Nov. 13, 1997
Maryland Faces Rutgers to Open the Season
MARYLAND (0-0) vs. RUTGERS (0-0)
Today's Game: Maryland opens its 1997-98 season with today's game against the Scarlet Knights. The Terrapins finished the 1996-97 season with an overall record of 18-10 (9-7, third in the Atlantic Coast Conference) and participated in the National Tournament for the 15th time in school history last year. The Scarlet Knights finished the 1996-97 season with a mark of 11-17 (8-10 in the Big East).
Maryland in Season Opening Games: Maryland is 22-4 all-time in season opening games. The Terps are 14-1 at Cole Field House, 5-1 on the road and 3-2 at neutral sites. Chris Weller has directed the Terps to a 18-4 mark in season opening games: 11-1 at Cole Field House, 4-1 on the road and 3-2 at neutral sites.
Maryland vs. Rutgers All-Time Series:
Head Coaches: Maryland's Chris Weller enters her 23rd season at the helm of the Maryland program. Weller has registered a career mark of 432-208 and became only the fifth coach to earn at least 400 victories at a single institution. Rutger's C. Vivian Stringer's career mark stands at 544-167 after 25 seasons.TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
Weller versus the Big East: Coach Weller has compiled an all-time mark of 31-4 against teams from the Big East. The last Big East team Maryland played was Rutgers, which resulted in a 58-54 Terp victory on Dec. 2, 1995.
All-ACC Media Preseason Selections: As voted by media attending Operation Basketball in Greensboro, N.C., seniors Stephanie Cross and Sonia Chase were all-conference second-team selections. Cross has led Maryland in scoring the last three seasons and in rebounding the last two. Chase has led Maryland in steals for three consecutive seasons and assists as a sophomore and junior.
ACC Preseason Pick: The Terps were picked to finish sixth this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the preseason poll as voted by the media. Maryland was picked to finish sixth last season as well and finished with a 9-7 mark to tie for third-place.
Upcoming Milestones: Several Terps are moving up the all-time list in career statistics. Listed below is the player and category and where they stand all-time.
Category Place Player Number Points 14th Debbie Lytle (1979-83) 1,189 15th Jane Zivalich (1975-79) 1,113 16th Stephanie Cross (1994 - 997 Rebounds 12th Jane Zivalich (1975-79) 574 13th Angie Scott (1974-77) 568 14th Stephanie Cross (1994- 539 3PT Field Goals Made 1st Carla Holmes (1988-91) 75 2nd Tiffany Brown (1996- 48 3rd Lillian Purvis (1994-97) 39 4th Limor Mizarachi (1991-92) 32 5th Kelley Gibson (1994- 30 3PT Field Goal Attempts 1st Carla Holmes (1988-91) 199 2nd Tiffany Brown (1996- 148 3rd Lillian Purvis (1994-97) 130 4th Kelley Gibson (1994- 122 Assists 8th Jasmina Perazic (1979-83) 342 9th Karon Ferguson (1991-95) 294 10th Sonia Chase (1994- 269 Steals 3rd Myra Waters (1978-82) 241 4th Chequita Wood (1982-86) 236 5th Sonia Chase (1994- 220 Games Started 12th 3 players tied 79 15th Sonia Chase (1994- 77
Exhibition Game: In its only exhibition game of the preseason, Maryland was defeated by the Hungarian National Team 82-74. Senior co-captain Sonia Chase scored 26 points and collected 10 rebounds, while fellow co-captain Stephanie Cross added 23 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Branka Bogunovic, starting her first game as a Terp, scored 12 points and recorded 10 rebounds. The Terps led 39-35 at the half but the Hungarian team shot 63 percent in the second half, coverting 19 of 30 field goals, for the victory.
Up Next: Maryland plays two games next week, both at Cole Field House. The Terps play Loyola on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and begin conference play on Saturday, Nov. 22, against Georgia Tech. Game time is 2:00 p.m.1996-97 TERPS' RECORD WHEN:
Overall Record 18-10 ACC Record 9-7 Home Record Overall 11-2 Road Record Overall 5-6 Neutral Site Record 2-2 ACC Home Record 6-2 ACC Road Record 3-5 Led at half-time 16-3 Trailed at half-time 2-6 Tied at half-time 0-1 Shot 50% of better 9-1 Shot less than 50% 4-1 Shot less than 45% 2-3 Shot less than 40% 3-5 Had higher FG% than opponent 16-3 Had lower FG% than opponent 2-7 More rebounds than opponent 12-1 Fewer rebounds than opponent 4-7 Rebounds equal 2-2 Had fewer turnovers than opponent 14-2 Had more turnovers than opponent 4-6 Turnovers equal 0-2 Shot more FTs than opponent 15-2 Shot fewer FTs than opponent 3-8 Scored between 40-50 points 1-4 Scored between 50-60 points 1-2 Scored between 60-70 points 7-4 Scored between 70-80 points 7-0 Scored between 80-90 points 1-0 Scored between 90-100 points 1-0 Record in November 2-1 Record in December 7-0 Record in January 6-3 Record in February 3-5 Record in March 0-1 Record on Sunday 4-2 Record on Monday 1-1 Record on Tuesday 1-0 Record on Wednesday 5-0 Record on Thursday 1-2 Record on Friday 0-4 Record on Saturday 6-1
HEAD COACH CHRIS WELLER
Weller has been honored many times by the press and coaching fraternity including Naismith National Coach of the Year and Basketball Writer's Association of America Coach of the Year, both in 1992. Along with being recognized as the American Sports Foundation's Coach of the Year in 1989, she has twice been selected ACC Coach of the Year (1989, 1992) by her peers. Weller has been head coach of the U.S. Select Team in 1986, 1992 and 1994.
A 1966 Maryland graduate, Weller was a four-year varsity letterwinner in basketball and also participated on the swimming and lacrosse teams. Following graduation, she taught and coached at John F. Kennedy High School in nearby Silver Spring, Md.
A popular speaker and teacher of the game, Weller returned to Maryland for her master's degree in 1973 and became an assistant for two seasons under Dottie McKnight. In 1975, Weller was elevated to head coach at her alma mater.
ACC WEEKLY TELECONFERENCE
11:00 a.m. Jim Davis, Clemson 11:08 a.m. Gail Goestenkors, Duke 11:16 a.m. Sue Semrau, Florida State 11:24 a.m. Agnus Berenato, Georgia Tech 11:32 a.m. Chris Weller, Maryland 11:40 a.m. Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 11:48 a.m. Kay Yow, NC State 11:56 a.m. Debbie Ryan, Virginia 12:04 p.m. Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest