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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2003
In some ways, Philadelphia-area prep basketball star Laura Harper is similar to the Maryland women's basketball program she signed with recently. Despite the genes of a father who played college basketball and the rich history that comes with two Final Four appearances, both Harper and the Maryland women's program have emerged as late bloomers. The 6-foot-4 power forward seems a typical elite player, ranked as high as eighth among high school seniors after averaging 21 points a game at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pa., last season.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Maryland's Final Four trip took on the feel of a family reunion Saturday as former Terps stars Kristi Toliver and Laura Harper arrived at Bridgestone Arena and greeted coach Brenda Frese. Another former Maryland star, Marissa Coleman, also was expected for Sunday's game. “Once I saw Maryland was going to be in Nashville, I was like, 'Got to book it,' “ Toliver said. “Coach B asked me if I wanted to speak to [the team] and I said, 'Of course.' “ Harper, a Loyola Maryland assistant coach, sat courtside and chatted with with Toliver and Frese as Maryland held an open practice at the arena.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun reporter | February 24, 2008
COLLEGE PARK -- From moment to moment, Laura Harper's face can display the near full range of visible emotions, and during her four years at Maryland, her big brother, Will, has seen them all. Will Harper saw the pain in the Terps center's face after she ruptured her Achilles' tendon as a freshman. He saw the joy after she was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four two years ago to cap Maryland's national title run, and he saw the anguish last year when the tears cascaded down her face after the Terps were bounced from the NCAA tournament as they failed to defend their title.
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Sports Digest | September 5, 2013
Loyola women's basketball Former Terp Harper hired as assistant Former Maryland standout Laura Harper has joined the Loyola Maryland women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant. Harper replaces former Terp Keith Booth . Harper, the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player during the Terps ' national title run in 2006, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. The power forward averaged five points and 3.7 rebounds in her first two seasons as a pro. Most recently, Harper played overseas in Russia for the Dynamo Moscow.
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By Sports Digest | December 15, 2009
The San Antonio Silver Stars selected former Maryland star Laura Harper with the fifth pick in the WNBA dispersal draft of Sacramento Monarchs players. Harper, a 6-foot-5 forward-center, was selected 10th overall by Sacramento in the 2008 college draft and played two seasons for the Monarchs, averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 15.2 minutes. She was 15th in the league in offensive rebounds in 2009 with 68. Harper played four seasons with the Terps, finishing her career ranked fourth all-time in career rebounds (873)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Maryland's Final Four trip took on the feel of a family reunion Saturday as former Terps stars Kristi Toliver and Laura Harper arrived at Bridgestone Arena and greeted coach Brenda Frese. Another former Maryland star, Marissa Coleman, also was expected for Sunday's game. “Once I saw Maryland was going to be in Nashville, I was like, 'Got to book it,' “ Toliver said. “Coach B asked me if I wanted to speak to [the team] and I said, 'Of course.' “ Harper, a Loyola Maryland assistant coach, sat courtside and chatted with with Toliver and Frese as Maryland held an open practice at the arena.
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By David Selig and David Selig,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - After watching her team defeat Siena, 73-52, yesterday, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said she has no doubt that her offense is good enough to compete with No. 3 LSU on Friday night in Colorado. But the Terps' defense, she acknowledged, could pose a problem. "With what we have ahead, we've got to be able to get a lot tougher and a lot smarter," Frese said after her team got out-rebounded and allowed the Saints to shoot more than 40 percent from the field.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2005
The redness around Shay Doron's eyes spoke volumes about the pain welling up inside. Less than 30 minutes after the seventh-seeded Maryland women's basketball team's season came to a halt in a 75-65 loss to second-seeded Ohio State in a second-round game of the NCAA tournament's Philadelphia Regional late Tuesday night, Doron, the Terps' gifted shooting guard, acknowledged that ending the year this early wasn't part of the game plan. "This year's team is one of the best teams I've ever been on -- personality-wise and basketball-wise," the sophomore said.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - For a change, the Maryland women's basketball team had some fun. Fresh off a hard-fought, two-point win against unranked Xavier on Saturday, the No. 19 Terrapins blasted visiting St. Bonaventure, 91-42, before 2,273 at Comcast Center last night. Maryland (6-1), which posted its largest margin of victory this season, won its fourth consecutive game by forcing the Bonnies (2-4) to commit a season-high 27 turnovers, limiting them to 27.8 percent shooting from the field and boasting five players scoring in double figures.
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February 20, 2013
In the land of plenty, Laura Harper was drowning in a world of need. Her life was dark and menacing, complicated by the lack of a high-school diploma and, far worse, a reliance on crack cocaine. "The first hit," she warned, with the conviction of a firebrand preacher from the pulpit, "is the highest you'll ever get in life. After that, it's just chasing that rock. " One bad decision followed another. Then she hit bottom. "I was living with my cousin, but she told me I would have to leave because she wanted to find a smaller place," Harper said.
