Jan. 7, 1998
Maryland Prepares for Virginia
MARYLAND (9-4, 2-1) vs. #9 VIRGINIA (10-2, 1-2) Thursday, January 8, 1998 - 7:30 p.m. University Hall, Charlottesville, Va. Radio - WBAL 1090 AM
MARYLAND: Maryland enters tonight's game with an overall record of 9-4 and a mark of 2-1 in the ACC. The Terps defeated Wake Forest, 61-59, on Sunday at Cole Field House in their last game and will be looking to win their first conference road game of the season tonight against Virginia.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers enter tonight's game with an overall record of 10-2 and a conference mark of 1-2. Virginia was defeated by Clemson, 74-67, in its last outing on Monday night. The Cavaliers' leading scorer is Mimi McKinney, who averages 15.1 points per game and DeMya Walker averages 7.9 rebounds per game to lead the Cavaliers. Virginia is coached by Debbie Ryan, who is in her 21st season with the Cavaliers and owns a career mark of 472-157.
47 AND COUNTING: The Maryland/Virginia series is the second longest in school history. Maryland and NC State have played 51 times.
MARYLAND vs. VIRGINIA ALL-TIME SERIES:
Tonight's game is the 48th meeting between the Terps and Cavaliers.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kelley Gibson leads the ACC in assists with 67.
1st Maryland ranks first in the ACC in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of 58.4 points per game.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage in the ACC, hitting 44.0 percent of their shots.
3 Three of the top seven scorers in the conference are Terrapins - Stephanie Cross, Kalisa Davis and Sonia Chase.
4.1 Maryland's turnover margin is 4.1, fourth-best in the conference.
5th Maryland ranks fifth in the ACC in field goal defense, allowing opponents to hit 40.7 percent.
10.6 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
60.5 Maryland has won 60.5 percent of its ACC games all-time.
65.5 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (129-68). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
CURRENT TERPS vs. VIRGINIA:
Listed below are the career statistics for current Terps against the Cavaliers.
LAST TIME OUT: Trailing by 12 points, 56-44, with 4:26 remaining in the game, Maryland went on a 13-0 run to take a 57-56 lead at the 1:25 mark and the Terrapins went on to a 61-59 win over Wake Forest on Sunday. Kelley Gibson's basket with 1:25 remaining gave Maryland its first lead since the 10:54 mark of the first half. Maryland's defense forced 30 turnovers that led to 20 Terp points. Kalisa Davis led Maryland with 18 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds and Sonia Chase added 16 points.
QUICK ACC START: With a win over Virginia tonight, Maryland's 3-1 conference record will be its best start since the 1993-94 season when the Terps won three of their first four conference games.
WINS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE EQUAL ACC SUCCESS: In three of Maryland's four wins over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, the Terps went on to win the ACC championship.
RPI RANKING: In games played through Jan. 4, Maryland ranks 44th in the The Women's RPI Report with an overall rating of .5973. The Atlantic Coast Conference has an overall rating of .5938, third-best in the nation. Eight teams from the ACC rank in the top 100 and six in the top 50.
RETURN TO SENDER: The Terps have blocked at least one shot in their last 12 games and have blocked a total of 31 shots this season, 75.6 percent of last season's total of 41. Kelley Gibson leads the team with nine rejections this season.
WHEN LESS IS BETTER: Maryland has committed 53 fewer turnovers than its opposition this season (252-305) and is 7-2 when it commits fewer turnovers in a game. The Terps' defense has forced 95 turnovers in their last four games, including an opponent season-high 30 by Wake Forest.
HIDING FROM THE ZEBRAS: The Terps are 9-1 this season when they commit fewer personal fouls than the opposition. The Terps have committed a total of 50 fewer personal fouls (236-186) than their opponents, averaging 3.6 fewer fouls per game. Maryland was whistled for a season-low seven fouls against South Carolina and Hartford and a season-high 22 in the first game of the season against Rutgers. Maryland is averaging only 14.3 fouls per game.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 561 of the Terps' 823 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 (238 of 485).
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: In Maryland's 13 games, a member of the senior class has led the team in scoring in each game. Kalisa Davis has led the Terps in scoring in six games, Sonia Chase in four games and Stephanie Cross in three.
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
2nd Kalisa Davis ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage with a mark of 65.0.
3 All three of the seniors rank in the top eight in the ACC in field goal percentage.
18 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 18 consecutive games.
19 Stephanie Cross' career-high 19 rebounds against Hampton is the ACC's season-high in the 1997-98 season.
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.
46 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 46.
50.1 The three seniors combined are shooting 50.1 percent from the field (229-of-457).
51 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 51 of 80 career games.
68.2 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
87 The three seniors have combined for 87 steals this season, seven less than Maryland's 13 opponents combined.
7,787 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP 2: In the first three games of the season, three different underclassmen led the Terps in rebounds. However, in the last 10 games one of the three seniors has led the team in rebounds. Cross has led the Terps in rebounds in seven games, Chase in two games and Davis in three. Cross recorded a career-high 19 boards against Hampton on Dec. 4.
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 leads Maryland in double-digit scoring games with 11.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES: Maryland is the only school in the ACC with four players that have recorded double-double performances this season. Sonia Chase has recorded two double-double performances and Stephanie Cross, Kelley Gibson and Kalisa Davis have each recorded one.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 46 this season for an average of 3.5 thefts per game. Chase currently ranks 16th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 266. She led the ACC in thefts in 1996 with 90. Chase has recorded at least one steal in every game this season. Below is the ACC career steals chart:
GRAB THAT BALL: Stephanie Cross is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game, tops on the team and seventh-best in the conference. Cross needs just six rebounds to reach the century mark this season.
GIVE HER THE BALL: Kalisa Davis is second in the ACC in field goal percentage, shooting 65.0 percent (63-97) and is averaging 16.1 points per game. In 80 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 51 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 18 consecutive games and in her last four games, she has converted 25-of-35 for a shooting mark of 71.4 percent.
ASSIST TO GIBSON: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out a conference-high 67 assists this season for an average of 5.2 per game. Gibson has led the Terps in assists in eight of the last nine games.
FRESHMAN MAKING CONTRIBUTION: Freshman Meghan McIntyre has started two games for the Terps this season and is the sixth leading rebounder on the team with 43 boards. McIntyre's average of 3.9 rebounds per game is the fourth-highest by a freshman in the ACC this season.
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.
UP NEXT: Maryland travels to Clemson, S.C., to play the Tigers on Sunday, Jan. 11. 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 441-212 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.