Frese On Spence
"Alli is new to the team and the conference, but she is a veteran when it comes to her game. A true point guard, we expect Alli to come in and compete from day one."
2000-01 At Old Dominion
Saw action in 30 games with 13 starts at guard ... led the Lady Monarchs in assists (121), averaging 4.0 per game ... reset her career-high in assists with 12 against UCLA ... handed out five or more assists on 11 occasions ... ranked sixth in the CAA in assists and third in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66) ... tied for third on team with 33 steals ... scored a season-high 13 points versus North Carolina.
1999-2000 At Old Dominion
Finished third in the CAA in assists (5.24), sixth in steals (2.09), and eighth in three-point shooting (35.7%), she was named CAA Rookie of the Year and CAA All-Rookie ... she scored in double figures eight times ... dished out a career-best 10 assists three times ... Spence netted a career- high 17 points against East Carolina on 6-of-10 shooting ... she collected a career-high eight steals against St. John's.
Over her final two seasons, led Chatfield High School to a 44-4 record and back-to-back Colorado state championships ... during both of those years, she was named the MVP of the state championship game ... over the last two years of her career, Spence collected a 40-0 record in state play ... a four-year letterwinner in basketball ... she averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.1 steals per game ... finished her career as the all-time assist leader in the state of Colorado ... shot an impressive 84.9% from the charity stripe ... a Parade All-American her senior year, she was a four-time All-State selection as well as an Academic All-State selection ... she participated in the Nike All-America Camp held in Indianapolis and was invited to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Invitational Camp ... because of her All-America status, had her jersey displayed at the opening of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. ... her jersey is retired at Chatfield High.
Full name is Allison Marie Spence ... she was born on March 17, 1981 ... Spence is the daughter of Donna and Tom Spence and has one brother, Tommy, (26) ... communications major.
Alli Up Close
Age started playing basketball: When I was born.
I started playing basketball because: I loved it.
I wear #14 because: I was a fan of Jeff Lebo when I was young and stuck with it.
Who had the greatest impact on your career? My dad and brother.
Favorite athlete: Lance Armstrong.
My favorite place to hang out on campus: Comcast Center.
Pre-game ritual/superstition: Pushups in the locker room.
Few people know that I: Love to write.
Word to describe you on the court: Poised.
Word to describe you off the court: Relaxed.
What do you want to accomplish this season? Finish in the top three in the ACC and head to the tourney. See what happens! :)
Funniest player on the team: Anesia Smith.
Teammate who will surprise people this season: Angel Ross.
I came to Maryland because: Of Coach Frese and her staff.
After Maryland, I'd like to: Stay around the game in anyway possible.
The best advice I ever got was: "I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength." - Phillipians 4:13
My favorite thing about Maryland basketball is: To be a part of the family that will take this program to the next level.