Cavalier All-Americans


All-American Capsules

22 Monica Wright

Guard
-5-11

-Woodbridge, Va.
-2007-10

The Wright File
Honors
- First Team Associated Press All-American, 2010

- First Team WBCA State Farm Coaches All-American, 2010

- First Team USBWA All-American, 2010

- WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year, 2010

- ACC Player of the Year, 2010

- ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 2010

- VaSID Player of the Year, 2010

- Richmond Times-Dispatch State Player of the Year, 2010

- All-ACC, 2008-10

- ACC All-Tournament Team, 2008, 2010

- ACC Player of the Week (eight times)

- ACC Rookie of the Year, 2007

Career Records
- No. 1 in scoring (2540)

- No. 1 in scoring average (19.1)

- No. 1 in field goals made (962)

- No. 1 in field goal attempts (2207)

- No. 1 in games with at least 25 points (28)
Season Records
- No. 1 in scoring (734 points, 2010)

- No. 1 in scoring average (23.7, 2010)

- No. 1 in field goals made (271, 2009)

- No. 1 in field goal attempts (646, 2009)

- No. 1 in free throws made (163, 2010)

Game Records
- Tied for No. 1 in steals (10), 12-29-09


11 Donna Holt
Guard
- 5-5

- Chicago, Ill.

- 1985-88
Two-time Kodak All-American Donna Holt earned four letters at the University of Virginia. The 1988 ACC Player of the Year became the second player in school history to have her jersey retired.

Holt was a also three-time All-ACC selection. She earned MVP honors at the 1987 ACC Tournament.  Holt's speed, defesnive quickness, and unselfish play are obvious with a glance through the record book. Virginia's first All-American, Holt is the Virginia and ACC all-time steals leader (529) and ended her career fourth on the ACC career assists (561) list. She currently ranks in the Top 10 in several categories at UVa.

"We took a whole other step when Donna came to Virginia. We went from being on the verge to going there." - Debbie Ryan

The Holt File
Honors

- Kodak All-American, 1987, 1988

- ACC Player of the Year, 1988

- All-ACC, 1986, 1987, 1988

- ACC All-Tournament Team, 1987, 1988

- ACC All-Tournament Team MVP, 1987

- ACC Player of the Week (twice)

- ACC Silver Anniversary Team

- VaSID All-State, 1988

- Second women's basketball player in school history to 
have her jersey retired

Career Records

- No. 1 in steals (529)

- No. 2 in assists (561)

- No. 3 in free throws made (347)

- No. 7 in scoring (1634 points)

- No. 8 in scoring average (13.5 ppg)

- No. 10 in field goals (619)

- No. 10 in field goal percentage (.444)

Season Records
- No. 1 in FT percentage (.848), 1987

- No. 1 in steals (164), 1987

- No. 1 in steals as a sophomore (133), 1986

- No. 1 in steals as a junior (164), 1987

- No. 1 in steals as a senior (131), 1988

- No. 1 in 3-point FG percentage (.383), 1988

- No. 2 in steals (133), 1986

- No. 4 in steals (131), 1988

- No. 5 in assists (176), 1987

- No. 8 in assists (155), 1988

- No. 10 in steals (101), 1985

Game Records
- No. 1 in steals (10), 1-28-86
31 Wendy Palmer
Forward
- 6-2

- Timberlake, N.C.

- 1993-96

Two-time Kodak All-American Wendy Palmer became the first women's player in Virginia history to record over 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.  Palmer was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection, and she became only the third player in conference history to win two consecutive ACC Player of the Year awards. She became the fourth Cavalier to have her number retired.  

Palmer ended her career at Virginia ranked first in career rebounds (1221), second in career field goals made (780), third in career scoring (1918), seventh in career steals (219) seventh in career free throws made (327) and ninth in games played (126).

"Wendy's biggest asset was her strength and her tenacity inside when she went after a rebound."
- Debbie Ryan

The Palmer File
Honors

- Kodak All-American, 1995, 1996

- Associated Press All-American, 1995, 1996

- USBWA All-American, 1995, 1996

- ACC Player of the Year, 1995, 1996

- All-ACC, 1994, 1995, 1996

- ACC All-Freshman Team, 1993

- ACC All-Tournament Team, 1994, 1995, 1996

- ACC Player of the Week (six times)

- ACC Rookie of the Week (three times)

- ACC Legend Inductee, 2005

- State Player of the Year, 1995, 1996

- VaSID All-State, 1994, 1995, 1996

- Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State, 1995, 1996

- Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year, 1995

Career Records
- No. 1 in rebounds (1,221)

- No. 2 in field goals (780)

- No. 2 in FG percentage (.552)

- No. 3 in points (1,918)

- No. 4 in scoring average (15.2)

- No. 4 in field goal attempts (1,412)

- No. 7 in free throws (327)

- No. 7 in steals (219)
Season Records
- No. 1 in scoring (540), 1994

- No. 1 in scoring (546), 1995

- No. 1 in FG% as a freshman (.614), 1993

- No. 1 in FG% as a junior (.566), 1995

- No. 1 in rebounds as a junior (327), 1995

- No. 1 in rebounds as a senior (358), 1996

- No. 2 in FG percentage (.614), 1993

- No. 2 in rebounds (358), 1996

- No. 3 in rebounds (327), 1995

- No. 5 in field goals (227), 1995

- No. 5 in rebounds (323), 1994

- No. 9 in points (546), 1995

- No. 9 in scoring average (17.6)

- No. 10 in points (540), 1994
Game Records
- No. 1 in field goal percentage (100.0, 9-9 vs. Cleveland St., 1-29-95)

- No. 2 in points (39), 1-25-95
32 Tammi Reiss
Guard
- 5-6

- Eldred, N.Y.

