Dec. 28, 1997
Maryland Plays in Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (7-3, 1-1) Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic hosted by St. Peter's, December 29-30, 1997 Yanitelli Center - Jersey City, N.J. 1997-98 MARYLAND SCHEDULE (7-3, 1-1) 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 L, 65-48 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.
THE TOURNAMENT: The Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic is the last of three tournaments the Terps play in this season. Maryland is 4-0 in tournament games this season, having won the ECAC Holiday Festival and the Dial Soap Classic. Maryland defeated Harvard (81-61) and Holy Cross (82-74) to capture the ECAC Holiday Festival Championship and beat Hartford (70-50) and Howard (59-48) to win the Dial Soap Classic for the second consecutive year.
MARYLAND: The Terps enter the tournament with an overall record of 7-3 and a mark of 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland' seven game win streak ended last Monday with a 65-48 loss to 23rd-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Maryland will play South Carolina while host St. Peter's takes on New Hampshire in the first round games on Monday. South Carolina is coached by Susan Walvius, who is in her first season with the Lady Gamecocks. New Hampshire is coached by Susan Johnson, who is in her first season with the Wildcats and Mike Granelli is in his 27th season at St. Peter's.
MARYLAND vs. TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Maryland will face South Carolina for the first time in school history in tonight's game. Maryland has never played St. Peter's, as well, and defeated New Hampshire, 74-72, in the Syracuse Classic on Jan. 15, 1983 in the only meeting between the teams.
TERPS vs. FIRST TIME OPPONENTS: Maryland has played 116 opponents all-time and has compiled a record of 90-26 in first-time games. Maryland has defeated two first-time opponents this season; Harvard, 81-61, and Hampton, 65-57.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
2nd Maryland ranks second in the ACC in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of 57.4 points per game.
2 Maryland has won two tournaments it has played in this season; the ECAC Holiday Festival and the Dial Soap Classic.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage defense in the ACC, holding the opposition to a mark of 39.0 percent.
10.8 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
26 In Maryland's last five games, the Terps have committed 26 fewer turnovers than the opposition.
44.0 The Terps rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage with a mark of 44.0.
71.6 The Terps' winning percentage in non-conference games since the 1977-78 season.
77.2 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of December (102-30). 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.
650 The number of games Chris Weller has coached at the University of Maryland.
1.000 Maryland's winning percentage in tournament play this season. The Terps are 4-0.
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 247-98. 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. Maryland is 6-2 against non-conference opponents this season.
WELLER vs. TOURNAMENT CONFERENCES: Teams playing in the tournament represent the Southeastern, America East and Metro Atlantic Athletic conferences. Chris Weller has compiled an all-time record of 22-21 against schools representing these three conferences.
MARYLAND IN TOURNAMENT PLAY THIS SEASON: Maryland is 4-0 in tournament play this season. At the ECAC Holiday Festival, Stephanie Cross was selected as the MVP and Sonia Chase was selected to the all-tournament team. Cross averaged 23.5 points and eight rebounds per game while Chase averaged 18.5 points and five assists per game. At the Dial Soap Classic, Chase was selected the tournament MVP (15.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Cross (16.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Kalisa Davis (16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) were all-tournament team selections.
WELCOME BACK FROM THE HOLIDAYS: Since the 1991-92 season, Maryland is 5-1 in its first game played following Christmas Day.
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
1.47 to 1 In 94 career games, Sonia Chase has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.47 to 1 (309 to 209).
3rd Stephanie Cross is the ACC's second leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game.
5th Sonia Chase is the ACC's third leading scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game.
18 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goals attempts in 18 consecutive games.
19 Stephanie Cross pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds against Hampton.
33 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 33.
40 Sonia Chase is fourth in the ACC in assists with 40 and her 4.0 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.
48 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 48 of 77 career games.
68.6 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
7,514 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
BUCKETS vs. TURNOVERS: In their last five games, the Terps have forced more turnovers than field goals allowed. Maryland has forced a total of 126 turnovers and have allowed 105 field goals in its last five game. For the season, Maryland's opponents have scored 218 field goals and committed 236 turnovers. The Terps on the other hand, have scored 254 field goals and have turned the ball over 197 times.
FIELD GOALS PART II: The Maryland defense has held its opposition to an average of 21.8 field goals per game this season. Only one team this season has converted more than 23 field goals in a game (Holy Cross, 30) and Duke is the only team in the last five games to score more than 21 field goals in a game. The Blue Devils converted 22 baskets.
RETURN TO SENDER: Maryland has blocked at least one shot in its last nine games and has recorded a total of 25 rejections this season, 61 percent of last year's total of 41. Maryland's two leading shot blockers this season, Kelley Gibson (9) and Stephanie Cross (8), have combined for 17 rejections while Maryland's opponents have blocked a total of 12 shots. Gibson's nine blocks is one shy of her season-high of 10 established last year.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 434 of the Terps' 632 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 68.6 percent of Maryland's scoring total.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: In Maryland's 10 games this season, a member of the senior class has been the Terps' leading scorer. Chase was the top scorer against Rutgers, Loyola and Harvard; Cross led the Terps against Georgia Tech, Holy Cross and Hartford while Davis led Maryland against Hampton, Penn State, Howard and Duke.
DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING: At least two Terps have scored in double digits in Maryland's last four games. Stephanie Cross leads Maryland in double digit scoring games with eight, including her last four games, while Sonia Chase has hit for double digits in seven games. Kalisa Davis owns the team's current longest streak with six games in which she has scored double digits.
ALL-AROUND CHASE: Senior co-captain Sonia Chase is averaging a career-high 15.7 points per game this season. Her average this season is more than five points higher per game than last season's average of 10.5. In addition, she has recorded 40 assists this season and is on track to break her season-high 105 assists recorded last year.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC this season in steals with 33, for a 3.3 steals per game average. Chase currently ranks 17th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 253 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 10 games, Stephanie Cross has grabbed 77 rebounds for an average of 7.7 rebounds per game. 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 64.7 percent (44-of-68) and she is averaging 16.3 points per game. In 77 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 48 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 18 consecutive games. She was six-for-six from the field against Duke.
DISHING IT OUT AND SENDING IT BACK: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out 50 assists this season for a team-high average of 5.0 per game. In addition to leading the team in assists, she leads the team in blocked shots with nine.
THREE-POINT THREAT RETURNS: Sophomore Tiffany Brown returned for the Duke contest after missing four games with a knee injury. In the first five games of the season with Brown in the lineup, Maryland attempted 36 three-point shots. In her four game absence, the Terps attempted nine three-point shots. Brown attempted four three-pointers against the Blue Devils in her return.
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 returns to Cole Field House for a conference game against Wake Forest on Sunday, Jan. 4. Game time is 2:00 p.m.
HEAD COACH CHRIS WELLER
Chris Weller is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Maryland basketball program. She has registered a 439-211 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.
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