Kristi Toliver Named ACC Player of the Year
Senior Kristi Toliver was named the ACC player of the year today, marking the second straight season that a Terrapin has taken home the league's top individual honor; former teammate Crystal Langhorne earned the award last year.
Toliver is second in the ACC in scoring (18.1 points), tops in assists (5.1 per game), and second in three-point field goal percentage (.439). She's had some of her best games in Maryland's biggest league wins:
23 points and 8 assists in a 77-71 victory over then-No. 2 North Carolina
15 points and 7 assists in a 72-71 win at then-No. 15 Florida State, including a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer
25 points and 5 assists in a 94-78 win over then-No. 17 Virginia, which avenged an earlier loss
34 points, including seven three-pointers, in a 77-59 blowout against then-No. 7 Duke.
But as the Greensboro News-Record pointed out in yesterday's paper, Toliver has not played her best in Greensboro. In her career, she's averaging 14.7 points on 45 percent shooting; in seven ACC tournament games, she's averaging 10.9 points on 38 percent shooting, and has made just 8 of 35 (22.9 percent) of her three-ponters.
Also, it's worth noting that in Coach Brenda Frese's tenure at Maryland, the Terrapins have had:
2 ACC players of the year: Toliver and Langhorne
4 First Team all-ACC players: Marissa Coleman (2009), Toliver (2008-09), Langhorne (2006-07-08), Shay Doron (2005)
3 ACC rookies of the year: Lynetta Kizer (2009), Coleman (2006), Langhorne (2005)
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