- 1989-92
Kodak All-American and Academic All-American Tammi Reiss was a four-time first-team All-ACC selection, helping the Cavaliers to three consecutive Final Four appearances, two ACC regular-season championships, and two ACC tournament titles.

Reiss ended her career at Virginia ranked first in three-point buckets (139), three-point field goal percentage (.416) and second in career points (1842) and free throws (437).

The team captain lived on The Lawn as a senior. Reiss received her degree in sports management in 1992.  She served as the Cavaliers' assistant coach for three seasons (1994-96).

"Tammi is one of the most focused players we have ever had in our program." - Debbie Ryan

The Reiss File
Honors

- All-Time Academic All-American, 1997

- Academic All-American, 1992

- Academic All-ACC, 1990, 1991, 1992

- Kodak All-American, 1991

- USBWA All-American, 1992

- All-ACC, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

- ACC All-Tournament Team, 1990, 1992

- ACC Player of the Week (three times)

- Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State, 1990, 1991
Career Records
- No. 1 in 3-point FG percentage (.416)

- No. 2 in free throws (437)

- No. 4 in points (1,842)

- No. 4 in three-pointers (139)

- No. 6 in scoring average (14.5)

- No. 7 in field goals (633)

- No. 7 in field goal percentage (.481)

- No. 8 in field goals attempted (1315)

- No. 9 in assists (380)
Season Records
- No. 1 in field goal percentage (.474), 1990

- No. 1 in 3-point FG percentage (.397), 1991

- No. 1 in free throws by a senior (145), 1992

- No. 1 in free throw percentage (.790), 1990

- No. 1 in free throw percentage (.815), 1992

- No. 2 in free throws (145), 1992

- No. 6 in free throws (128), 1990

- No. 8 in points (556), 1992
Game Records
- No. 1 in free throw percentage
 (1.000, 12-12 vs, Wake Forest, 1-24-91)
24
Dawn Staley
Guard
- 5-6

- Philadelphia, Pa.

- 1989-92

Words will never fully describe the person and player that took the University of Virginia's women's basketball program to the level it is today and made the nation notice women's basketball like Dawn Staley did in her four years.

Staley set the NCAA record for career steals (454).  She became the only player (male or female) in ACC history to have a combination of over 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 700 assists, and 400 steals. Staley was also the first UVa women's basketball player and fifth woman in ACC history to score over 2,000 career points. She played in 131 games and helped UVa to 110 wins. Staley also became the second person in ACC history and the first Cavalier to have a triple-double and she did it twice [24 pts, 10 reb, 11 asst vs. N.C. State, 1-12-91; and 23 pts, 11 reb, 10 asst vs. N.C. State, 2-23-91].

With her record-breaking career, Staley ushered in a new era of women's basketball, not only at Virginia, but in the nation as well. Her contributions to Virginia and women's basketball are much more valuable than any title.

"Dawn's a great lead guard who played all aspects of the game. She passed with flair, played solid defense, and  rebounded on both ends of the floor." - Debbie Ryan

The Staley File
Honors

- Honda-Broderick Cup Award, 1991

- Champion USA Player of the Year, 1991, 1992

- WBCA Player of the Year, 1991, 1992

- Naismith Player of the Year, 1991, 1992

- USBWA Player of the Year, 1991, 1992

- Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, 1991

- Honda Basketball Sports Award, 1991

- Outstanding Phila. Amateur Athlete, 1991

- USBWA All-American, 1991, 1992

- Kodak All-American, 1990, 1991, 1992

- ACC Female Athlete of the Year, 1991, 1992

- ACC Player of the Year, 1991, 1992
- All-ACC, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

- MVP of the ACC Tournament, 1992

- ACC All-Tournament Team, 90, 91, 92

- VaSID Player of the Year, 1990, 91, 92

- VaSID All-State, 19990, 1991, 1992

- MVP of the NCAA Final Four, 1991

- Final Four All-Tournament Team, 91, 92

- MVP of NCAA Regional, 90, 91, 92

- NCAA Regional All-Tourn. Team, 90, 91, 92

Career Records
- No. 1 in points (2135)

- No. 1 in scoring average (16.3)

- No. 1 in field goal attempts (1637)

- No. 1 in free throws (505)

- No. 1 in assists (729)

- No. 2 in steals (454)

- No. 3 in field goals (753)

Season Records
- No. 1 in scoring (18.5), 1989

- No. 1 in scoring (17.9), 1990

- No. 1 in 3-point percentage (.346), 1990

- No. 1 in free throws (147), 1989

- No. 1 in assists (235), 1991

- No. 1 in assists by a junior (235), 1991

- No. 1 in assists by a senior (209), 1992

- No. 1 in FG by a freshman (431), 1989

- No. 1 in FT by a freshman (147), 1989

- No. 1 in FT by a sophmore (132), 1990

Game Records
- No. 1 in points in an NCAA Tournament game (32 vs. Penn State, 3-18-90)

- No. 1 in steals (10 vs. Temple, 11-20-91)

- No. 3 in points (37 at Wake Forest, 2-8-89)