Frese On Washington
"Crystal has always been one of the most honest and outspoken players on our team. Now as a senior, I expect those qualities to really pay off in the leadership department. She has seen and done it all and really wants to go out with a bang and has worked hard to see that become a reality."
Started the season strong with 11 points and six rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting vs. Loyola in the Comcast Center's inaugural game ... went on to see action in 16 games and averaged 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ... scored in double figures twice - vs. Loyola (11) and vs. Duke (10).
Washington posted averages of 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 20 appearances ... led the team in blocked shots per game (0.8) and had five two-block games ... averaged 10.3 ppg over a four-game stretch, including 16 points against No. 22/21 Penn State to start the streak, continuing with 12 points and six rebounds vs. Morgan State, completing the stretch with 13- and 10-point outings vs. Eastern Michigan and Alabama in the Torneo Cancun de Basquetbol ... career-high three steals vs. Alabama, also in Cancun.
Washington saw action in 11 games, with her career-high 13 minutes coming at Florida State and against Wagner ... scored a career-high seven points at the ACC Tournament in Maryland's opening-round loss to No. 21/20 NC State ... also made 5-of-6 free throws against the Wolfpack ... averaged 2.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg.
Led Bishop McNamara in rebounding and was team MVP... averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and four assists per game ... 2000 senior all-star game ... second team all-conference ... named second team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, honorable mention all-county and Washington Post All-Met following her junior campaign ... played AAU hoops for the PG County Sparks ... high school coach was Bob Dunmore.
Full name is Crystal Washington ... born Oct. 12, 1982 ... daughter of Gary and Cynthia Washington ... majoring in psychology and communications.
Crystal Up Close
Nickname: The Big Six
Age started playing basketball: 12
I started playing basketball because: It was a good way to learn teamwork and discipline.
Who had the greatest impact on your athletic career? My father.
My heroes/role models are: My parents.
Favorite place to hang out on campus: Comcast Center.
Words to live by: He will not put more on you than you can bear.
Pre-game ritual/superstition: I pray.
Cartoon character you resemble most: Tweety Bird.
Craziest ambition: To dunk on Kobe Bryant.
I never leave without: My Gametyme bracelet.
If money was not a factor, my dream job would be: To coach at Maryland.
What do you want to accomplish this season? Win more games than last season.
Team's hardest worker: Chrissy Fisher
Funniest player on the team: Kalika France
Teammate who will surprise people this season: Aurelie Noirez.
After Maryland, I'd like to: Play overseas and come back to help the Mystics.
Advice you'd give to young players: Practice.
My favorite thing about Maryland basketball is: My teammates and the friends I made.