Maryland's Lynetta Kizer Named ACC Freshman of the Year

Jennifer JohnsonAnalyst IMarch 5, 2009

The Maryland Lady Terrapins (25-4 12-2 ACC) are the hottest team in the ACC heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

They have won nine straight games since dropping an 89-81 decision to the Virginia Cavaliers in early February.

Maryland has arguably the two best guards in the nation playing unbelievable basketball.

Seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman have been unstoppable.

Toliver and Coleman possess the strong leadership skills to get Maryland back to the NCAA championship game.

The Terrapins hoisted the championship trophy in 2006, upsetting the Duke Blue Devils 68-65 in overtime.

Kristi Toliver hit an off-balance three pointer with seconds left on the clock to send the state of Maryland into a frenzy thatstill has not died down.

But just in case they come back down to earth, there is one young woman who will be there to back them up.

Freshman center Lynetta Kizer (Potomac, Va) became the sixth player in the program’s history to be named ACC freshman of the year.

A 6-foot-4 clog center who clogs up the middle, she is the inside presence Maryland has needed to hold down their opponent’s top perimeter shooters.

She completed her first season at Maryland averaging 11.7 PPG and 7.4 rebounds.

She finished with a shooting percentage of about 50 percent.

Kizer started 28 of 29 games for the fearless Terps, and was an effective defensive enforcer every game.

Marissa Coleman (2006) and Crystal Langhorne (2005) are also past winners of the award.

This means that three out of the last five years, a Maryland player has accomplished this feat.

I had the pleasure of watching Kizer play AAU basketball when she was 12-years-old.

Even as a neophyte player, she was unselfish, hard-working, and what coaches call “extremely detail-oriented.”

Without a doubt, Kizer deserves this recognition, and I look forward to covering her illustrious career. 

Maryland is set to begin their quest for a second trophy when they face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 3:00 pm tomorrow.

May the Gods be smiling on the girls dressed in red and black.

Go Terps!