Feb. 27, 2009
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Controlling its own destiny for its first regular season Atlantic Coast Conference title in 20 years, the University of Maryland women's basketball team will play its final regular season home game on Friday versus Boston College on Senior Night. The contest, to be televised on RSN, will tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Comcast Center.
Terrapin seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver, two of the most accomplished and decorated players in Maryland history, will have their jerseys raised to the Comcast Center rafters following their last regular season home tilt. The duo has gone 62-3 for a 95.3 winning percentage in their careers at the Comcast Center, with 33 straight wins at the venue.
With a win over Boston College, Maryland would post its lone two-game sweep this season while recording a season-best eight straight victories. Maryland leads the Boston College series 8-0, which includes the Terps' 85-81 win over the Eagles on Feb. 9.
Maryland took sole possession of second place in the ACC standings after its convincing victory over Duke on Sunday. Coupled with Virginia's win over Florida State on Tuesday, the Terrapins can clinch the ACC regular season title with victories in their final two games (vs Boston College and at Miami). The last time Maryland won an ACC title was 20 years ago, when the 1989 Terps won both the league's regular season and tournament titles.
Coleman scored 24 points vs No. 7/8 Duke on Sunday to give her exactly 2,000 points for her career. Coupled with her 1,000 rebounds, Coleman became just the eighth player in ACC history to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds - and the second Terrapin to do so (Crystal Langhorne).
Coleman picked up her second straight ACC Player of the Week honor and league-high third weekly award on Feb. 23 - the sixth of her career, most among active players. In a 2-0 week for Maryland, Coleman averaged 23.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per contest, while shooting 56 percent from the floor.
Toliver reached the 1,900-point mark for her career with her season-high 34 points vs. Duke and, in the process, passed former teammate Shay Doron for fourth place on the school's all-time scoring list.
Junior forward Demauria Liles averaged 8.1 rebounds per game in 15 non-conference games, but has upped her average to 10.1 rpg in ACC play (2nd in ACC). In conference play, Liles averages a double-double with 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds en route to a team-high eight double-doubles.
Among ACC freshmen, center Lynetta Kizer ranks first in rebounding (7.4 rpg), second in scoring (11.8 ppg) and second in field goal percentage (51.8 pct).
With its win vs Duke, Maryland has posted its fourth straight season with at least 10 wins in ACC play, extending its school record. The Terps had never reached double-digits in conference wins in more than two consecutive seasons prior to this four-year stretch. Maryland is 45-9 (.833) in league play the last four seasons.
Maryland ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in 3-point shooting, hitting 42.4 percent from distance (185-for-436).
In addition to the television broadcast on RSN, Friday's game can be heard live on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and on WMUC Sports.