Langhorne Is Fourth Terrapin Chosen as Kodak All-American
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.”