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February 5, 1999

#16 Virginia (15-6, 8-3)
at Maryland
Feb. 8, 1999 – 7:00 p.m.
College Park, Md. – Cole Field House (14,500)
TV: HTS – Radio: WINA 1070 AM

The Cavaliers enter tonight’s game in an effort to regroup from Thursday’s 66-56 loss to league-leading Duke at Charlottesville. The Blue Devils snapped a four-game win streak the Cavaliers had built since the 79-68 loss to North Carolina on Jan. 18.

To recap the Cavalier’s last outing, Duke’s Peppi Browne scored seven of her 20 points during a game-ending 33-5 run Thursday night to lead the Blue Devils to a 66-56 victory.

Duke (19-4, 11-0), trying to join the 1994-95 Cavaliers as the only team to go through a 16-game ACC schedule unbeaten, made their run on the heels of a 17-2 Virginia burst. But then, the Cavaliers went cold after DeMya Walker’s 3-pointer with 12:34 left gave them a 51-33 lead, making just two field goals the rest of the way and three times missing the front end of one-and-one free throws. Duke was 28-35 from the foul line compared with Virginia’s 4-9. Duke held Virignia to its lowest point total of the season.

DeMya Walker leads the team in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and blocked shots (3.1 bpg). Erin Stovall is the team’s second leading scorer (14.4 ppg) while Monick Foote ranks third (12.8 ppg).

The Series with Maryland
Tonight’s game marks the 51st meeting between Virginia and Maryland and the Cavaliers hold a 30-20 advantage in the series. The series with the Terps is one of Virginia’s oldest and longest continuous rivalries, dating back to the 1976-77 season.

The Cavaliers have won the last 15 meetings with Maryland and the Cavaliers are 10-10 in Cole Field House.How the Teams Match Up

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

                          UVA      Maryland Points            77.0 (7)  58.2 (9) Points Allowed    62.7 (1)  70.5 (5) Rebounds          40.8      37.5  Rebound Margin    +3.0 (4)  -1.9 (9) FG %              .443 (5)  .422 (8) FG% defense       .369 (1)  .418 (8) 3-pt FG %         .295 (6)  .247 (9) FT %              .705 (1)  .614 (8) Assists           14.5      16.7 Turnovers         18.1       2.9 Blocks             6.4 (1)   3.2 (3) Steals            10.7 (4)   9.2 (2)

Last Time vs. Maryland
Earlier this season, DeMya Walker scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead 22nd-ranked Virginia to a 69-63 win over Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup on Jan. 8.

The Cavaliers started slowly, trailing 20-16 with 8:45 left in the first half before reeling off eight straight points. Svetlana Volnaya scored four points in the run, while Lisa Hosac and Walker added a basket apiece.

Maryland closed to within 45-43 with 10:22 to play, but Virginia went on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to nine points with 9:18 left. The Terrapins got no closer than six points.

Erin Stovall added 14 points for the Cavaliers and Volnaya chipped in 10. For the fourth straight game, the Cavaliers were outrebounded 41-37.

Deedee Warley paced Maryland with 22 points and eight rebounds and Branka Bogunovic added 16 and 11.

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 496-171 (.744).

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
The starting line-up of Svetlana Volnaya, Lesley Brown, DeMya Walker, Erin Stovall and Renee Robinson was the eighth different starting line-up that Coach Ryan has used this season.

The 56 points scored in the Duke loss on Feb. 4 was the lowest offensive output by the Cavaliers since last year’s 47 points in the Maryland game on Feb. 9, 1998. The 22 second half points by the Cavaliers in the Duke loss was the lowest second half total since the March 25, 1996 game vs. Tennessee in the NCAA East Region championship game in University Hall.

The Cavaliers are more successful in the last three days of the week than in the first three days. Virginia is 8-1 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.

Erin Stovall is nearing the record for most three-point field goals made by a sophomore. Stovall has 35 for the season and needs only eight 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 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 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.

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 276 consecutive weeks in at least one of the polls.

Virginia holds the longest active streak of any ACC team in the AP poll178 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 256 consecutive weeks.

Cavaliers Crush Clemson
In Virginia’s last game on Jan. 31, DeMya Walker recorded her third straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Virginia 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 133-69 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    22-3 Chris Weller, Maryland         30-20 Sylvia Hatchell, UNC            22-7 Kay Yow, N.C. State            24-22 Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest     4-0                                  133-69

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).

Walker Moving Up in NCAA Block Party
With her 312 career blocked shots, DeMya Walker ranks 14th 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  336 10.  Dawn Royster (North Carolina)            1987  110  329 11.  Tajama Abraham (George Washington)       1997  130  326 12.  Stefanie Kasperski (Oregon)              1990   89  322 13.  Lisa Leslie (Southern California)        1994  120  321 14.  DeMya Walker (Virginia)                  1999  114  312

Walker Ranks Second in ACC in Career Blocked Shots
DeMya Walker currently ranks second in the ACC with 312 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 18 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-    114  312  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 873 total for her career. She needs 60 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.  873  DeMya Walker (1996-pres)  114 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 56 between them this season. Stovall has connected on 35 bombs this season and needs only eight 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 67 career three-pointers.

     3FGM  Player (years)           Att.  1.  220  Tora Suber (1994-97)      666  2.  142  Monick Foote (1995-pres)  394  3.  139  Tammi Reiss (1989-92)     334  4.  134  Dena Evans (1990-93)      370  5.  131  Dawn Staley (1989-92)     371  6.   91  Kate Mooney (1995-pres**) 282       91  Mimi McKinney (1995-98 )  288  8.   67  Erin Stovall (1997-pres)  234  9.   64  Kathy McConnell (1987-89) 210 10.   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 15.3 points per game compared with 12.9 as a reserve. When she is in the starting line-up, the Cavaliers are 10-3. Against ranked opponents, Stovall averages 17.4 ppg.

On the Boards
Crashing the boards or lack thereof has been Virginia’s achilles heel this year. For a team that prided itself on rebounding in recent years, this year’s team has had its ups and downs. The Cavaliers have been outrebounded in eight games this season and are 2-6 in those games. However, when the Cavaliers outrebound their opponent, they are 13-0.

The win at Clemson was the first time this season the Cavaliers pulled out a win with fewer rebounds than the opponent (45-53). The Cavaliers squeezed out a win over Maryland on Jan. 8 despite being outrebounded 41-37.

The Cavaliers hold a +3.0 rebound margin over its opponents this season. Last season was the first time since 1988-89 that Virginia had a negative rebound margin (-1.4).

Cavaliers On Radio
All of the Cavaliers games, both home and away, will be broadcast on WINA 1070 AM or its sister station WKAV 1400 AM.

Robby Robinson will call the play-by-play and former Cavalier stand-out Jenny Boucek will add the color commentary.

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