Jan. 29, 1998
Maryland Hosts 13th Ranked Duke
MARYLAND (11-8, 4-5) vs. No. 13 DUKE (14-5, 7-2) Friday, January 30, 1998 - 7:30 p.m. Cole Field House - College Park, Md.
MARYLAND: Maryland enters tonight's game with an overall record of 11-8 and a conference mark of 4-5. The Terps defeated Georgia Tech, 68-57, on Monday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The win over the Yellow Jackets gave Maryland a sweep of the regular-season series against Georgia Tech for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Maryland will be looking for its second win of the season against a ranked opponent tonight against the Blue Devils. The Terps defeated then-No. 7 North Carolina 84-62 on Jan. 18.
DUKE: Duke enters tonight's game with an overall record of 14-5 and a conference mark of 7-2. The Blue Devils are ranked 13th in the AP Poll and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils have won four consecutive games, and six of the last seven, including a 78-59 win over Clemson last Sunday. Nicole Erickson leads the team in scoring with an average of 12.7 points per game. Michele Vangorp (11.5 ppg), Peppi Browne (10.9 ppg) and Payton Black (10.6 ppg) also average double figures in scoring for the Blue Devils. Head coach Gail Goestenkors is in her sixth season at Duke and has compiled an overall record of 109-58 and a mark of 48-41 in the ACC.
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kelley Gibson leads the ACC in assists with 101.
2nd The Terps' scoring defense ranks second, holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 points per game.
2.3 Tiffany Brown averages 2.3 treys per game in ACC play, the third highest average 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 in the ACC, hitting 43.4 percent of their shots.
4th Maryland's turnover margin is 2.1, fourth-best in the conference.
7 Tiffany Brown hit seven three-point shots against North Carolina on Jan. 18 to set the school record for treys in a game.
10.1 The number of steals the Terps average per game - third-best in the ACC.
64.6 Chris Weller's all-time winning percentage in the month of January (131-72). In 22 years, Weller has had a winning record in the month of January 17 times.
75 Tiffany Brown has converted 75 three-pointers in her career, tying her for top spot all-time at Maryland.
LAST TIME OUT: Branka Bogunovic scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to lead the Terps to a 68-57 win over Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Monday. Bogunovic was one of four Terps to score in double-figures in the game as Tiffany Brown scored 14 and Kalisa Davis and Sonia Chase each added 12. Tech's biggest lead of the game came at the 15:31 mark of the first period when Carla Munnion hit a running jumper to give the Yellow Jackets a 12-8 advantage. The Yellow Jacket lead was short lived as Maryland took control of the game and never trailed after a Stephanie Cross layup at the 9:49 mark that gave the Terps a 18-17 advantage. Maryland led 33-25 at the half and scored the first nine points to open the second period.
CAREER-HIGHS FOR FOWARDS: Can you guess what statistical category both Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis established career highs in against Georgia Tech? Assists. Cross recorded six and Davis dished out five. Maryland recorded a total of 20 assists in the game.
LAST TIME VERSUS DUKE: Peppi Browne scored a game-high 17 points and Payton Black added 10 to lead the Blue Devils to a 65-48 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 22. Kalisa Davis led the Terps with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Duke's 30-14 first half lead was aided by 18 Maryland turnovers that led to 20 Duke points in the opening half.
LOOKING FOR THE THREE-PEAT: Maryland has defeated a ranked Duke team twice in the last two seasons and will be looking for the three-peat tonight. The Terps have defeated a ranked Duke team four times since the 1985-86 season.
THROWING "COLE" ON TOBACCO ROAD: Maryland has won its last five of six games against teams from Tobacco Road at Cole Field House. Maryland defeated Duke (1/12/97), NC State (1/18/97), Wake Forest twice (2/12/97, 1/4/98) and North Carolina (1/18/98). Maryland's only defeat in the six game stretch came this season against NC State, 64-56, on Jan. 15.
HIDING FROM THE ZEBRAS: Maryland has committed an equal number or fewer personal fouls than the opposition in its last seven consecutive games. For the season, Maryland has committed 75 fewer team fouls (278 to 353) than its opponents. The Terps average 15.4 fouls per game, 4.2 fewer than their opponents.
FROM THE LINE: Maryland has shot 64.2 percent from the line in its last three games, compared to the opposition's mark of 47.4 percent. The Terps have attempted 29 more shots from the charity stripe.
SENIOR CLASS BY THE NUMBERS
1st Kalisa Davis leads the ACC in field goal percentage with a shooting mark of 64.
7th Kalisa Davis ranks seventh in the NCAA in field goal percentage with a mark of 64.
19 Stephanie Cross' career-high 19 rebounds against Hampton is the ACC's season-high in the 1997-98 season.
23 Kalisa Davis has converted at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in 23 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.
39 The trio has combined to score in double-digits 39 times this season.
56 Kalisa Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 56 of 85 career games.
59 Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 59.
60.9 The percentage of the Terps' total scoring that has come from the three seniors.
3,130 Total points scored by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
8,336 Total minutes played by Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis in their careers at Maryland.
