Jan. 3, 1998
Maryland Prepares for Wake Forest
MARYLAND (8-4, 1-1) vs. WAKE FOREST (4-9, 0-3) Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 2:00 p.m. Cole Field House - College Park, Md.
MARYLAND: Maryland enters this afternoon's game with an overall record of 8-4 and a mark of 1-1 in the ACC. Maryland will be looking to win its second home conference game of the season, having defeated Georgia Tech 74-42 on Nov. 22.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons enter this afternoon's game with an overall record of 4-9 and a conference mark of 0-3. Wake Forest was defeated by Duke,73-60, in its last outing on Friday night. The Deacs' leading scorer is Heidi Coleman, who averages 11.7 points per game and Emon McMillian leads the team in rebounds with an average of 7.2 boards per game. Wake Forest is coached by Charlene Curtis, who is in her first season with the Deacons. Curtis was the head coach at Radford from 1984-90 and then took over the Temple program from 1990-95. Curtis owns a career mark of 166-159.
MARYLAND vs. WAKE FOREST ALL-TIME SERIES:
MARYLAND'S ALL-TIME CONFERENCE RECORD: Maryland's all-time conference record stands at 155-102. The Terps' 155 victories ranks fourth all-time in the ACC and their 60.3 winning percentage ranks third highest all-time.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
2nd Maryland ranks second in the ACC in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of 58.3 points per game.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage in the ACC, hitting 44.5 percent of their shots.
3 Three of the top five scorers in the conference are Terrapins - Stephanie Cross, Kalisa Davis and Sonia Chase.
3.3 Maryland's turnover margin is 3.3, fourth-best in the conference.
10.9 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
60.4 Maryland has won 60.4 percent of its ACC games all-time.
65.3 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (128-68). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
LAST TIME OUT: Maryland defeated South Carolina, 74-60, in the first round of the Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic last Monday. Sonia Chase scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Terps. In the championship game against St. Peter's on Tuesday, Maryland committed 22 turnovers that led to 26 Peahen points and the Terps fell 66-61. Kalisa Davis led Maryland with 19 points and Stephanie Cross added 17.
TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis were named to the all-tournament team at the Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Festival. Chase averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, Cross averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds while Davis averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in games against South Carolina and St. Peter's.
TERPS IN TOURNAMENT PLAY: Maryland finished its in-season tournament play with a record of 5-1. Maryland won the ECAC Festival with wins over Harvard and Holy Cross, the Dial Soap Classic with wins over Hartford and Howard and finished second in the Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Festival.
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Since the 1976-77 season, Maryland's record in the first game of the new year stands at 13-8 overall, for a winning percentage of 61.9. At Cole Field House, Maryland's record stands at 8-3, for an impressive 72.7 percent winning mark.
IN TODAY'S GAME LOOK FOR:
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
3rd Stephanie Cross is tied for third-place in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game.
3rd Kalisa Davis is tied for third-place in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game.
5th Sonia Chase is tied for fifth-place in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game.
5th Stephanie Cross is tied for fifth-place in the ACC in rebounds with an average of 7.8 boards per game.
20 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 20 consecutive games.
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.
41 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 41.
46 Sonia Chase is fourth in the ACC in assists with 46 and her 3.8 assists per game average places her fifth.
50 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 50 of 79 career games.
68.2 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
7,700 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
CURRENT TERPS vs. WAKE FOREST:
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 523 of the Terps' 767 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 68.2 percent of Maryland's scoring total. The three seniors also account for 49 percent of Maryland's rebound total (221 of 451).
SENIORITY RULES PART 2: In Maryland's 12 games this season, one of the three seniors has led Maryland in scoring. Davis has led Maryland in scoring in five games, Chase in four games and Cross in three.
TWENTY PLUS: Maryland has turned in six 20+ point performances this season, three shy of last season's total of nine. Cross has scored 20 or more points in three games (Georgia Tech, Harvard, Holy Cross), Chase in two games (Georgia Tech and Harvard) and Davis in one (Hampton).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES: Maryland is the only school in the ACC with three players that have recorded double-double performances this season. Chase recorded a double-double performance against Loyola and Howard, Cross against Harvard and Gibson against Georgia Tech.
NOW YOU KNOW: Maryland has three of the top five scorers in the ACC. Cross and Davis are tied for third-place with an average of 15.9 points per game and Chase is tied for fifth-place with an average of 15.8 points per game.
FREE THROW IMPROVEMENT: In their last two games, the Terps' free throw percentage has improved 13.5 percent from the first 10 games. The Terps have shot 73.8 percent (31-42) from the free throw line in the last two games, compared to 60.3 percent (144-239) in the first 10 games.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING: Since the Penn State game, there have been at least two Terps that have scored in double figures in each game. Against the Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina, five players recorded double-digit scoring marks. Sonia Chase and Stephanie Cross lead Maryland in double-digit scoring games with 10 each.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC this season in steals with 41, 13 more than second-place Erin Stovall of Virginia. Chase currently ranks 17th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 261 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. Chase has recorded at least one steal in every game this season.
GRAB THAT BALL: Stephanie Cross is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, tops on the team and fifth-best in the conference. Cross needs just seven rebounds to reach the century mark this season.
HOT HAND: Kalisa Davis leads the ACC in field goal percentage, shooting 66.3 percent (55-of-83) and is averaging 15.9 points per game. In 79 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 50 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 20 consecutive games and in her last four games, she has converted 17-of-21 for a shooting mark of 81 percent.
ASSIST TO GIBSON: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out a conference-high 64 assists this season, 16 more than Itoro Umoh of Clemson. Gibson is averaging 5.3 assists per game, including her season-high of eight assists against St. Peter's last Tuesday night.
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 Charlottesville, Va., to play the Cavaliers on Thursday, Jan. 8. Game time is 7:30 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 440-212 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.