Dec. 21, 1997
Maryland Plays at Duke
MARYLAND (7-2, 1-0) vs. No. 17 DUKE (6-3, 0-1) Monday, December 22, 1997 - 7:00 p.m. Cameron Indoor Stadium - Durham, N.C. 1997-98 MARYLAND SCHEDULE (7-2, 1-0) N15 at Rutgers L,67-44 N19 LOYOLA (MD.) L, 57-50 N22 GEORGIA TECH W, 74-42 ECAC Holiday Tournament N29 vs. Harvard** W, 81-61 N30 at Holy Cross** W, 82-74 D4 HAMPTON W, 65-57 D7 PENN STATE W, 59-53 DIAL CLASSIC D13 Hartford%% W, 70-50 D14 Howard%% W, 59-48 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 $$ ** at Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. %% at College Park, Md. ## at St. Peter's, Jersey City, N.J. $$Independence Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
MARYLAND: The Terps enter tonight's game with a seven game winning streak, its longest since last season's nine game stretch from Nov. 25-Dec. 29, 1996. Tonight's game also marks Maryland's first conference road game of the season. Since the 1982-83 season, when conference teams met twice a year, Maryland's record in opening conference away games stands at 8-7.
DUKE: Duke enters tonight's game with an overall record of 6-3 and 0-1 in the ACC. In their last game, the Blue Devils were defeated by UCLA, 93-83, Saturday night. Nicole Erickson leads Duke in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game and Payton Black averages 11.4 points per game. Head Coach Gail Goestenkors is in her sixth season at Duke and has compiled an overall record of 101-38 and a mark of 41-40 in the ACC.
MARYLAND'S ALL-TIME CONFERENCE RECORD: Maryland's all-time conference record stands at 155-101, including its 74-42 win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 22. The Terps' 155 victories ranks fourth all-time in the ACC and their 60.5 winning percentage ranks third highest all-time.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
0 The number of three-point shots the Terps attempted against Howard. The last time Maryland did not attempt a three-point shot was 23 games ago against Florida State on Jan. 15, 1997.
1st Maryland leads the ACC in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of 56.6 points per game.
2 Maryland has won two tournaments it has played in this season; the ECAC Holiday Festival and the Dial Soap Classic. Maryland plays in the St. Peter's Tournament next week.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage defense in the ACC, holding the opposition to a mark of 38.6.
7 The Terps have won seven consecutive games.
11.1 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
44.2 The Terps rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage with a mark of 44.2 percent.
60.5 Maryland has won 60.5 percent of its ACC games all-time.
78.0 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of December (102-29). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of December 21 times. Last season, the Terps were 7-0 in the month of December.
649 The number of games Chris Weller has coached at the University of Maryland.
THAT'S ALOT OF GAMES: Tonight's game against Duke marks the 650th game coached by Chris Weller at the University of Maryland. Weller has amassed a career record of 439-210 and a conference record of 155-101. RECAP: Maryland won the Dial Soap Classic for the second consecutive year with wins over Hartford (70-50) and Howard (59-48) last weekend. Sonia Chase was selected tournament MVP (30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and seven steals) and Stephanie Cross (33 points, 14 rebounds) and Kalisa Davis (33 points, 15 rebounds) were all-tournament team selections. In the championship game against Howard, Chase recorded her second double-double performance of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Dial Soap Classic was the second tournament the Terps have won this season. Maryland defeated Harvard and Holy Cross to capture the ECAC Holiday Tournament late last month.
LAST SEASON AGAINST THE BLUE DEVILS: Maryland and Duke split the regular season series with each team winning on its home court. Maryland defeated then-No. 14 Duke, 68-64, on Jan. 12 led by Kelley Gibson's 16 points. Maryland tied the score at 11 early in the first-half and never trailed the remainder of the game. At Cameron, the Terps trailed 33-30 at the half and tied the scored at 50 with six minutes remaining, but Duke went on a 7-0 run to take control of the game and the Blue Devils went on to the 66-57 win. The teams met a third time in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Maryland led by three points with 78 seconds remaining in the game but Kira Orr hit a three-point shot to tie the score at 48 to end regulation play. In the overtime period, Duke scored the first six points and won 60-52.
IF YOU WERE NOT PRESENT FOR THE HOWARD GAME, YOU MISSED:
2) Kelley Gibson lead the Terps in assists for the fifth consecutive game.
3) Sonia Chase record her second double-double performance of the season and the sixth of her career.
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.
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
1.5 to 1 In 93 career games, Sonia Chase has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.5 to 1 (306 to 207).
