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February 3, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers enter today’s game on a four-game winning streak. Duke enters the game on a 13-game winning streak and is in the driver’s seat to go 16-0 in league play. Virginia is the only team in the ACC, men’s or women’s, to march through a 16-game league season with an unblemished record. The Cavaliers did it in the 1994-95 season. For Duke to become the second team to achieve a perfect 16-0 record, it has to get by Virginia tonight and then face Georgia Tech (away), Wake Forest (home), Clemson (away), N.C. State (home) and North Carolina (home).

This game is a matchup of two of the league’s top three offensive and defensive teams. Duke and Virginia rank number two and three respectively in scoring and Virginia ranks second in scoring defense while Duke ranks third. The big difference in these two teams is in perimeter shooting where Duke leads the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.403) while Virginia ranks seventh (.289).

#9 Duke (18-4, 10-0)
#16 Virginia (15-5, 8-2)

Feb. 4, 1999 – 7:30 p.m.Charlottesville, Va. – University Hall (8,457)TV: noneRadio: WINA 1070 AM

The Series with Duke
Virginia holds a 31-10 advantage in the series, but Duke has won the last three games in the series and five of the last eight. The Blue Devils are 2-16 in University Hall. Duke won in Charlottesville in 1996 and 1998.

The last time Virginia defeated Duke was on Feb. 19, 1997 when the Cavaliers cruised to a 86-56 win in Durham.

In head-to-head competition with Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors, Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan holds a 9-5 advantage in the coach’s series.

How the Teams Match Up
How the team ranks vs. ACC opponents is in ( ).

                                       Virginia    DukePoints            78.1 (3)    82.7 (2)Points Allowed    62.5 (2)    63.7 (3)Rebounds          41.0        42.3 Rebound Margin    +3.5 (5)    +6.8 (2)FG %              .448 (3)    .489 (1)FG% defense       .371 (2)    .380 (3)3-pt FG %         .289 (7)    .403 (1)FT %              .710 (1)    .695 (2)Assists           14.6        19.5Turnovers         18.2        18.3Blocks             6.3 (1)     2.9 (6)Steals            10.7 (3)     8.8 (7)

Last Time vs. Duke
Earlier this season, Hilary Howard scored 20 points and Michele VanGorp had 16 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots to lead Duke to an 84-68 win over the Cavaliers on Jan. 4 in Durham, N.C.

Georgia Schweitzer scored 14 and Peppi Browne added 11 for the Blue Devils, who won their sixth straight game.

Erin Stovall scored 25 points and Lesley Brown added 11 for Virginia.

The Blue Devils shot 53 percent from the field and had a 41-30 rebounding advantage. They made nine of 17 shots from three-point range.

Four and Counting
Head Coach Debbie Ryan needs only four wins 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 496-170 (.756).

Only three other coaches in Division I have attained 500 wins at one school: Pat Summit (Tennessee), Jody Conradt (Texas) and Kay Yow (N.C. State).

Quick Notes

DeMya Walker continues to lead the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg), assists (2.9 apg) and blocked shots (3.0 bpg). Erin Stovall is the team’s second leading scorer (14.8 ppg) while Monick Foote ranks third (12.8 ppg). The Cavaliers are more successful in the last three days of the week than in the first three days. Virginia is 8-0 in games played on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and are 7-5 in games played on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. Virginia has not played a game on Wednesday this year. Virginia outrebounded Clemson 42-21 for its largest rebound margin of the season. The Cavaliers have outrebounded their opponents by an average of 12.5 rebounds in the last four games. In a four-game stretch from the Auburn game on Dec. 29 to the Maryland game on Jan. 8, Virginia was outrebounded in the four games by an averaged of 10.0 rebounds per game. Erin Stovall is nearing the record for most three-point field goals made by a sophomore. Stovall has 34 for the season and needs only nine more to reach the mark set by Tora Suber (43) in 1995. In the national stats, Virginia ranks 16th in scoring margin (15.6), 18th in field goal percentage defense (37.1) and 18th in scoring offense (78.1). DeMya Walker ranks sixth in blocked shots (3.0). Lisa Hosac’s string of 30 consecutive free throws is still alive. She did not attempt a free throw in Sunday’s game vs. Clemson.

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 275 consecutive weeks in at least one of the polls.

Virginia holds the longest active streak of any ACC team in the AP poll177 weeks. The current streak in the AP poll started on Nov. 20, 89. The Cavaliers have appeared in every USA Today poll for a total of 255 consecutive weeks.

