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March 4, 1999

University of Virginia senior DeMya Walker was named to the Women’s Basketball Journal Defensive All-America second team. The 6-3 power forward led Virginia in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots. She tied the Atlantic Coast Conference career blocked shot record last Sunday and needs just one block to become the conference’s all-time leader.

The Women’s Basketball Journal Defensive All-America first team includes Semeka Randall (Tennessee), Mery Andrade (Old Dominion), Latasha Dorsey (Louisiana State), Nicole Kubik (Nebraska) and Roxanne McCrory (Colorado State).

Joining Walker on the second team is Itoro Umoh (Clemson), Dominique Canty (Alabama), Chamique Holdsclaw (Tennessee) and Ruth Riley (Notre Dame).

Walker is also a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the top women’s collegiate basketball player in the country. She is the only ACC player named as a finalist. In addition to Walker, the ten finalists of the Naismith Award are Svetlana Abrosimova (Connecticut), Canty, Tamika Catchings (Tennessee), Becky Hammon (Colorado State), Holdsclaw, Maylana Martin (UCLA), Randall, Stephanie White-McCarty (Purdue) and Tamika Whitmore (Memphis).

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