Terps in ECAC Holiday Tournament
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (1-2, 1-0) ECAC Holiday Tournament, November 29-30, 1997 Hart Recreation Center - Worcester, Mass. 1997-98 MARYLAND SCHEDULE (1-2, 1-0) N15 at Rutgers L, 67-44 N19 LOYOLA (MD.) L, 57-50 N22 GEORGIA TECH W, 74-42 N29 ECAC Holiday Tournament ** Maryland vs. Harvard 1:00 PM Mt. St. Mary's vs. Holy Cross 3:30 PM N30 Consolation Game 1:00 PM Championship Game 3:30 PM D4 HAMPTON 7:30 PM D7 PENN STATE 7:00 PM D13 DIAL CLASSIC %% MVSU vs. Howard 1:00 PM Maryland vs. Hartford 3:00 PM D14 Consolation Game 2:00 PM Championship Game 4:00 PM D22 at Duke 7:00 PM D29 at St. Peter's Tournament ## Maryland vs. South Carolina 5:30 PM New Hampshire vs. St. Peter's 7:30 PM D30 Consolation Game 5:30 PM Championship Game 7:30 PM J4 WAKE FOREST 2:00 PM J8 at Virginia 7:30 PM J11 at Clemson 2:00 PM J15 N.C. STATE 7:30 PM J18 NORTH CAROLINA 4:00 PM (TV) J23 at Florida State 7:00 PM J26 at Georgia Tech 7:00 PM (TV) J30 DUKE 7:30 PM F4 at Wake Forest 7:00 PM F9 VIRGINIA 7:00 PM (TV) F12 CLEMSON 7:30 PM F16 at N.C. State 7:00 PM (TV) F20 at North Carolina 7:00 PM F22 FLORIDA STATE 2:00 PM F26-M 1 ACC Tournament $$ ** at Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. %% at College Park, Md. ## at Jersey City, N.J. $$Independence Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
THE TOURNAMENT: Maryland plays Harvard in the first-round of the ECAC Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1:00 p.m. This will be the first-ever meeting between Maryland and Harvard with the winner playing the victor of the Mt. St. Mary's - Holy Cross contest, which gets underway at 3:30 p.m. The consolation game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the championship game following at 3:30 p.m.
MARYLAND: The Terps defeated conference foe Georgia Tech, 74-42, last Saturday for their first win of the season. Maryland dominated from the opening tip, building a double-digit lead by the 12:33 mark of the first-half. The Terps shot 51.4 percent (18-35) from the field in the first-period to take a commanding 40-20 halftime lead. Stephanie Cross scored a season- and game-high 24 points and Sonia Chase tied her career-high point total of 21. Sophomore center Branka Bogunovic added a career-high 16 points and Kelley Gibson contributed with her first career double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds). Maryland finished the game shooting 50 percent (32-64) from the field.
IN TOURNAMENT PLAY: The ECAC Holiday Tournament is the first of three tournaments the Terps will participate in this season. The other two include the Dial Soap Classic at Maryland and the St. Peter's Tournament in Jersey City, NJ. In tournament play last season, the Terps won the Rutgers Brother Holiday Tournament in Piscataway, NJ, defeating Vermont, 62-52, and Howard, 71-49. Stephanie Cross (15 ppg, 4 rpg) was selected as the MVP and Kelley Gibson (10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) was named to the all-tournament team. Maryland also won the Dial Soap Classic as it defeated Radford, 83-44, and SW Texas State, 61-49, at Cole Field House. Sonia Chase (14 ppg, 7.5 rpg) was named MVP and Tiffany Brown (11.5 ppg, 3 rpg) was selected to the all-tournament team.
1.5 to 1 In 87 career games, Sonia Chase has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.5 to 1 (283 to 188).
2.8 to 1 In three games this season, Sonia Chase has dished out 14 assists and committed only five turnovers, including zero in 34 minutes of play against Georgia Tech last Saturday.
3 Sonia Chase's scoring average in this season's first three games is three-times higher than her first three games from last season. (19.0 to 6.3)
16 Branka Bogunovic scored a career-high 16 points against Georgia Tech.
16 Stephanie Cross became the 16th Terp in school history to score 1,000 career points. Her seven points against Rutgers in the season opener pushed her over the 1,000 point plateau.
19 Sonia Chase entered the 1997-98 season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points per game. After three games, she is averaging 19.0 points per game.
71.1 Maryland's winning percentage against non-conference teams since the 1977-78 season.
75.6 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of November (34-11). Weller has never had a losing record in the month of November.
241 The number of non-conference games Chris Weller has won since the 1977-78 season.
1.000 Maryland's winning percentage in tournament play last season (4-0).
MARYLAND VERSUS THE OPPOSITION: Maryland meets Harvard for the first time in school history in the opening game of the tournament. The Terps are 3-0 all-time against Mt. St. Mary's and 0-1 versus Holy Cross. Maryland last met Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 8, 1995 (74-58) in the Dial Soap Classic in College Park. In its only game against Holy Cross, Maryland fell 81-74 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 13, 1991.
WELLER VERSUS TOURNAMENT CONFERENCES: Head Coach Chris Weller's career-mark against the conferences represented in the tournament stands at 6-1. Weller is 1-0 against the Ivy League, 4-0 against the Northeast Conference and 1-1 against the Patriot League.