Cavaliers Crush Clemson
In Virginia’s last game on Jan. 31, DeMya Walker recorded her thrid straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Virignia to a 75-55 upset of fifteenth-ranked Clemson and a sweep of the season series. The victory allowed the Cavaliers to solidify their hold on second place in the ACC

Clemson scored just eight points in the final 13 minutes of the first half, then really faltered. The Tigers were 1-for-8 from the field with 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes after the break, getting only a putback and two free throws to fall behind 55-31.

Virginia, which won 67-66 in Clemson, S.C., on Jan. 2 when Itoro Umoh missed two free throws with 7.3 seconds left and a layup at the buzzer, hit 6-of-7 shots to open the second half and poured it on.

Monick Foote added 14 points and Lesley Brown 12 for Virginia.

Ryan Holds Advantage in Series with Current ACC Coaches
Debbie Ryan holds a 133-68 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              9-5    Sue Semrau,        Florida St.       3-0    Agnus Berenato,    Georgia Tech     22-3    Chris Weller,      Maryland        30-20    Sylvia Hatchell,   North Carolina   22-7    Kay Yow,           N.C. State      24-22    Charlene Curtis,   Wake Forest       4-0                                         133-68

Hosac Breaks 18-year old Free Throw Record
Lisa Hosac has a string of 30 consecutive free throws in tact and looks to build on the school record. When Hosac’s streak began with her last three free throws made in the VCU game on Nov. 24. She entered the Wake Forest game on Jan. 28 with a string of 26 straight free throws made 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.

Hosac has missed only one free throw this season and leads the team in free throw percentage (32-33, .970). She has not missed a free throw in ACC games (15-15, 1.000).

Sly Better Off Bench
Svetlana Volnaya, or Sly as her teammates call her, earned a starting role early in the season and started the first 10 games. Her productivity fell off in the Auburn game and Sly found herself in a reserve role in eight of the next nine games. Her stats proved she was more valuable off the bench. Below is the comparison of her stats when she starts and when she subs:

          Games   Pts.   Reb.    FG%   3-pt     FG%    Min.Starter    11     7.2    2.5   .329    .205    19.6Reserve     8     7.5    4.0   .426    .368    17.9

Walker Moving Up in NCAA Block Party
With her 307 career blocked shots, DeMya Walker ranks 15th 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  32213.  Lisa Leslie        (Southern California)     1994    120  32114.  Kathy Courtney     (Holy Cross)              1997    117  30915.  DeMya Walker       (Virginia)                1999    113  307

Walker Ranks Second in ACC in Career Blocked Shots
DeMya Walker is approaching another milestone in her UVa career. She currently ranks second in the ACC with 306 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 23 more blocks to become the ACC’s all-time leader.

    Player,       team     Years     GP  Blk  Avg.1.  Dawn Royster  (UNC)    1984-87  110  329  3.02.  DeMya Walker  (UVa.)   1996-    113  307  2.7

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 7.6 rebounds per game and 863 total for her career. She needs 70 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.  863  DeMya Walker  (1996-present ) 113 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 55 between them this season. Stovall has connected on 34 bombs this season and needs only nine 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 66 career three-pointers.

    3FGM  Player          (years)           Att. 1.  220  Tora Suber      (1994-97)         666 2.  142  Monick Foote    (1995-present)    394 3.  139  Tammi Reiss     (1989-92)         334 4.  134  Dena Evans      (1990-93)         370 5.  131  Dawn Staley     (1 989-92)        371 6.   91  Kate Mooney     (1995-present**)  282      91  Mimi McKinney   (1995-98 )        288 8.   66  Erin Stovall    (1997-present)    229 9.   64  Kathy McConnell (1987-89)         21010.   49  Donna Holt      (1987-88)         128

**redshirting the 1999 season

Stovall Off To Fast Start In January
Erin Stovall opened the new year with a scoring blitz. The 5-9 sophomore scored a career-high 26 points in the win at Clemson (Jan. 2) and followed that with 25 points in the loss at Duke (Jan. 4). Stovall was named the ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 4) for her performance and she is the first player since the 1996-97 season to score 25 or more points in back-to-back games (DeMya Walker). Stovall scored 14 points in the win over Maryland (Jan. 8) and connected on a team-high 19 points in the win at N.C. State (Jan. 11). Stovall scored eight points in a 12-1 run in the second half that sealed the win against the Wolfpack. She followed that with 19 points vs. Georgia Tech (Jan. 14) and 24 points vs. North Carolina (Jan. 18).

Since gaining a regular starting role on Jan. 2 vs. Clemson, Erin Stovall is averaging 16.0 points per game compared with 12.9 as a reserve. When she is in the starting line-up, the Cavaliers are 10-2. Against ranked opponents, Stovall averages 20.0 ppg.

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