-60 win over the Broncos in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Virginia has played only one other West Coast Conference teamSan Diego and holds a 1-0 advantage in that series.

Host Arizona and Virginia have met twice before with the Cavaliers posting wins in both contests. Against Pac-10 teams, Virginia is 8-4 (Arizona 2-0, California 1-0, Stanford 1-3, USC 2-1 and UCLA 2-0).

Probable Virginia Starters
Pos. No. Player         Cl.  Ht.  Stats
F    20  Lisa Hosac     So.  6-2  7.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
F    40  Kate Mooney    Jr.  6-0  6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
C    22  DeMya Walker   Jr.  6-2  15.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg
G    21  Mimi McKinney  Sr.  5-9  15.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg
G    3   Erin Stovall   Fr.  5-9   9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Off the Bench
Pos.  No. Player              Cl.  Ht.   Stats
F     00  Deanna Mitchelson   Fr.  6-2   1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
F     30  Chalois Lias        Fr.  6-0   3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg
F     4   Lesley Brown        Jr.  6-0   6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G     5   Renee Robinson      So.  5-6   3.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G     12  Katie Tracy         Fr.  5-5   1.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
C     14  Elena Kravchenko    Fr.  6-10  1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Virginia Quick Notes
Of the five ranked teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, 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).

Seven of the team's nine losses this year were to teams 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 over- time 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.

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 was named an honorable mention AP All-American.

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 was 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.

SMU Athletic Director, Jim Copeland was previously at Virginia.

The Cavaliers have played four overtime games this season, the most ever in their history.

Virginia leads the ACC in blocks, field goal percentage defense and ranked second in steals.

Virginia Tournament History
Virginia has made 15 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament
and 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 the tournament. 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.

You Can Call Us Cavaliers
The University of Virginia womens basketball team would like to be call Cavaliers , not Lady Cavaliers. Virginias athletic teams have been accompanied by a somewhat confusing array of nicknames. The most prominent and widely accepted of these monikers are Cavaliers, Wahoos, and Hoos.

Although the terms Cavaliers, Wahoos, and Hoos are used interchangeably to refer to University of Virginia teams and player, Cavaliers is more often used by the media, while Wahoos and Hoos are frequently used by Virginia students and fans.

'Hoos Hot
DeMya Walker is averaging 20.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks in the last five games. 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 .573 from the field (43-75) and .666 from the charity stripe (16-24) over the last five 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. She added her eighth double-double of the season on Feb. 27 with a 17 point, 11 rebound performance vs. North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.

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.

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. Marys 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. Walkers 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

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.

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 mens or womens Virginia player against a Division I opponent. McKinneys 48 points ranks second all-time in Virginia basketball history behind Barry Parkhills 51 points vs. Baldwin-Wallace (Dec. 11, 1971) and ties Buzzy Wilkersons 48-point game vs. Hampden-Sydney (Dec. 1, 1954).

She eclipsed the womens single game scoring record of 39 established by Wendy Palmer in the Maryland game on Jan. 25, 1995.

The 48 points is also the NCAA season high.

Climbing Up The Charts
Mimi McKinney and Kate Mooney are moving up the chart in three-point shooting. McKinneys seven treys against UNC moved her ahead of Mooney.

Tora Suber is Virginias 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   101  89    277
7.  Kate Mooney     78   87    271
8.  Kathy McConnell 62   64    210
9.  Donna Holt      32   49    128
10. Wendy Palmer    126  31    96

Walker Is UVas 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.

Walkers 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 Virginias 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.)   25  104  4.2
2.  DeMya Walker (Virginia)         27  92   3.4
3.  Teresa Jenkins (Florida A & M)  26  86   3.3
4.  Myndee Larsen (Southern Utah)   28  89   3.2
5.  Brooke Wyckoff (Florida State)  27  80   3.0

        stats as of March 1, 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 244 career blocked
shots and needs only two more blocks to move ahead of Dolores Bootz of
Georgia Tech.  She is 85 blocks away from tying the conference record.
Walker has 92 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)  91  244  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 teams 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.