Jan. 14, 1998
MARYLAND (9-6, 2-3) vs. #10 NC STATE (14-1, 5-0) Thursday, January 15, 1998 - 7:30 p.m. Cole Field House - College Park, Md.
MARYLAND: Maryland enters tonight's game with an overall record of 9-6 and a mark of 2-3 in the ACC. The Terps were defeated by Clemson, 73-51, on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum and will be looking to win their third conference home game of the season tonight against the Wolfpack.
NC STATE: NC State enters tonight's game with an overall record of 14-1 and a conference mark of 5-0. NC State remains the only undefeated team in the ACC with its 67-59 win over Virginia on Sunday. Chasity Melvin leads NC State in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (9.8 rpg) and assists (3.3 apg). NC State is coached by Kay Yow, who is in her 23rd season with the Wolfpack. Yow owns a record of 484-196 at NC State and an overall career mark of 541-215 in 27 years.
MARYLAND vs. NC STATE ALL-TIME SERIES:
NOW YOU KNOW: The Maryland/NC State series is the longest running series in school history. Maryland and NC State first played on Feb. 6, 1976.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kelley Gibson leads the ACC in assists with 77.
2 Two of the top seven scorers in the conference are Terrapins - Stephanie Cross and Sonia Chase.
2.9 Maryland's turnover margin in all games is 2.9, fourth-best in the conference.
3rd In conference games only, the Maryland defense ranks third, holding its opponents to an average of 65 points per game.
4th Maryland ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of 61.2 points per game.
4th The Terps rank fourth in field goal percentage in the ACC, hitting 43.4 percent of their shots.
5.6 Maryland's turnover margin in conference games, second-best in the ACC.
10.1 The number of steals the Terps average per game - fourth-best in the ACC.
60.0 Maryland has won 60.0 percent of its ACC games all-time.
64.8 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (129-70). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
DID YOU KNOW? Since the 1976-77 season, Maryland has defeated a ranked NC State team 15 times. The last Maryland win over a ranked NC State team was Jan. 18, 1997. The Terps defeated the 15th-ranked Wolfpack, 54-51, at Cole Field House.
LAST TIME OUT: Clemson jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the first half and the Tigers went on to a 73-51 win over the Terps on Sunday afternoon. Branka Bogunovic scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Branka converted 8-of-11 field goals and was 1-for-1 from the free throw line. Stephanie Cross and Sonia Chase each added nine points for the Terps.
RPI RANKING: In games played through Jan. 11, Maryland ranks 47th in the The Women's RPI Report with an overall rating of .5909. The Atlantic Coast Conference has an overall rating of .5914, second-best in the nation. Eight teams from the ACC rank in the top 80 and six in the top 50.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The Terps are 5-1 this season when they outrebound their opponent. Further break down shows that the Terps are +27 (5.4 rpg) in offensive rebounds and +30 (6.0 rpg) in defensive rebounds in their five wins.
OFFENSIVE GLASS: Kalisa Davis and Branka Bogunovic are the only Terps to grab more offensive rebounds than defensive this season.
Davis and Bogunovic have accounted for 40.6 percent of Maryland's 187 offensive rebounds this season.
THROWING "COLE" ON TOBACCO ROAD: Maryland has won its last four games against teams from Tobacco Road at Cole Field House. Maryland defeated Duke (1/12/97), NC State (1/18/97) and Wake Forest twice (2/12/97, 1/4/98).
TURN UP THE HEAT: The Maryland defense has forced 336 opponent turnovers this season, for an average of 22.4 per game. Maryland has committed 42 fewer turnovers for an average of 2.8 fewer turnovers per game.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 615 of the Terps' 939 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 65.5 percent of Maryland's scoring total. The three seniors also account for 47.6 percent of Maryland's rebound total (263 of 553).
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
3rd Sonia Chase ranks third in the ACC in assist to turnover ratio - 1.43 to 1.
3rd Kalisa Davis ranks third in the ACC in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.18 per game.
19 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 19 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.
47.3 The three seniors combined are shooting 47.3 percent from the field (70-of-148) in conference games.
52 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 52.
52 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 52 of 81 career games.
65.5 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
7,947 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO: Sonia Chase, Kelley Gibson and Tiffany Brown all have recorded more assists than turnovers this season. What makes this feat more amazing is that Chase leads the team in minutes played with 552 (36.8 mpg), Gibson is second with 529 (35.3 mpg) and Brown is fourth with 417 (37.9 mpg).
STANDING TALL: Standing 6-8, Branka Bogunovic is the tallest woman to ever play basketball at the University of Maryland. In the Terps' last two games, Branka has made her presence felt. She has scored in double-figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career -12 points against Virginia and a career-high 17 points against Clemson. In those two games, she converted 12-of-16 field goals (75.0 pct.).
FROM THE LINE: In her last three games, Branka Bogunovic has converted more free throws than in her previous 12 games combined.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES: Maryland is the only school in the ACC with four different 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 52 this season for an average of 3.5 thefts per game. Chase currently ranks 16th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 272. 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:
ASSIST TO GIBSON: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out a conference-high 77 assists this season for an average of 5.1 per game. Gibson has led the Terps in assists in nine of the last 11 games. In those nine games, she has averaged 6.6 assists per game.
ASSIST II TO KELLEY: In the Terps' 15 games this season, Kelley Gibson has had more or the same number of assists than turnovers in 11 games, including her last five consecutive games.
TERP CAREER HIGHS
GIVE HER THE BALL: Kalisa Davis leads the Terps in field goal percentage, shooting 65.4 percent (70-107) and is averaging 16.0 points per game. In 81 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 52 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 19 consecutive games and in her last five games, she has converted 32-of-45 for a shooting mark of 71.1 percent.
19 AND COUNTING: Listed below is a break down of Kalisa Davis' shooting performances in her 19 game streak of shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
FROSH ON THE BOARDS: Freshman Meghan McIntyre has recorded more rebounds than points in nine of the 13 games she has played this season. She grabbed a career-high 12 boards against Rutgers in the season-opener. McIntyre is the ACC's fourth-leading freshman rebounder with an average of four rebounds per game.
THREE DROUGHT ENDS: Tiffany Brown is one of only three Terps to convert a three-point shot from beyond the arc this season. Knee surgery kept Brown out of the lineup for four games and she returned for the Duke game on Dec. 22. Brown ended a five game three-point shot drought against Clemson when she hit two three-point shots. Last season, Brown converted at least one three-point shot in 20 of 28 games.
ALL-TIME THREE ATTEMPTS: With her eight three-point attempts against Clemson, sophomore Tiffany Brown became Maryland's all-time leader in three-point attempts with 200, eclipsing the 199 mark set by Carla Holmes (1988-91).
SCORING IN THE ACC: In conference games only, Maryland has four players averaging double-figures in scoring - Kalisa Davis (15.5 ppg), Stephanie Cross (13.2 ppg), Sonia Chase (11.8 ppg) and Branka Bogunovic (11.2 ppg).
GRAB THE BALL: In Maryland's five conference games, four Terps are averaging 4.2 or more rebounds per game. Kalisa Davis leads the team in rebounding in conference games with an average of 6.7 per game.
IN TODAY'S GAME LOOK FOR: · Stephanie Cross to move into sole possession of 13th-place all-time in scoring with one point.
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 plays No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 18 at Cole Field House. Game time is 4:00 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2.
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.