Dec. 18, 2007
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
#4/5 Maryland (13-1, 0-0 ACC) at
James Madison (6-2, 0-0 CAA)
When: Thur., Dec. 20 7 p.m.
Where: JMU Convocation Center (7,156) Harrisonburg, Va.
Radio: WMUC Sports.
Video & Audio links available at www.umterps.com
Friday, Dec. 28 Richmond vs. UMBC 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29 Richmond at #4/5 Terps 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30 UMBC at #4/5 Terps 2 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center (17,950) College Park, Md.
Audio/Radio: Maryland All-Access; WMUC Sports (only Maryland games).
Webcast: ACC Select (only Maryland games).
Audio & Video links available at www.umterps.com
Maryland returns to action after an 11-day break from games. The Terrapins played their first 14 games of the season in 31 days.
Maryland was the first team in the nation to win 10 games. Four of its wins have come against ranked opponents, while its only loss to date was to a top-five opponent.
The Terps are attempting to break James Madison's 30-game home win streak, the longest current home winning streak in NCAA Division I.
Junior Kristi Toliver returns to her hometown of Harrisonburg, Va., when the Terps travel to James Madison.
National Player of the Year candidate Crystal Langhorne need just eight rebounds to become the first women's basketball played in school history with 1,000 rebounds.
The Terps are ranked fourth in the nation in the Associated Press poll and fifth in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Maryland is one of 11 known teams in NCAA history with four 1,000-point scorers on the roster.
The Terps have had at least one player with a double-double in 11 of their 14 games.
Three Terps overall were selected preseason candidates for the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award.
Maryland returns the second-most experienced team in the nation.
Toliver, Maryland Travel to James Madison
The fourth-ranked Terps return to the basketball court after an 11-day break, traveling to Kristi Toliver's hometown of Harrisonburg, Va., to face James Madison on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
James Madison puts its 30-game home court win streak on the line, the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division I. Its last home loss came during the 2004-05 campaign.
Two-time All-American Crystal Langhorne has already broken the school's all-time rebounding record and could become the first Terrapin women's basketball player in school history to grab 1,000 career rebounds. She needs eight boards from reaching the milestone.
The game can be heard on Maryland's WMUC Sports Radio. An audio link will be available on Maryland's official athletics website at www.umterps.com.
About the Terps
The first team in the nation to win 10 games, Maryland is 13-1 on the season, playing its first 14 games of the season in a 31-day stretch. The wins include four victories over ranked teams, including two in the Preseason WNIT, which the Terps won.
Maryland has had at least one player with a double-double in 11 of its 14 games, posting 16 double-doubles overall. Senior Laura Harper, junior Marissa Coleman and junior Kristi Toliver lead the team with four double-doubles a piece.
Leading the way offensively for the Terrapins is junior Kristi Toliver, who is averaging a team-best 17.5 points and 7.9 assists per game. Four Terps, in all, are averaging double-digit scoring.
Harper is grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, with Coleman not far behind, averaging 7.8 rpg. Three Terps, in all, are averaging at least 6.0 rpg.
The Terps' offense continues to be one of the best in the nation. Entering the week, they ranked third in the nation and are currently first in the ACC in field goal percentage, knocking down over 50 percent of their shot attempts. Maryland also boasts the best three-point shooting percentage in the country at 43.8 percent.
The nation's leader in rebounding margin the last two years, Maryland has outrebounding its opponents by +10.9 rpg, which ranked 13th in the country this week.
About the Dukes
James Madison started the season winning its first six games, including convincing wins over the ACC's Wake Forest (64-53) and George Washington (80-55), who was ranked in the top 25 at the time of the meeting. But since, has lost its last two to Liberty (79-66) and Clemson (69-60). The Dukes have been off since Dec. 7.
James Madison boasts the longest Division I current home court winning streak, having won its last 30 contests at the JMU Convocation Center. They have not lost a game in their turf since the 2004-05 season.
While the Dukes lost four starters from last year's team which went 27-6 and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, JMU returned two-time first team All-CAA selection Tamera Young, who is averaging 18.8 points per game this season, to lead the squad. She is also grabbing a team-best 10.6 rebounds per game. Dawn Evans is the only other player on the team to average in double figures, averaging 14.4 ppg, while making 40.4 percent of her shot attempts. Teammate Kisha Stokes is nearly averaging a double-double at 9.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg.
Kenny Brooks is in his sixth season at the JMU helm, garnering CAA Coach of the Year honors last year. Winning his 100th game earlier this season, last year he led the Dukes to back-to-back 20-win seasons.
SERIES HISTORY: Maryland leads the all-time series, 5-1, but the teams have not played each other since 1978. The Dukes won the first meeting in 1974, but the Terps went on to win the last five.
The game at James Madison marks a homecoming for Maryland's own Kristi Toliver. Toliver, who hails from Harrisonburg, Va. Toliver is very familiar with the JMU Convocation Center, playing a number of district playoff games while she attended Harrisonburg High School.
Nearly 1,000 Grabbed
Already having broken the career rebounding record, Maryland's Crystal Langhorne could become the first-ever Terrapin women's basketball player to grab 1,000 rebounds.
Langhorne is eight shy of the milennium mark. Only one other Terrapin, male or female, has reached the milstone. Len Elmore (1972-74) had 1,053 boards for his career.
Only 14 players in ACC history have grabbed 1,000 rebounds.
Langhorne Selected A Class Nominee
Crystal Langhorne was selected one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. She was also the only nominee from the ACC.
The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I senior Student-Athlete of the Year who exemplifies excellence in the classroom, in character and competition. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award was launched during the 2001-02 season has developed into the nation's premier tribute for college seniors.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists from the list of 30 nominees in January 2008. The 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient. The award was conceived by sportcaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. Previous winners on the men's side include Maryland's Juan Dixon, who won it in 2002.
The Terps will take another small break for the holidays before getting back on the court. Maryland hosts the annual Terrapin Classic Dec. 28-30, with the tournament taking on a new format. The round-robin event includes Richmond and UMBC, who will tip things off on Friday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. The Terps will then take on the Spiders and Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30, respectively. The Maryland games are scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.