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February 21, 1999

Florida State (7-18, 2-13)
#17 Virginia (18-7, 11-4)

Feb. 21, 19992:00 p.m.Charlottesville, Va.University Hall (8,457)TV: none Radio: WINA 1070 AM

The Cavaliers close out the regular season with today’s game against Florida State. This game marks the final regular season home appearance for Virginia’s three seniors: DeMya Walker, Lesley Brown and Monick Foote. This could be the final appearance in University Hall for this trio unless Virginia receives a home bid in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia has won three of its last four games and since January, the Cavaliers are 11-4 with all four losses coming to higher-ranked teams.

Virginia Head Coach Debbie could notch her 500th career win if the Cavaliers are victorious today. Ryan would become the sixth coach to rack up 500 wins at one school in Division I. Kansas’ Marian Washington won her 500th last night.

The Cavaliers enter today’s game as one of the league’s top defensive teams. Virginia ranks second in the ACC in scoring defense (63.2) and second in field goal percentage defense (.375). The Cavaliers lead the conference in blocked shots (6.2) and rank second in steals (10.6). Virginia is the league’s top free throw shooting team (713).

To recap the Cavalier’s last outing, Erin Stovall scored a career-high 27 points and Lesley Brown added 20 Thursday night as Virginia defeated Georgia Tech, 86-73. DeMya Walker, held to eight points, had a game-high 12 rebounds.

DeMya Walker leads the team in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and blocked shots (3.0 bpg). Erin Stovall is the team’s second leading scorer (15.0 ppg) while Monick Foote ranks third (12.7 ppg).

Who’s Hot: Lesley Brown and Erin Stovall have played like All-Americans in the last two outings. Brown scored a team-high 22 points vs. North Carolina on Feb. 14 and had 20 points vs. Georgia Tech on Feb. 18. This was the first time in her career that she had back-to-back 20-point games.

Stovall connected for a career-high and the team’s season-high 27 points vs. Georgia Tech on Feb. 18. For the week, Stovall averaged 20.5 points per game. Stovall has the four highest scoring games on the Virginia squad this season. In addition to the 27 points last Thursday, Stovall scored 26 vs. Clemson (Jan. 2), 25 vs. Duke (Jan. 4) and 24 vs. North Carolina (Jan. 18).

Ryan One Away From 500
Head Coach Debbie Ryan needs only one more win to reach the 500-win mark for her career. Ryan has averaged 23 wins per season and enters her 22nd season with a career and Virginia record of 499-172 (.744).

Only five other coaches in Division I have attained 500 wins at one school: Pat Summit (Tennessee), Jody Conradt (Texas), Kay Yow (N.C. State), Mike Granelli (St. Peter’s) and Marian Washington (Kansas). Washington won her 500th last night with a Coach Marian Washington earned her 500th with a 58-54 victory over Oklahoma. (thanks to Vic Dorr for that note).

Series with Florida State
The Cavaliers hold a 17-0 advantage in the series with the Florida State. Virginia is 9-0 vs. the Seminoles in Charlottesville.

How the Teams Match Up
How the team ranks in overall games in the ACC:

                  Virginia     Florida StatePoints             76.8 (3)    74.3 (6)Points Allowed     63.2 (2)    79.5 (9)Rebounds              40.3     38.1  Rebound Margin    +2.5 (4)     -2.9 (9)FG %              .442 (3)    .430 (6)FG% defense       .375 (2)    .449 (9)3-pt FG %         .273 (7)    .244 (9)FT %              .713 (1)    .673 (5)Assists               14.6    13.3Turnovers             17.7    21.0Blocks             6.3 (1)    3.8 (2)Steals            10.6 (2)    10.6 (3)

Last Time vs. the Seminoles
DeMya Walker scored 19 points and Erin Stovall added 13 as No. 19 Virginia defeated Florida State, 80-71, in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

Virginia (12-5, 5-2 ACC) jumped out to a 22-6 lead over the first 11:37 with Walker and Lesley Brown scoring six points apiece. Walker led the Cavaliers with 11 points in the first half as they grabbed a 36-21 lead.

