Dec. 3, 1997
Maryland to Host Hampton
MARYLAND (3-2, 1-0) vs. HAMPTON (2-2, 0-0)
MARYLAND: The Terps enter tonight's game with a three game win streak having defeated Georgia Tech, Harvard and Holy Cross. In their last three games, the Terps have averaged 79 points per game compared to a 62 point average in its first two. In Maryland's last three games, the Terps lowest shooting percentage was 49.2 percent (31-63) against Harvard. The Terps shot a season-high 52.4 percent (33-63) against Holy Cross in their 82-74 win in the championship game of the ECAC Holiday Festival.
HAMPTON: The Lady Pirates enter tonight's game with a 2-2 record. In its game, Liberty defeated Hampton, 84-69, on Tuesday night. Guard Nisha Wilson leads the Lady Pirates in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game.
THE SERIES: Tonight's game marks the first-ever meeting between the Terps and the Lady Pirates. Maryland has played 114 opponents all-time and has compiled a record of 88-26 in first-time games. At Cole Field House, the Terps are 38-6 all-time in first meetings.
ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For her MVP performance in the ECAC Holiday Festival last weekend, Stephanie Cross was named ACC Co-Player of the Week.
FESTIVAL HONORS: Stephanie Cross scored a season-high 26 points on 13-of-20 shooting against Holy Cross in the championship game of the ECAC Holiday Festival last weekend and was named the tournament MVP. Cross averaged 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two games. Chase was selected to the all-tournament team after scoring 37 points (18.5 ppg) and recording 10 assists (5.0 apg).
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
3 The Terps rank third in the ACC in scoring defense giving up an average of 60.2 points per game.
10.6 The number of steals the Terps average per game - second-best in the ACC.
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.
71.1 Maryland's winning percentage against non-conference teams since the 1977-78 season.
77.3 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of December (99-29). In 22 years, Weller has had a losing record in the month of December one time (3-4 in 1990-91). Last season, the Terps were 7-0 in the month of December.
243 The number of non-conference games Chris Weller has won since the 1977-78 season.
645 The number of games Chris Weller has coached at the University of Maryland.
1.000 Maryland's all-time winning percentage against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (28-0). Hampton is a member of the MEAC.
RECAP: Maryland captured the third annual ECAC Holiday Festival championship in Worcester, Mass., last weekend. In the first round, Maryland defeated Harvard, 81-61, led by Sonia Chase's career-high 25 points. Maryland took the lead at the 16:04 mark of the first-half and never trailed there after, taking a 39-31 halftime lead. Maryland extended its lead to 12 points in the first minute of the second-half and went on to outscore Harvard 42-30 in the second period. Stephanie Cross recorded her first double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
In the championship game against host Holy Cross, Maryland led the entire first-half, building a 10 point margin at the 7:21 mark, its biggest lead of the game, but led by only three points, 34-31, at intermission. Holy Cross held a four point advantage, 48-44, at the 14:06 mark in the second-half but the Terps took the lead for good, 61-58, with 6:14 remaining and went on to the eight point victory. Maryland shot a season-high 52.4 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the free throw line against the Crusaders.
MARYLAND'S ALL-TIME NON-CONFERENCE RECORD:
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 TONIGHT'S GAME LOOK FOR:
Category Place Player Number Points 14th Debbie Lytle (1979-83) 1,189 15th Jane Zivalich (1975-79) 1,113 16th Stephanie Cross (1994 - 1,089 Rebounds 11th Debbie Stewart (1976-79) 583 12th Jane Zivalich (1975-79) 574 Belinda Pearman (1980-84) 574 13th Stephanie Cross (1994- 570 3PT FGs Made 1st Carla Holmes (1988-91) 75 2nd Tiffany Brown (1996- 55 3rd Lillian Purvis (1994-97) 39 4th Limor Mizarachi (1991-92) 32 5th Kelley Gibson (1994- 31 3PT FG Att 1st Carla Holmes (1988-91) 199 2nd Tiffany Brown (1996- 175 3rd Lillian Purvis (1994-97) 130 4th Kelley Gibson (1994- 125 Assists 8th Jasmina Perazic (1979-83)342 9th Karon Ferguson (1991-95) 294 10th Sonia Chase (1994- 293 Steals 3rd Myra Waters (1978-82) 241 4th Sonia Chase (1994- 237 Games Started 9th Myra Waters (1978-82) 85 10th Sonia Chase (1994- 82
CHASE BY THE NUMBERS
MARYLAND HITS 50% MARK: The Terps hit the 50 percent field goal shooting mark for the first time this season against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22. 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. Maryland shot a season-high 52.4 percent against Holy Cross in the championship game of the ECAC Holiday Festival last Sunday.