2nd Stephanie Cross is the ACC's second leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points per game.
3rd Sonia Chase is the ACC's third leading scorer, averaging 16.4 points per game.
17 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goals attempts in 17 consecutive games.
19 Stephanie Cross pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds against Hampton.
32 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 32.
37 Sonia Chase is fourth in the ACC in assists with 37 and her 4.1 assists per game average places her fifth.
25 Kalisa Davis scored a career-high 25 points against Hampton.
25 Sonia Chase scored a career-high 25 points against Harvard in the ECAC Holiday Festival.
47 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 47 of 76 career games.
68.5 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
7,436 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
# ACC numbers reflect games through Friday, Dec. 19.
THE BUCK STOPS AT 21: In four of Maryland's last six games, the Terp defense has held the opposition to 21 field goals. In its seven game win streak, Maryland is averaging 6.3 more field goals than the opposition. Holy Cross is the only team this season that has converted more than 23 field goals in a game.
HIDING FROM THE ZEBRAS: In their last six games, the Terps have committed a total of 66 team fouls, an average of 11 per game. In the same six game stretch, Maryland opponents have committed a total of 110 fouls, an average of 18 per game. In Maryland's last seven games, Georgia Tech is the only team that has enjoyed the double bonus situation (two foul shots after 10 fouls in a half). Maryland committed a season-low seven team fouls against Hartford in the Dial Soap Classic.
RETURN TO SENDER: Maryland has blocked at least one shot in its last eight games and has recorded a total of 23 rejections this season, 56 percent of last year's total of 41. Maryland's two leading shot blockers this season, Kelley Gibson (8) and Stephanie Cross (8), have combined for 16 rejections while Maryland's opponents have blocked a total of 10 shots.
THIEVES ON THE COURT: Maryland's starting five of Cross (23), Davis (12), Bogunovic (0), Chase (32) and Gibson (12) have combined for 79 of the team's 100 steals this season. Maryland's opponents have a total of 70 steals.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 400 of the Terps' 584 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 68.5 percent of Maryland's scoring total.
SENIORITY RULES PART 2: In Maryland's nine games this season, each of the three seniors has led Maryland in scoring three times. Chase was the top scorer against Rutger, Loyola and Harvard; Cross led the Terps against Georgia Tech, Holy Cross and Hartford while Davis led Maryland against Hampton, Penn State and Howard.
ON THE CHASE: Senior co-captain Sonia Chase is averaging a career-high 16.4 points per game this season. Her average this season is nearly six points higher per game than last season's average of 10.5. Dating back to last season, Chase has scored in double digits in Maryland's last 11 of 12 games.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC this season in steals with 32, for a 3.6 steals per game average. Chase currently ranks 17th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 252 and her career average of 2.7 steals per game places her 10th all-time in the conference. She led the ACC in thefts in 1996 with 90.
CLEANING GLASS: After nine games, Stephanie Cross has grabbed 72 rebounds for an average of 8.0 rebounds per game, fourth-best in the conference. At her present pace, Cross would grab 208 rebounds this season, becoming the 16th Terp in school history to reach the 200 board plateau in a season.
SHOOTING FOR THE STARS: Kalisa Davis leads the Terps in field goal percentage this season, shooting 61.3 percent (38-of-62) and she is averaging 16.8 points per game. In 76 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 47 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 17 consecutive games.
DISHING IT OUT AND SENDING IT BACK: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out 46 assists this season for an average of 5.1 per game. In Maryland's last five games, she has led the Terps in assists with an average of 7.0 per game. In addition to leading the team in assists, she is tied for the team lead in blocked shots with eight.
FRESH START: Freshman Meghan McIntyre made her first career start as a Terp against Howard in the championship game of the Dial Soap Classic. Barring an injury that held her out of two games, McIntyre has played in Maryland's other seven games and is the ACC's second leading freshman rebounder with an average of 4.7 boards per game.
THREE-POINT THREAT RETURNS: Sophomore Tiffany Brown has missed Maryland's last four games with a knee injury and should return for tonight's game against the Blue Devils. In the first five games of the season with Brown in the lineup, Maryland attempted 36 three-point shots. In her absence the last four games, the Terps have attempted nine three-point shots, including no attempts against Howard.
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.
UP NEXT: Maryland travels to Jersey City, NJ, to play in the St. Peter's Tournament next Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 29-30. The Terps play South Carolina and host St. Peter's plays New Hampshire. Maryland's game against the Gamecocks tips off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Chris Weller is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Maryland basketball program. She has registered a 439-210 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: