Jan. 22, 1998
Maryland Travels to Florida State
MARYLAND (10-7, 3-4) vs. FLORIDA STATE (6-11, 2-5) Friday, January 23, 1998 - 7:00 p.m. Tully Gymnasium - Tallahassee, Fla.
MARYLAND: Maryland improved to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the ACC with its 84-62 win over No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon seen on ESPN 2. The Terps' victory over the Tar Heels marked their first win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 22, 1997 when they defeated No. 21 Clemson, 70-64, at Littlejohn Coliseum and marked their first win over a top-10 team since Jan. 20, 1993 when they beat No. 10 Virginia, 70-66, at Cole Field House.
FLORIDA STATE: Florida State enters tonight's game with an overall record of 6-11 and conference mark of 2-5. The Seminoles were defeated by non-conference opponent Florida, 69-57, on Wednesday night. Sophomore forward Latavia Coleman leads Florida State in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg), while Lysa Moorefield (11.4 ppg) and Brooke Wyckoff (10.2 ppg) average double-figures in scoring as well. Florida State is coached by Sue Semrau, who is in her first season with the Seminoles. Semrau was Wisconsin's top assistant for three seasons before being named head coach at Florida State.
NOW YOU KNOW: Maryland owns an all-time record of 8-4 in the Sunshine State. The Terps are 5-1 against Florida State and 3-3 in tournament play in the state of Florida.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kelley Gibson leads the ACC in assists with a career-high 90.
2 In conference games only, the Maryland defense ranks second, holding its opponents to an average of 64.4 points per game.
2.5 Maryland's turnover margin in all games is 2.5, fourth-best in the conference.
3 Three of the top 10 scorers in the conference are Terrapins - Stephanie Cross, Sonia Chase and Kalisa Davis.
3rd The Terps rank third in field goal percentage, hitting 43.6 percent of their shots.
3.9 Maryland's turnover margin in conference games, second-best in the ACC.
7 Tiffany Brown hit seven three-point shots against North Carolina on Jan. 18 to set the school record.
9.9 The number of steals the Terps average per game - fourth-best in the ACC.
64.7 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (130-71). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
97.6 Maryland has blocked 40 shots this season, 97.6 percent of last season's total of 41.
HIGH OCTANE: Four of the five Terps that have played against the Seminoles average double-figures in scoring. Sonia Chase's 12.7 ppg and Kalisa Davis' 13.0 ppg is their highest point average against any ACC opponent.
LAST TIME OUT: The Terps built an 8-0 lead and never trailed in their 84-62 victory over No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field House. Tiffany Brown set a school record with seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points. Brown's seven three-pointers eclipsed the school mark of six treys she shared with Carla Holmes. Kelley Gibson recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and Sonia Chase added 13 points. Maryland's 22-point margin of victory was it largest over North Carolina since Feb. 6, 1990, when the Terps won 88-64. The loss was the Tar Heels' worst since Jan. 8, 1992 when they were defeated by Virginia, 83-68.
LOVIN' CAROLINA BLUE: With her career-high 26-point performance against North Carolina on Sunday, Tiffany Brown has scored 60 points in three career games against the Tar Heels for an average of 20 points per game. She has converted 13 three-pointers in her career against the Tar Heels.
SCORING OUTBURST: Maryland scored a season-high 84 points against the Tar Heels and a season-high 55 points in one half. The 55 points scored by the Terps in the second half is the most in one half since Nov. 29, 1993 when the Terps scored 55 against Howard in Maryland's 103-43 win.
CLEAN SWEEP AT COLE: The women's 84-62 win and the men's 89-83 victory over North Carolina marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that both Terp teams defeated the Tar Heels in the same year.
CRASH THE BOARDS: Maryland's 40 rebounds against North Carolina was the most collected by the Terps since the Hampton game on Dec. 4 when they grabbed a season-high 57. Kelley Gibson led the Terps with a career-high 12 boards against the Tar Heels.