Florida State (6-11, 1-7) pulled within 64-60 with 4:42 left in the contest before Virginia went on an 11-3 run to regain control. Walker scored five points during that spurt as the Cavaliers took a 75-63 lead with 1:21 remaining. Brown and Monick Foote each scored 10 points for Virginia, which has won four of its last five games and is 4-3 on the road.

April Taylor scored 19 points and Tamara Gracey added 18 for the Lady Seminoles, losers in six of their last seven.

Senior Farewell
Today’s game marks the final regular season game for Virginia’s three seniors: Monick Foote, Lesley Brown and DeMya Walker.

Despite battling injuries her entire career, Foote ranks second in Virginia history in three-point shooting, behind Tora Suber. She ranks third in career blocked shots and became the 17th player in school history to score over 1000 points for her career. A four-year starter, Foote played nearly every position on the floor and has to be considered one of UVa’s all-time great defensive players.

As one of the best athletes on the team, Brown started this year off with a tremendous scoring outburst and averaged 17.0 points per game in the first three games. She is having her best year as a Cavalier this season by averaging more points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played than any of her previous years. She enters today’s game with back-to-back games with 20 or more points.

Considered the ACC’s most complete player, Walker leads the Cavaliers in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, assists and blocked shots and is a leading contender for the ACC’s Player of the Year. Walker ranks in the top eight of six statistical categories in the ACC: blocks (first), rebounds (second), field goal percentage (fifth), steals (fifth), scoring (seventh), assists (10th). She is closing in on the ACC record for blocked shots and is eight swats away from establishing a new conference record. Currently, she ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots and ranks 12th in NCAA history. Walker, a four-year starter, ranks 10th in scoring and fourth in rebounding in UVa history.

In the Polls
The Cavaliers have been ranked every week in either the AP or USA Today poll since Jan. 8, 1984. The Cavaliers have been ranked a total of 277 consecutive weeks in at least one of the polls.

Virginia holds the longest active streak of any ACC team in the AP poll179 weeks. The current streak in the AP poll started on Nov. 20, 1989. The Cavaliers have appeared in every USA Today poll for a total of 257 consecutive weeks.

Quick Notes

The starting centers of the ACC average only 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds vs. the Cavaliers.The Cavaliers are more successful in the last three days of the week than in the first three days. Virginia is 10-1 in games played on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and are 8-6 in games played on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. Erin Stovall is nearing the record for most three-point field goals made by a sophomore. Stovall has 39 for the season and needs only four more to reach the mark set by Tora Suber (43) in 1995. Virginia outrebounded Clemson 42-21 on Jan. 31 for its largest rebound margin of the season. The Cavaliers outrebounded their opponents by an average of 12.5 rebounds in their most recent four-game winning streak. In the national stats, Virginia ranks 17th in field goal percentage defense (37.1). DeMya Walker ranks fourth in blocked shots (3.1).Lisa Hosac’s string of 30 consecutive free throws was broken in the Duke game on Feb. 4. Hosac’s 30 straight free throws made established a new school record and broke the previous record of 26 set by Sandy Glasson in 1981.

Robinson Playing Better Since Injury
It might have taken an injury to improve Renee Robinson’s performance on the court. Her stats improved after playing a gutsy 24 minutes and dishing out six assists in the game following the sprained left ankle and has since been a better player for Coach Ryan. In the 10 games after the injury, Robinson improved to 3.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Below is the comparison of Robinson’s stats prior to the injury, after the injury and her cumulative stats:

                   G       FG    Pts.   Reb.   Ast.   St.    Min.Prior to injury   15    14-35    2.5    2.0    2.5    1.3    22.5Post injury       10    16-38    3.9    3.5    3.6    2.0    28.7Cumulative        25    30-73    3.1    2.6    2.9    1.5    25.0    

Ryan Holds Advantage in Series with Current ACC Coaches
Debbie Ryan holds a 136-70 record against the current coaches in the ACC and holds a winning record versus every coach in the conference.

Ryan vs.