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February 20, 2013
In the land of plenty, Laura Harper was drowning in a world of need. Her life was dark and menacing, complicated by the lack of a high-school diploma and, far worse, a reliance on crack cocaine. "The first hit," she warned, with the conviction of a firebrand preacher from the pulpit, "is the highest you'll ever get in life. After that, it's just chasing that rock. " One bad decision followed another. Then she hit bottom. "I was living with my cousin, but she told me I would have to leave because she wanted to find a smaller place," Harper said.
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Sports Digest | February 16, 2012
WNBA The WNBA Washington Mystics on Wednesday added free-agent forward-center Laura Harper , who started on Maryland's national championship team in 2005-06. Harper, the 10th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, has played for the Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars. She is averaging 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this season for Antakya in Turkey. The Mystics also added free-agent post player Ashley Walker and re-signed forward Kerri Gardin . College basketball Mount's Burke on administrative leave Mount St. Mary's placed men's basketball coach Robert Burke on paid administrative leave Wednesday and named assistant Matt Henry the team's acting coach.
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By Sports Digest | December 15, 2009
The San Antonio Silver Stars selected former Maryland star Laura Harper with the fifth pick in the WNBA dispersal draft of Sacramento Monarchs players. Harper, a 6-foot-5 forward-center, was selected 10th overall by Sacramento in the 2008 college draft and played two seasons for the Monarchs, averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 15.2 minutes. She was 15th in the league in offensive rebounds in 2009 with 68. Harper played four seasons with the Terps, finishing her career ranked fourth all-time in career rebounds (873)
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun reporter | February 24, 2008
COLLEGE PARK -- From moment to moment, Laura Harper's face can display the near full range of visible emotions, and during her four years at Maryland, her big brother, Will, has seen them all. Will Harper saw the pain in the Terps center's face after she ruptured her Achilles' tendon as a freshman. He saw the joy after she was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four two years ago to cap Maryland's national title run, and he saw the anguish last year when the tears cascaded down her face after the Terps were bounced from the NCAA tournament as they failed to defend their title.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2005
The redness around Shay Doron's eyes spoke volumes about the pain welling up inside. Less than 30 minutes after the seventh-seeded Maryland women's basketball team's season came to a halt in a 75-65 loss to second-seeded Ohio State in a second-round game of the NCAA tournament's Philadelphia Regional late Tuesday night, Doron, the Terps' gifted shooting guard, acknowledged that ending the year this early wasn't part of the game plan. "This year's team is one of the best teams I've ever been on -- personality-wise and basketball-wise," the sophomore said.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - For a change, the Maryland women's basketball team had some fun. Fresh off a hard-fought, two-point win against unranked Xavier on Saturday, the No. 19 Terrapins blasted visiting St. Bonaventure, 91-42, before 2,273 at Comcast Center last night. Maryland (6-1), which posted its largest margin of victory this season, won its fourth consecutive game by forcing the Bonnies (2-4) to commit a season-high 27 turnovers, limiting them to 27.8 percent shooting from the field and boasting five players scoring in double figures.
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Sports Digest | February 16, 2012
WNBA The WNBA Washington Mystics on Wednesday added free-agent forward-center Laura Harper , who started on Maryland's national championship team in 2005-06. Harper, the 10th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, has played for the Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars. She is averaging 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this season for Antakya in Turkey. The Mystics also added free-agent post player Ashley Walker and re-signed forward Kerri Gardin . College basketball Mount's Burke on administrative leave Mount St. Mary's placed men's basketball coach Robert Burke on paid administrative leave Wednesday and named assistant Matt Henry the team's acting coach.
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Sports Digest | September 5, 2013
Loyola women's basketball Former Terp Harper hired as assistant Former Maryland standout Laura Harper has joined the Loyola Maryland women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant. Harper replaces former Terp Keith Booth . Harper, the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player during the Terps ' national title run in 2006, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. The power forward averaged five points and 3.7 rebounds in her first two seasons as a pro. Most recently, Harper played overseas in Russia for the Dynamo Moscow.
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By David Selig and David Selig,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - After watching her team defeat Siena, 73-52, yesterday, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said she has no doubt that her offense is good enough to compete with No. 3 LSU on Friday night in Colorado. But the Terps' defense, she acknowledged, could pose a problem. "With what we have ahead, we've got to be able to get a lot tougher and a lot smarter," Frese said after her team got out-rebounded and allowed the Saints to shoot more than 40 percent from the field.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2003
In some ways, Philadelphia-area prep basketball star Laura Harper is similar to the Maryland women's basketball program she signed with recently. Despite the genes of a father who played college basketball and the rich history that comes with two Final Four appearances, both Harper and the Maryland women's program have emerged as late bloomers. The 6-foot-4 power forward seems a typical elite player, ranked as high as eighth among high school seniors after averaging 21 points a game at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pa., last season.
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