Jan. 16, 1998
MARYLAND (9-7, 2-4) vs. #7 NORTH CAROLINA (13-3, 4-2) Sunday, January 18, 1998 - 4:00 p.m. Cole Field House - College Park, Md. ESPN 2 National Broadcast
MARYLAND: Maryland enters today's game with an overall record of 9-7 and a mark of 2-4 in the ACC. The Terps were defeated by 10th- ranked NC State, 64-56, on Thursday night at Cole Field House. Maryland will be looking to win its third conference home game of the season today against the Tar Heels.
NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina enters today's game with an overall record of 13-3 and a conference mark of 4-2. The Tar Heels were defeated in triple overtime by Virginia, 105-100, on Thursday night at Carmichael Auditorium. Tracy Reid leads the Tar Heels in scoring (21.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). In addition to Reid, Chanel Wright (13.0 ppg), Nikki Teasley (12.3 ppg) and Juana Brown (10.9 ppg) average double-figures in scoring. North Carolina is coached by Sylvia Hatchell, who is in her 12th season with the Tar Heels. Hatchell owns a record of 227-121 at Chapel Hill.
MARYLAND vs. NORTH CAROLINA ALL-TIME SERIES:
NOW YOU KNOW: Maryland is one of only three conference schools that have an all-time winning record against the Tar Heels. NC State and Virginia are the other two.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kelley Gibson leads the ACC in assists with 83.
2.1 Maryland's turnover margin in all games is 2.1, fifth-best in the conference.
2.4 The Terps average 2.4 more steals per game than their opponents.
3 Three of the top 10 scorers in the conference are Terrapins - Stephanie Cross, Sonia Chase and Kalisa Davis.
3rd In conference games only, the Maryland defense ranks third, holding its opponents to an average of 64.8 points per game.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage in the ACC, hitting 43.6 percent of their shots.
3.2 Maryland's turnover margin in conference games, fourth-best in the ACC.
6 Tiffany Brown hit six three-point shots against NC State.
10.1 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
64.5 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (129-71). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
95.1 Maryland has blocked 39 shots this season, 95.1 percent of last season's total of 41.
HIGH OCTANE: All five Terps that have played against the Tar Heels average double-figures in scoring and at least three rebounds per game. Tiffany Brown leads the quintet with an average of 17.0 points per game.
ON THIS DAY SIX YEARS AGO: As the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins were preparing for Super Bowl XXVI, the Terps defeated the Tar Heels, 72-68, in Cole Field House on Jan. 18, 1992. The Terps were ranked No. 1 in the nation that week.
DID YOU KNOW? Since the 1976-77 season, Maryland has defeated a ranked North Carolina team four times.
CRAZY EIGHTS: Maryland is 3-0 against the Tar Heels in years that end in 8.
LAST TIME OUT: The Terps fell to 10th-ranked NC State, 64-56, Thursday night at Cole Field House. Maryland took a 25-23 lead into the locker room at the half but Summer Erb scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second period. Kelley Gibson gave Maryland its last lead of the game, 45-44, at the 6:09 mark of the second half with a baseline jumper. Tiffany Brown scored a season-high 21 points and converted on 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc. The six three pointers tied a career-high and school record.
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.
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 192 offensive rebounds this season.
THROWING "COLE" ON TOBACCO ROAD: Maryland has won its last four of five 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). Maryland's only defeat came on Thursday night against NC State, 64-56.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 637 of the Terps' 995 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 64.0 percent of Maryland's scoring total. The three seniors also account for 47.0 percent of Maryland's rebound total (273 of 581).
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
1.45 to 1Sonia Chase's career assist to turnover ratio is 1.45 to 1.
18 Sonia Chase ranks 18th in the NCAA with 54 steals.
20 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 20 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.
47.9 The three seniors combined are shooting 47.3 percent from the field (79-of-165) in conference games.
53 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 53 of 82 career games.
54 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 54.
64.0 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
100 Sonia Chase played her 100th game as a Terp against NC State on Thursday.
8,045 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
ASSIST TO TURNOVER RATIO: Sonia Chase and Kelley Gibson have both recorded more assists than turnovers this season. What makes this feat more amazing is that Chase leads the team in minutes played with 582 (36.4 mpg) and Gibson is second with 562 (35.1 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 three games, Bogunovic has increased her field goal attempts and has seen her shooting percentage and scoring average climb dramatically.
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 54 this season for an average of 3.4 thefts per game. Chase currently ranks 16th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 274. 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 83 assists this season for an average of 5.2 per game. Gibson has led the Terps in assists in 10 of the last 12 games. In those 10 games, she has averaged 6.5 assists per game.
ANOTHER ASSIST TO KELLEY: In the Terps' 16 games this season, Kelley Gibson has had an equal number or more assists than turnovers in 12 games, including her last six consecutive games
TERP CAREER HIGHS
GIVE HER THE BALL: Kalisa Davis leads the Terps in field goal percentage, shooting 65.2 percent (75-115) and is averaging 15.7 points per game. In 82 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 53 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 20 consecutive games. In those 20 games, she is shooting 67.8 percent (120-of-177).
20 AND COUNTING: Listed below is a break down of Kalisa Davis' shooting performances in her 20 game streak of shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
RAINING TREYS: Tiffany Brown tied her career-best and school record when she hit six three-point shots against NC State Thursday night. Brown tied the school mark last season against Georgia Tech when she converted 6-of-9. Brown shares the record with Carla Holmes who converted 6-of-11 against NC State on Jan. 7, 1990.
BACK ON TRACK: Tiffany Brown has found her range from beyond the arc in Maryland's last two games. She has converted a total of eight three-point shots in games against Clemson and NC State. In her 10 previous games, she converted a total of seven treys.
BOMBS AWAY: With her eight three-point attempts against Clemson on Jan. 11, 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). To date, Brown has attempted 210 three-point shots in her career.
12TH ALL-TIME: With her seven points against NC State, Stephanie Cross moved into 12th-place in career scoring. Cross has amassed 1,225 points for a career average of 12.5 points per game.
IN CONFERENCE: Four Terps average double-figures in scoring in conference games. Kalisa Davis (14.5 ppg), Stephanie Cross (12.2 ppg), Sonia Chase (10.3 ppg) and Branka Bogunovic (10.3). Bogunovic's conference average is 3.7 points higher than her overall average of 6.6 points per game.
STARTING FIVE?: Head Coach Chris Weller has used seven different starting lineups this season. Sonia Chase and Kelley Gibson are the only Terps to start all 16 games this season.
IN TODAY'S GAME LOOK FOR: Sonia Chase to move into 14th-place all-time in steals in the ACC with five thefts. She currently has 274 thefts in 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.
UP NEXT: Maryland travels to Tallahassee to play Florida State on Friday, Jan. 23. Game time is 7:00 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 441-215 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:
11:00 a.m. Jim Davis, Clemson