Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Congratulations to . . . Coach Chris Weller!

On Saturday, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced the names of its 2010 Class. Among the six future inductees is Maryland's own former Head Coach, Chris Weller, who retired from coaching after 27 seasons at the helm of the Terrapins. During her tenure, Coach Weller's teams averaged nearly 20 wins per season, won eight (!) ACC Championships, made it to three Final Fours as well as 14 other NCAA tourney appearances.

Coach Weller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Knoxville on June 12th (roadtrip?). She will be joined by 5 other 2010 "classmates": Teresa Edwards, Gloria Ray, Teresa Weatherspoon, Leta Andrews and Rebecca Lobo. Very good company!

This is a well-deserved individual honor for Coach Weller. But it also serves to remind us of the long and rich tradition of the Maryland women's basketball program.

Congratulations, Coach Chris Weller!

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Game Day: Mystics @ Fever . . .

Tonight at 7 PM, the Mystics face the Indiana Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse, hoping to avenge their loss of a week ago at the Verizon Center. This is an important game against the team that leads the Eastern Conference, 3 games ahead of the third-place Mystics. If Washington wins tonight, and they get help from the Phoenix Mercury, who are playing the Connecticut Sun at 7:30 PM, the Mystics could finish the night all alone in second place in the East.

BTW, tonight will be the first time that Mystics Coach Julie Plank returns to Indianapolis as a Head Coach. Julie's a Midwesterner who (prior to last season with the Lynx) spent 8 seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Fever. There's a very nice feature about Coach Plank in today's Indianapolis Star, here.

***Blackout???*** While the Sun and Mercury fans will be able to see their teams play live on ESPN2, the BasketCases suspect that this will leave Mystics fans in the dark again tonight, since the league's deal with national broadcasters requires the league to black out Live Access coverage of other games taking place at the same time.

Let's hope that even if the Live Access video is disabled tonight for the Mystics game, the "Play Audio Only" link on the Live Access page will work, so that Mystics fans can at least hear the game.


At 10:59 AM, Blogger hodie said...

Not that they're the paragon of reliability or anything, but the Mystics site says the New York game will be televised on NBATV.

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

The first women's college basketball I ever saw was a rare University of Maryland game being televised by Channel 9 in the '70w. It was part of a doubleheader at old Cole Field House. At my young age at the time, I never even knew there was women's basketball and Chris Weller was at the helm, leading the then-Lady Terps to victory. I thought it was a cool thing to see and it exposed me to the fact that basketball isn't just a man's game. Congratulations, Coach Weller!

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Coach Weller! During your tenure when UVA and UMD were #1 and #2 in the country and playing each other during the reg. season I watched in amazement as scalpers gathered outside Cole Field House selling tickets to the sold out game. It was a great, great day for women's basketball.

Long, long time wbb fan.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger TerpFan said...

I am a proud Maryland alum today (well, prouder today than normal)! Congrats Coach Weller...

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, I was in Cole for that UVA - UMD tilt when they ranked #1 and #2! Cole had never been full beyond capacity for a women's game. It was wonderful to see, and then the next home game, back down to about 2,000, if that many! I always thought if you were a true Terp fan, you supported ALL Terp teams! But alas, with a lot of sports involving women, fickle fans don't bother. Still true today in a lot of places, however those of us who do attend, we have great fun!! Congrats Coach!!

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Jasmina Perazic said...

I played for Miss Weller from 1979 to 1983. She was the best teacher of the game of basketball and the game of life. Congratulations on this well deserving honor Miss Weller. Thank you for being my teacher, my mentor and my friend. You continue to be a great source of inspiration and wisdom to me.


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