WHO'S HOT: Kalisa Davis has scored in double-digits in her last 14 games. Tiffany Brown has scored in double-digits in her last four games and is averaging 18.2 points per game in those four contests. Branka Bogunovic has scored 27 points in 54 minutes of play with only five turnovers in her last three games. Kelley Gibson's fewest number of assists since the second game of the season is three.
ALMOST OVER THE HUMP: Sophomore guard Tiffany Brown converted two three-pointers against Georgia Tech to bring her career total to 75, tying her with Carla Holmes for the top spot all-time at Maryland. She holds the all-time mark for three-point attempts with 237. Brown eclipsed the 199 career mark for attempts held by Carla Holmes (1988-91) against Clemson on Jan. 11.
BACK ON TRACK: Tiffany Brown has found her range from beyond the arc in Maryland's last five games. Brown missed four games because of knee surgery and returned to the lineup for the Duke game on Dec. 22. Brown is now getting her touch back after the layoff and has been on fire in her last five games.
SENIORITY RULES: The senior class of Sonia Chase, Stephanie Cross and Kalisa Davis have scored 729 of the Terps' 1,197 total points this season. The three seniors have accounted for 60.9 percent of Maryland's scoring total.
STANDING TALL: In the Terps' last six games, Branka 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 47.0 percent higher than in non-conference games this season.
CHASE MOVES TO 14: With her two steals against Florida State on Jan. 23, Sonia Chase moved into 14th-place all-time in career steals in the ACC with 279. Chase passed Kisha Ford (GT, 1994-97) and Umeki Webb (NC State, 1994-97), both with 278.
CHASING SONIA: Sonia Chase leads the ACC in steals with 59 this season for an average of 3.3 thefts per game. Chase currently ranks 14th all-time in the ACC in career steals with 279. She led the ACC in thefts in 1996 with 90. Below is the ACC career steals chart:
Place Name School Steals
11th Deanna Tate Maryland (1986, 1988-89) 293
12th Amy Privette Wake Forest (1984-87) 287
13th Ramona O'Neal Clemson (1986-89) 286
14th Sonia Chase Maryland 279
ASSIST TO GIBSON: Junior guard Kelley Gibson has dished out a career- and conference-high 101 assists this season for an average of 5.3 per game. Gibson has led the Terps in assists in 12 of the last 15 games. In those 12 games, she has dished out 76 assists for an average of 6.3 assists per game.
ANOTHER ASSIST TO KELLEY: In the Terps' 19 games this season, Kelley Gibson has had an equal number or more assists than turnovers in 15 games, including her last nine consecutive games.
GIVE HER THE BALL: Kalisa Davis leads the Terps in field goal percentage, shooting 64.0 percent (89-of-139) and is averaging 14.9 points per game. In 85 career games, Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 56 games. Davis has converted 50 percent or more of her field goals in 23 consecutive games.
23 AND COUNTING: Listed below is a break down of Kalisa Davis' shooting performances in her 23 game streak of shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
STARTING FIVE?: Head Coach Chris Weller has used nine different starting lineups this season. Kelley Gibson is the only Terp to start all 19 games this season.
RPI RANKING: In games played through Jan. 26, Maryland ranks 41st in the The Women's RPI Report with an overall rating of .5917. The Atlantic Coast Conference has an overall rating of .5902, second-best in the nation.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Maryland's overall schedule strength ranks third nationally in the latest RPI Report.
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 TODAY'S GAME LOOK FOR:
· Stephanie Cross needs two boards to move into 9th-place in career rebounds with 669.
· Tiffany Brown needs one three-pointer to move into 1st-place in career three-pointers with 76.
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. Category Place Player Number Points 12th Belinda Pearman (1980-84) 1,284 13th Stephanie Cross (1995- 1,253 Rebounds 8th Bonnie Rimkus (1990-94) 672 9th Debbie Lytle (1979-83) 668 10th Stephanie Cross (1995- 667 3PT Field Goals Made 1st Tiffany Brown (1997- 75 Carla Holmes (1988-91) 75 3PT Field Goal Attempts 1st Tiffany Brown (1997- 237 2nd Carla Holmes (1988-91) 199 3rd Kelley Gibson (1995- 142 Assists 7th Lisa Brown (1984-88) 383 8th Sonia Chase (1995- 345 Steals 2nd Deanna Tate (1985-89) 293 3rd Sonia Chase (1994- 279 Games Started 6th Lisa Brown (1984-88) 97 7th Jessie Hicks (1989-93) 96 8th Sonia Chase (1994- 95 AROUND THE ACC: (overall games) As of 1/28/98 Scoring Rank Player PTS AVG 5th Kalisa Davis 224 14.9 8th Stephanie Cross 256 13.5 10th Sonia Chase 249 13.1 Field Goal Pct. Rank Player FG FGA PCT 1st Kalisa Davis 89 139 .640 8th Stephanie Cross 111 244 .455 9th Sonia Chase 95 238 .399 Assists Rank Player NO AVG 2nd Kelley Gibson* 101 5.3 6th Sonia Chase 76 4.0 Rebounds Rank Player NO AVG 10th Stephanie Cross 128 6.7 Steals Rank Player NO AVG 1st Sonia Chase 59 3.1
* Rank is based on per game averages. Gibson's 101 assists leads the conference.
UP NEXT: Maryland visits Winston-Salem for a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 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 443-216 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.