Greater Terp: Juan Dixon or Kristi Toliver?

March 24, 2009 | Glenn Clark

With the Maryland women taking on Utah tonight in College Park; I have to limit the number of times I can blog due to NCAA restrictions. But I thought this question might be of interest. With Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman trying to become the first players in Maryland history (men or women) to win 2 NCAA Tournament titles; I figured this would be a good time to ask this question.

Who’s the greater player in Maryland basketball history: Juan Dixon or Kristi Toliver?

Granted, Toliver’s stats are incomplete given the fact that she is still playing (and I THINK she’ll continue playing beyond tonight); but I feel the numbers and accomplishments have some striking similarities. Thanks to the ACC Basketball Media Guide and UMTerps.com for the numbers.

DIXON:

-2001-02 ACC Player of the Year
-1999-00, 00-01, 01-02 First Team All-ACC
-2000, 01 First Team All-ACC Tournament
-2001-02 First Team AP All-American, 00-01 Honorable Mention AP All-American
-1999-00, 01-02, 02-03 All-ACC Defensive Team
-2001-02 NCAA Championship (Final Four Most Outstanding Player)
-2,269 career points (12th in ACC history)
-333 steals (2nd in ACC history)
-.850 career FT percentage (11th in ACC history*) *statistic entering season
-239 career 3-point field goals (20th in ACC history)

TOLIVER:

-2008-09 ACC Player of the Year
-2007-08 2nd team All-American
-2007-08, 08-09 First team All-ACC
-2006 NCAA Championship (1st team All-Region and All-Final Four), 2009 ACC Championship (All-ACC Tournament First Team)
-2008 NCAA Tournament 1st team All-Region
-2007-08 Nancy Lieberman Award Winner (Nation’s Top Point Guard)
-’08-’09 National Player of the Year Finalist
-2 time All-ACC first team
-124 wins (and counting!)-all time winningest player in Maryland history (tied with Coleman)
-2,030 points (17th in ACC history)
-740 assists (2nd in ACC history); including single season ACC record 275 in ’07-’08
-292 3-pointers (3rd in ACC history)
-.411 3-point FG percentage (6th in ACC history)
-.865 Free Throw percentage (2nd in ACC history)
-Just 3 home losses in career
-And of course; some shot against Duke in ’06 that people still talk about

It’s your call.

-G

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