Frese On Oliver
"Del dedicated her summer to improving herself to become the best all-around post player she could possibly be. She has come into the season in the best top physical condition and is prepared to play a critical role for our team."
After becoming eligible to play in the second semester, averaged 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game ... starting 12 of 19 games played, posted double figures in first seven games, including a 22-point outing against Clemson ... grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the Terps' loss at Virginia ... narrowly missed a double-double in her first-career Division I game, netting 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds vs. Cleveland State at the Miami/Gatorade Holliday Classic ... shot a blistering 8-of-11 against the Vikings in that same game en route to being named to the all-tournament team.
Earned second-team All-America recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association while at Cincinnati State in the 2000-01 season ... averaged 18.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game under head coach Gary McDaniel ... team finished the season with a 28-6 record, and garnered Most Valuable Player honors at the Ohio Association of Community College's Tournament ... played for Scott Wilson at Euclid High School in Euclid, Ohio, for four years ... was the MVP and captain of her team while at Euclid.
Full name is Delvona Aiesha Oliver ... born Aug. 1, 1981 ... daughter of Delvon Blanton and Stephanie Oliver ... has two siblings, Delvon and Devontae ... a family studies major.
Delvona Up Close
Age started playing basketball: 11
I wear #54 because: It just looks good on me.
Who had the greatest impact on your athletic career? My mother. Thanks mommy!
Favorite class: Couple Relationships FMST 260.
My heroes/role models are: My mother because she is so independent and strong-minded.
Favorite place to hang out on campus: Comcast Center.
Few people know that: I am a very shy person.
Pre-game ritual: I pray and kiss my wrist because it has my late uncle's initials on it.
Words to describe you on the court: This year, something serious.
Craziest ambition: To be President of the United States.
I never leave without: Something on my head.
If money was not a factor, my dream job would be: To be a police officer.
What do you want to accomplish this season? Make it to the Dance.
Funniest player on the team: Anesia Smith.
Teammate who will surprise people this season: Crystal Washington.
The person you admire most on the team: I admire all of my teammates for dedicating themselves to this team and working hard.
If I was Coach Frese for a day, I would: Push her Cadillac.
The best advice I ever got was: Things are hard now, but nothing comes easy. You gotta do what you don't want to do to get where you want to be.
My favorite thing about Maryland basketball is: We're a big goofy family.