Langhorne Is Fourth Ter­rapin Cho­sen as Ko­dak All-Amer­i­can

The Washington Post Sunday - - Spring Training - By Kathy Or­ton

CLEVE­LAND, March 31 — Crys­tal Langhorne was spend­ing her Wed­nes­day night as she nor­mally does, en­joy­ing “wing night” at Santa Fe Cafe with her team­mates when she got a phone call from Mary­land Coach Brenda Frese with the news. Langhorne was se­lected as a Ko­dak all-Amer­i­can, mak­ing her the first Ter­rapin to earn this honor since 1989 and the fourth over­all. She re­ceived the award at a cer­e­mony in a down­town Cleve­land ho­tel on Satur­day morn­ing.

“I was sur­prised,” Langhorne said. “Af­ter we lost [to Mis­sis­sippi in the sec­ond round], I wasn’t think­ing about things like that. When Coach B told me, I was so happy to be on Ko­dak. It’s such a big honor.”

Frese and her coach­ing staff, in­clud­ing for­mer as­so­ci­ate head coach Jeff Walz, who re­cently be­came Louisville’s coach, at­tended the news con­fer­ence.

“This is a spe­cial and very proud mo­ment for all the hard work that Crys­tal has put in as well as for our team and our pro­gram,” Frese said.

Be­cause of a mix-up by the printer, Langhorne’s name was mis­spelled on the plaque as “Langhome.” But that gaffe did not di­min­ish her ex­cite­ment over the award. “They tell me they’re go­ing to fix it,” she said. The 6-foot-2 ju­nior for­ward led Mary­land in scor­ing (14.9 points per game) and re­bound­ing (8.1 per game). For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, she had the high­est field goal per­cent­age in the na­tion (.707) and just missed break­ing the NCAA sea­son record. She is the first Ter­rapin to record three con­sec­u­tive 500-point sea­sons and ranks third in ca­reer scor­ing (1,711 points).

The other play­ers se­lected to the 10-mem­ber team were: Ohio State’s Jes­sica Daven­port, LSU’s Sylvia Fowles, Duke’s Lind­sey Hard­ing, North Carolina’s Ivory Latta, Louisville’s An­gel McCoughtry, Oklahoma’s Court­ney Paris, Ten­nessee’s Can­dace Parker, Mis­sis­sippi’s Ar­mintie Price and Stan­ford’s Candice Wig­gins.

Fowles the Rim-Rat­tler

When Fowles dunked three times dur­ing the LSU open prac­tice ses­sion, the crowd went wild. Her team­mates, how­ever, were unim­pressed. Fowles dunks most days dur­ing prac­tice, and th­ese weren’t some of her best, ac­cord­ing to team­mate RaShonta LeBlanc.

“I think her dunks were about a five” on a scale of 110, LeBlanc said. “They were all right. . . . A lot of women don’t rat­tle the rim but she rat­tles the rim when she does it. It’s just a pow­er­ful dunk.” . . .

This is the first time since 2001 that a men’s and women’s team from the same school has not been in the Fi­nal Fours. Over the past five years, Oklahoma (2002), Texas (2003), Con­necti­cut (2004), Michi­gan State (2005) and LSU (2006) have sent both their men’s and women’s teams to the Fi­nal Four. . . .

De­spite tak­ing three teams — Rut­gers, Iowa and Cheyney State — to the Fi­nal Four, Rut­gers Coach C. Vi­vian Stringer has yet to win a ti­tle. She was asked if she needs an NCAA cham­pi­onship to com­plete her ré­sumé as a coach.

“Yeah, how could I not?” Stringer said. “I just want to know what it feels like.”

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