|Hometown:||La Courneuve, France|
- ACC All-Freshman Team (2010)
- ACC All-Academic Team (2010)
- ACC Rookie of the Week (11/20, 1/4, 3/1)
Frese on Tchatchouang: "Diandra is one of the most self-motivated and self-sufficient players I've ever coached. As a freshman, she worked hard to get through a tough transition period and was still a major factor on our team. I'm looking forward to seeing her contributions this year after another summer of experience with the French U20 National team."
As a Freshman (2009-10): Started all 34 games as a Terrapin ...scored in double-digits in 19 of them ... finished No. 8 in Maryland freshmen record books in points (392) and rebounds (183), No. 3 in blocks (44), No. 7 in three's made (32) and No. 6 in three's attempted (371) ... finished No. 17 in ACC scoring with 392 points and an average of 11.5 per game ... No. 6 in the league in blocked shots with 44 ... scored 11 points in collegiate debut against North Carolina Central (Nov. 14) ... led all scorers with 17 points against New Hampshire and grabbed seven rebounds (Nov. 16) ... posted 22 points (8-of-11) vs. ODU to lead the Terps in scoring for second straight game and hit all three attempted threes (Nov. 19) ... nabbed four defensive boards against Samford and added one assist, block and steal (Nov. 24) ... filled the score sheet vs. Howard with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and shot 6-for-9 from the field (Nov. 27) ...had second career 20-plus point game vs. Loyola and made 4-of-6 three pointers (Dec. 6) ... was the game's leading scorer vs. Stony Brook with 17 points (Dec. 27) ... scored a new career-high in points with 25 on 9-for-15 shooting from the field against St. Joseph's and also recorded a career-high five blocks in the game (Jan. 3) ... tallied game-high 18 points vs. Boston College and pulled down eight rebounds (Jan. 14)... made a career-high 6-for-6 free throws at Clemson (Feb. 14) ... earned 23 points vs. Florida State for her fourth 20-plus point performance (Feb. 28).
Before Maryland: One of the top European prospects ... led her native France to the 2007 U16 European championship, earning most valuable player honors in the process ... had a solid eight-game showing in the 2008 U18 European Championship, as well, averaging better than 15 points and five rebounds per game on 58.2 percent shooting with two blocks and a steal per game on average ... scored 27 points in her final game against the Czech Republic.
Personal: Diandra Tchatchouang ... daughter of Eugene Tchatchouang and Jeannelte Noganmy ... has four siblings: Pola, Ciryl, Raelys and Romuald ... biggest sports thrill is winning the European Championship ... favorite athlete is LeBron James ... lists heroes as President Barack Obama and her parents ... enjoys soccer, listening to music and singing ... chose Maryland for the coaching staff and the family spirit surrounding the program.
TCHATCHOUANG'S CAREER STATISTICS
TCHATCHOUANG'S CAREER HIGHS
|Points||25, St. Joseph's (1/3/10)|
|FGM||10, Florida State (2/28/10)|
|FGA||17, twice, Florida State (2/28/10)|
|3FGM||4, Loyola (12/6/09)|
|3FGA||7, Florida State (2/28/10)|
|FTM||6, Clemson (2/14/10)|
|FTA||10, St. Joseph's (1/3/10)|
|Rebounds||9, twice, at Wake Forest (2/11/10)|
|Assists||4, twice, Boston College (1/4/10)|
|Steals||2, four times, Providence (3/25/10)|
|Blocks||5, St. Joseph's (1/3/10)|
|Minutes||37, at Towson (12/10/09)|
|20+ Points Games||4||4|
|Games with at least a block||23||23|
|Games with at least a three-pointer||18||18|
One-on-One with Diandra Tchatchouang
Q: Why did you choose Maryland?
A: I chose Maryland because [I've known] this University for four years and since I followed their results. Another reason is the family spirit and the staff.
Q: What does it mean to you to now be a Terp?
A: I am coming in a big family now and I am excited. And, you know, every season Lady Terps is a really good team so it is a big honor to be here.
Q: What are your expectations for your freshman season?
A: I hope to help my teammates by bringing what I can on the court and off the court. Personally, I want to progress in each area of my basketball.
Q: How have you been spending your summer?
A: In June and at the beginning of July I was enjoying the last moments with my family and then I came here to do the STEP program for incoming freshman and to meet my new teammates. [At the same time,] I am doing my ankle rehab.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on you in terms of basketball?
A:The biggest influence is me because I am really ambitious and determined in terms of basketball. I need it. Then I will say my family because they are my first support. My parents are always encouraging me.
Q: What has been your biggest sport thrill?
A: With my French national team, we won the European Championship two years ago and I was named MVP of the competition. It's my best souvenir of basketball.
Q: If you could sit down and have a conversation with three people, living or dead, whom you've never met, who would they be?
A: Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Lebron James