6 THEN 7, HOW ABOUT 8?: Tiffany Brown tied her career-high and school mark with six three-pointers against NC State on Jan. 15 and then broke the record she shared with Carla Holmes against North Carolina on Sunday with seven three-pointers. Brown converted 7-of-11 (.636) against the Tar Heels.
BACK ON TRACK: Tiffany Brown has found her range from beyond the arc in Maryland's last three games. Brown missed four games because of knee surgery and returned to the lineup for the Duke game. Brown is now getting her touch back after the layoff and has been on fire in her last three games.
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
1.46to1 Sonia Chase's career assist to turnover ratio is 1.46 to 1 (340 to 233).
5th Kalisa Davis ranks fifth in the NCAA in field goal percentage with a percentage of 64.8.
19 Stephanie Cross' career-high 19 rebounds against Hampton is the ACC's season-high in the 1997-98 season.
21 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 21 consecutive games.
24 Sonia Chase ranks 24th in the NCAA with 57 steals.
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.
54 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 54 of 83 career games.
57 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 57.
62.2 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
99 Stephanie Cross has played 99 games as a Terp.
100 Sonia Chase played her 100th game as a Terp against NC State on Jan. 15.
8,146 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
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 221 three-point shots and converted 70 (.323) in her career.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 671 of the Terps' 1,079 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 62.2 percent of Maryland's scoring total. The three seniors also account for 46.2 percent of Maryland's rebound total (287 of 621).
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 619 (36.4 mpg) and Gibson is second with 602 (35.4 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 four games, Bogunovic has increased her field goal attempts and has seen her shooting percentage and scoring average climb dramatically.
FROM THE LINE IN THE ACC: Branka Bogunovic's free throw percentage in ACC games is 65.3 percent higher than in non-conference games this season.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 57 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:
STOP THIEF: Sonia Chase has recorded 277 steals in 101 career games for an average of 2.7 steals per game. Chase has at least one steal in 92 of her 101 career games and at least one theft in her last 20 consecutive games.
ASSIST TO GIBSON: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out a career- and conference-high 90 assists this season for an average of 5.3 per game. Gibson has led the Terps in assists in 11 of the last 13 games. In those 11 games, she has dished out 69 assists for an average of 6.3 assists per game.
ANOTHER ASSIST TO KELLEY: In the Terps' 17 games this season, Kelley Gibson has had an equal number or more assists than turnovers in 13 games, including her last seven consecutive games.
GIVE HER THE BALL: Kalisa Davis leads the Terps in field goal percentage, shooting 64.8 percent (79-122) and is averaging 15.3 points per game. In 83 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 54 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 21 consecutive games. In those 20 games, she is shooting 67.4 percent (124-of-184).
21 AND COUNTING: Listed below is a break down of Kalisa Davis' shooting performances in her 21 game streak of shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
IN CONFERENCE: Four Terps average double-figures in scoring in conference games. Kalisa Davis (13.8 ppg), Stephanie Cross (11.9 ppg), Sonia Chase (10.7 ppg) and Branka Bogunovic (10.1). Bogunovic's conference average is 3.3 points higher than her overall average of 6.8 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 17 games this season.
RPI RANKING: In games played through Jan. 18, Maryland ranks 27th in the The Women's RPI Report with an overall rating of .6079. The Atlantic Coast Conference has an overall rating of .5944, second-best in the nation. Seven teams from the ACC rank in the top 65 and six in the top 50.
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 and Kelley Gibson have each recorded two double-double performances and Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have each recorded one.
IN TONIGHT'S GAME LOOK FOR:
· Sonia Chase to move into 14th-place all-time in steals in the ACC with two thefts. She currently has 277 thefts in her career.
· Sonia Chase to score 100 points in her career against the Seminoles with 11 points.
· Sonia Chase to move into eighth-place all-time at Maryland in assists with three.
· Stephanie Cross to score 100 points in her career against the Seminoles with five points.
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 Atlanta to play Georgia Tech on Monday, Jan. 26. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on Home Team Sports.
HEAD COACH CHRIS WELLER
Chris Weller is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Maryland basketball program. She has registered a 442-215 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.