SHOOTING UP 17%: In its last three games, the Terps shooting percentage has improved 17 percent from its first two games of the season. Against Rutgers and Loyola, the Terps converted 37-of-110 field goals (33.6 percent). In the last three games, Maryland has converted 96-of-190 field goals (50.5 percent). Overall, Maryland is outshooting its opponents 44.3 percent to 39.9 percent.
WHEN LESS IS BETTER: Maryland committed only 10 turnovers against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22, its lowest since Dec. 2, 1995 against Rutgers, when the Terps turned the ball over nine times. For the season, Maryland has committed 22 fewer turnovers than its opposition (88 to 110).
NEARLY ONE TO ONE: Maryland's assist to turnover ratio through five games is nearly one to one. The Terps have accumulated 84 assists and turned over the ball over 88 times. Maryland's opposition has 73 assists to 110 turnovers.
HIDING FROM THE ZEBRAS: In their last two games, the Terps have committed a total of 20 team fouls. In the ECAC Holiday Festival last weekend, the Terps were whistled for a foul 10 times in each game compared to the opposition's 38.
ON THE CHASE: Senior co-captain Sonia Chase has produced career-high numbers this season. After five games, the Baltimore native is averaging career-highs in scoring (18.8) and assists (4.8). Compared to last season's scoring average after five games, Chase's average is up 10.4 points per game. Chase's 94 total points this season is the highest five game point total in her career. Her previous five game-high total of 78 points came against Duke (12), Clemson (14), 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 eight games. In those eight games, she is averaging 17.0 points per game.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC this season in steals with 17, for a 3.4 steals per game average. Chase currently ranks 20th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 237 and 10th in steals per game with 2.7. She led the ACC in thefts in 1996 with 90.
DOUBLE DIGITS: Senior co-captain Stephanie Cross scored 21 points against Harvard and a season-high 26 points against Holy Cross in the ECAC Holiday Festival last weekend. Cross has scored 20 or more points in Maryland's last three games and has broke the 20 point barrier in 13 career games. Cross has scored in double digits in 69 percent of her career games (60 double digit games in 87 games). Cross' career-long double digit streak is 10 games which occurred last season. Cross also recorded her first double-double of the season against Harvard (21 points, 12 rebounds) and has recorded 10 career double-double games.
RIGHT WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Senior forward/center Kalisa Davis led the Terps in field goal shooting last season, hitting 58.7 percent from the field. In two games this season, Davis is shooting 68.8 percent (11-of-16) and is averaging 12.5 points per game. In 72 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 43 games, including her last 10. In those last 10 games, she has converted 56-of-78 field goals for a shooting percentage of 71.8.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TERPS: Three Terps have recorded a double-double performance this season. Kelley Gibson recorded her first career double-double performance against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22 when she scored 10 points and collected a career-high 11 rebounds. Sonia Chase's performance came against Loyola with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. Stephanie Cross' 10th career double-double came against Harvard when she scored 21 points and collected 12 rebounds.
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. Chase is currently the ACC's second leading scorer with an average of 18.8 points per game and Cross is right behind with an average of 18.4.
UP NEXT: Maryland returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 7, against the Lady Lions of Penn State at Cole Field House. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.
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.