MARYLAND'S ALL-TIME NON-CONFERENCE RECORD:
Maryland's record against non-conference opponents since the 1977-78 season (when conference play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference) is 241-98. Since the 1991-92 season, when nine teams began conference play (16 games), the Terps' best non-conference season record is 12-3 in 1991-92. Maryland recorded a 22-3 non-conference mark (27-4 overall) in the 1977-78 season when six conference games were played.
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.
IN TODAY'S GAME LOOK FOR:
… Sonia Chase to move into a tie for 10th-place in career starts (needs 1)
… Sonia Chase to move into fourth-place in steals (needs 7)
… Kelley Gibson to move into fourth-place in three-point field goals (needs 1)
MARYLAND HITS 50% MARK: The Terps hit the 50 percent field goal shooting mark for the first time this season against Georgia Tech last Saturday. Last season, Maryland converted 50 percent or more of its field goals in 10 contests, including a streak of four consecutive games. In 28 games last season, Maryland's field goal percentage was higher than its opponents in 18 games.
WHEN LESS IS BETTER: Maryland committed only 10 turnovers against Georgia Tech last Saturday, its lowest since Dec. 2, 1995 against Rutgers when the Terps turned the ball over nine times. For the season, Maryland has committed 14 fewer turnovers than its opposition.
ON THE CHASE: Senior co-captain Sonia Chase has produced career-high numbers this season. After three games, the Baltimore native is averaging career-highs in scoring (19.0) and rebounds (7.0). Compared to last season's averages after three games, Chase's scoring average is up 12.3 points per game and her rebound average is up 2.7 rebounds per game. Chase's 57 total points this season is the highest three game point total in her career. Her previous three game-high total of 52 points came against Florida State (21), Iona (14) and North Carolina (17) in the 1994-95 season. Dating back to last season, Chase has scored in double digits in Maryland's last six games. In those six games, she is averaging 16.5 points per game.
DOUBLE DIGITS: Stephanie Cross scored a season-high 24 points against Georgia Tech last Saturday for her second consecutive double digit game of the season. Cross has scored in double digits in 68 percent of her career games (58 double digit games in 85 games). Cross' career-long double digit streak is 10 games which occurred last season.
20 x 2: Stephanie Cross' (24) and Sonia Chase's (21) 20+ point performance against Georgia Tech last Saturday marked the first time since Feb. 22, 1997, against the Clemson Tigers, that two Terps scored 20 or more points in one game. Against Clemson, Sonia Chase scored 20 and Kalisa Davis scored 22. The Terps converted the 20 x 2 against the Florida State Seminoles last season as well when Cross scored 22 and Davis added 20.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TERPS: Kelley Gibson recorded her first career double-double performance against Georgia Tech last Saturday as she scored 10 points and collected a career-high 11 rebounds. Gibson joins Sonia Chase as one of two Terps to record a double-double this season.
STANDING TALL: Standing 6-8, sophomore center Branka Bogunovic is the tallest woman to ever play basketball at the University of Maryland. Bogunovic played in only eight games last year but has asserted herself in Maryland's last two games. She scored a career-high 16 points against Georgia Tech and collected a career-high 14 rebounds against Loyola (Md.). Her 14 rebounds against Loyola (Md.) was the most rebounds by a Terp since Stephanie Cross' 15 against Towson (12/21/96) last season.
ALL-ACC MEDIA PRE-SEASON 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 rebounding the last two. Chase has led Maryland in steals for three consecutive seasons and assists as a sophomore and junior.
UP NEXT: Maryland returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 4, against the Lady Pirates of Hampton at Cole Field House. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
1997-98 TERPS' RECORD WHEN: Overall Record 1-2 ACC Record 1-0 Home Record Overall 1-1 Road Record Overall 0-1 Neutral Site Record 0-0 ACC Home Record 1-0 ACC Road Record 0-0 Led at half-time 1-1 Trailed at half-time 0-1 Tied at half-time 0-0 Shot 50% of better 1-0 Shot less than 50% 0-0 Shot less than 45% 0-0 Shot less than 40% 0-2 Had higher FG% than opponent 1-0 Had lower FG% than opponent 0-2 More rebounds than opponent 0-1 Fewer rebounds than opponent 1-1 Rebounds equal 0-0 Had fewer turnovers than opponent 1-1 Had more turnovers than opponent 0-1 Turnovers equal 0-0 Shot more FTs than opponent 1-0 Shot fewer FTs than opponent 0-2 Scored between 40-50 points 0-2 Scored between 50-60 points 0-0 Scored between 60-70 points 0-0 Scored between 70-80 points 1-0 Scored between 80-90 points 0-0 Scored between 90-100 points 0-0 Record in November 1-2 Record on Sunday 0-0 Record on Monday 0-0 Record on Tuesday 0-0 Record on Wednesday 0-1 Record on Thursday 0-0 Record on Friday 0-0 Record on Saturday 1-1
HEAD COACH CHRIS WELLER
Chris Weller begins her 23rd season at the helm of the Maryland basketball program. She has registered a 433-210 career-mark at her alma mater while accomplishing a myriad of astounding goals. She became only the fifth coach to earn at least 400 victories at a single institution as the Terrapins defeated a tough NC State team 83-80 on January 28, 1995. The nationally respected coach has directed her squads to an unprecedented eight Atlantic Coast Championships. In addition to her achievements in the conference, Weller has also led her teams to 15 National Tournament appearances, advancing to 10 Sweet 16's, eight Final Eight's and three Final Fours.
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
Beginning Thursday January 8, the weekly ACC teleconference with begin at 11:00 a.m. Each coach will have eight minutes to answer questions from the media. The schedule is as follows: