"Laura brings so much energy to our team and is ready to cap her career with her best season. Her return from a devastating injury three years ago says everything about her passion. I expect her to provide tremendous leadership for our team. She has the heart of a champion and has worked incredibly hard in the offseason."
Harper's Honor Roll
Naismith Award Finalist (2007)
Naismith Midseason Candidate (2007)
Naismith Award Preseason Candidate (2006, 07)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2006)
Third Team All-ACC (2008)
Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team (2007)
Coors Classic All-Tournament team (2005)
ACC Player of the Week (2008)
Rookie of the Week (2005)
Needs just 115 points to reach 1,000 for her career ... third in the Maryland career records with 150 blocks, 36 from tying the all-time record held by Kris Kirchner ... among the top 15 in the school records in career free throw attempts, while her 54.7 percent shooting ranks in a tie for sixth all-time ... also tied for seventh with a 7.1 rebounds per game career average ... needs just 15 boards and four free throws to enter the top 15 all-time ... enters the season tied for eighth in the ACC records with a 1.9 blocks per game average.
Named to the USA U21 National Team, where she helped the team capture a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship in Russia ... the U21 team went 8-0 at the tournament, after winning three-straight exhibition games against the U21 French National Team ... member of the 2004 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying team which went 5-0 and won a gold medal in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, capturing a berth to the 2005 FIBA Junior World Championship ... started all five games of the tournament, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting .632 from the field.
A preseason candidate for the Naismith Award ... was also named to the finalist list for the national player of the year honor ... a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American in the preseason and was ranked the No. 2 forward in the nation by ESPN.com ... set or matched career highs in the first game of the BTI Classic against TCU, including points (27), shots made (12), shots attempted (16) and steals (3) ... earned a spot on the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 16.5 points per game over the two games, while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor ... also had three blocks in the games against Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss in the Bahamas ... had double-doubles at Loyola and at Florida State, scoring 11 and grabbing 12 boards in both contests ... ranked third in blocks per game (1.91), fourth in field goal percentage and 17th in rebounds per game in the ACC ... also ranked in the top 50 in the country in blocks per game ... 65 blocks was the third-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Terrapin junior all-time.
The season after tearing her Achilles' tendon, went on to be named NCAA Tournament Final Four Most Outstanding Player ... returned to action for the first time since Dec. 20, 2004 to score 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds and registering two blocks in the season opener at Siena ... started 17 games, playing in all but two ... had a career-high five blocks against Gonzaga on the first day of the Paradise Jam, also tallying 12 points (5-for-7) and six rebounds ... first double-double of the season came against No. 1 Tennessee in St. Thomas, netting 13 points to go with 12 rebounds, while dishing out a career-high four assists ... 15 points and eight rebounds in first-career ACC game at then-No. 19/21 Boston College ... 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks at NC State ... 17 points and six rebounds in the ACC Tournament semifinal victory over then-No. 2/2 Duke, then scored 13 and pulled down eight rebounds in the final vs. then-No. 1/1 North Carolina ... in her first-career NCAA Tournament appearance, posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds against Sacred Heart ... followed up with 15 points and five rebounds vs. St. John's ... scored six of the team's 12 overtime points to lead Maryland past Utah in the Elite Eight despite recovering from the stomach flu ... chipped in a career-high 24 points in the Final Four vs. the Tar Heels, going 8-for-16 from the floor, 8-for-10 from the charity stripe and adding nine rebounds ... in the championship game, tied for a team-high 16 points and hauled down seven rebounds to lead the Terps to their first national title in school history ... five double-doubles on the season ... reached double figures in 24 games ... had at least six rebounds in 30 of 36 games played ... ranked 25th in the ACC in scoring, eighth in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage and third in blocks per game (1.94) ... 70 blocks are the second-most in a season in school history ... also recorded one of the top-10 single-season free throw totals and top five free throw attempts totals in school history ... tied for 10th all-time in scoring among sophomores and tied for second in rebounding.
Suffered an Achilles tendon rupture at practice on Dec. 26, 2004, and underwent surgery in early January, sitting out the final 23 games of the season, including the entire ACC slate ... ACC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 29 after averaging 12.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 3.0 bpg at the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo. ... also garnered all-tournament honors in Colorado. ... posted three double-doubles in nine games, including tallying 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the close loss to then-No. 2 and eventual NCAA Final Four participant LSU on the first day of the Coors Classic ... grabbed at least seven rebounds in all nine games before being sidelined ... first-career double-double was in the home opener vs. Siena (12 points, 14 boards) ... netted a career-high 22 points and had eight rebounds vs. Loyola, going 7-for-10 from the field and 8-for-11 from the charity stripe ... 9.8 rpg average prior to being sidelined was tops in the ACC.
A 2004 McDonald's and WBCA All-American ... second team Parade All-American as a senior ... third team All-American by Street & Smith's twice ... also named to 2004 All-USA Basketball third team by USA Today ... 2004 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year ... a 4A all-state honoree ... scored 2,009 points and hauled down 1,403 rebounds over her career at Cheltenham HS ... ranked in the top three among high school centers in the nation in 2004 and the 15th-best senior overall by the All Star Girls Report ... ranked No. 14 among 2004 seniors by Blue Star Report ... member of the East team that won a gold medal at the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, averaging 9.0 ppg and 8.4 rpg, while also making a team-high seven blocks in five games.
Majoring in communications at Maryland ... daughter of Maria and Haviland Harper ... father, Haviland, played basketball at nearby George Washington University from 1973-76 ... has an older brother, Will (25) ... born in Philadelphia.
Harper's Career Highs
Points: 27, vs. TCU (11/17/06)
FGM: 12, vs. TCU (11/17/06)
FGA: 16, three times (last vs. TCU, 11/17/06)
FTM: 9, vs. Tennessee (11/26/05)
FTA: 16, vs. LSU (11/26/04)
Rebounds: 16, vs. LSU (11/26/04)
Assists: 4, twice (last at Clemson, 1/25/07)
Steals: 3, four times (last vs. TCU, 11/17/06)
Blocks: 5, three times (last vs. Georgia Tech, 3/2/07)
Minutes: 37, vs. Duke (4/4/06)
Harper's Career Statistics
A Minute With Laura Harper
What's your favorite thing about Maryland Women's Basketball?
Pick any city/country in the world you'd like to visit?
Brazil - it seems beautiful.
Name something fun you did this summer.
Won gold with USA Basketball.
What game are you most looking forward to this season?
Aside from playing basketball, what is your favorite thing to do/hobby?
What's the best thing about playing basketball?
Name something you can't live without...
When I was five I wanted to be a ...
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