    Jim Davis, Clemson                   19-11    Gail Goestenkors, Duke                 9-6    Sue Semrau, Florida St.                3-0    Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech          23-3    Chris Weller, Maryland               31-20    Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina       22-8    Kay Yow, N.C. State                  25-22    Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest           4-0                                           136-70

Hosac Breaks 18-year old Free Throw Record
Lisa Hosac hit 30 consecutive free throws before missing in the Duke game on Feb. 4. Hosac’s streak began when she made her last three free throws in the VCU game on Nov. 24. She entered the Wake Forest game on Jan. 28 with a string of 26 straight made free throws which tied the 18-year old record held by Sandy Glasson. With her 4-4 performance from the line vs. the Demon Deacons, Hosac broke Glasson’s record and extended the streak to 30.

The streak was very close to being broken when Hosac attempted what would be her last attempt of the night, and missed it, but Svetlana Volnaya was called for a lane violation which nullified the attempt.

Walker Ranks Second in ACC in Career Blocked Shots
DeMya Walker currently ranks second in the ACC with 322 career blocked shots. With her only block in the Florida State game on Jan. 22, she moved into sole possession of second place in the ACC standings. She needs eight more blocks to become the ACC’s all-time leader.

          Player, team           Years       GP    Blk    Avg.    1.    Dawn Royster (UNC)     1984-87    110    329    3.0    2.    DeMya Walker (UVa.)    1996-      118    322    2.7

Walker Moving Up in NCAA Block Party
With her 322 career blocked shots, DeMya Walker ranks 12th in NCAA history in blocked shots. The all-time NCAA record is 428 blocks by Genia Miller (Cal State Fullerton, 1988-91). If Walker breaks the ACC blocked shot record, she will be in the top 10 of the NCAA rankings.

                                            Last    Player, team                          Season     GP    Blk 1. Genia Miller (Cal State Fullerton)      1991    118    428 2. Heidi Gillingham (Vanderbilt)           1994    128    413 3. Rebecca Lobo (Connecticut)              1995    126    396 4. Chris Enger (San Diego)                 1993     96    372 5. Kara Wolters (Connecticut)              1997    137    370 6. Angela Gorsica (Vanderbilt)             1997    127    368 7. Trish Andrew (Michigan)                 1993    113    367 8. Denise Hogue (College of Charleston)    1993    106    359 9. Amy Lundquist (Loyola Marymount/DePaul) 1997    113    33610. Dawn Royster (North Carolina)           1987    110    32911. Tajama Abraham (George Washington)      1997    130    32612. Stefanie Kasperski (Oregon)             1990     89    322    DeMya Walker (Virginia)                 1999    118    322

Walker Moves Into Fourth in Career Rebounds
DeMya Walker continues to climb up the chart in career rebounds. The 6-3 senior has a career average of 7.7 rebounds per game and 895 total for her career. She needs 26 more to move ahead of Cathy Grimes in third place.

     Reb.   Player (years)                  G 1. 1221    Wendy Palmer (1993-96)        126 2.  955    Heather Burge (1990-93)       135 3.  932    Cathy Grimes (1982-85         114 4.  907    DeMya Walker (1996-present )  118 5.  853    Heidi Burge (1990-93)         134

The Long Rangers
Monick Foote and Erin Stovall are becoming one of the most deadly three-point shooting combos in school history since Foote teamed with Tora Suber several years ago. The duo combined for 111 three-pointers in 1996 and 97 treys in 1997. Foote and Stovall have 61 between them this season. Stovall has connected on 39 bombs this season and needs only four more to match Tora Suber’s sophomore record of 43.

In the career standings, Foote moved into second place ahead of Tammi Reiss with the first three-pointer she hit in the Wake Forest game on Jan. 28. Stovall who connected on 32 trifectas last season, holds onto eighth place with 71 career three-pointers.

  3FGM    Player (years)                   Att.1. 220    Tora Suber (1994-97)             6662. 143    Monick Foote (1995-present)      4033. 139    Tammi Reiss (1989-92)            3344. 134    Dena Evans (1990-93)             3705. 131    Dawn Staley (1989-92)            3716.  91    Kate Mooney (1995-present**)     282    91    Mimi McKinney (1995-98 )         2888.  71    Erin Stovall (1997-present)      255**redshirting the 1999 season
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