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Kristi Toliver


University of Maryland, College Park

Family Studies


Kristi is scheduled to graduate this May with a degree in Family Science.


A leader both on and off the court for her teammates and an ambassador for Maryland basketball to the fans and the University community at large, Kristi has represented the University with class for four years and has served as role model for many young women who have been attracted to the Maryland program in large part because of Kristi’s exploits.


Kristi has been involved with the Special Olympics for three years now, instructing, interacting, and participating with Special Olympians. In addition, she has taken time to visit the Kennedy Krieger Institute Children’s Hospital to visit and talk with patients who look up to her. Kristi has taken part in numerous school readings, and has visited many grade schools and junior high schools to talk about being a positive role model, staying in school, staying fit, and saying no to drugs. Finally, Kristi has participated in the annual Relay for Life to help raise money and awareness for the cause.


The fifth All-American in Maryland Women’s Basketball history, Kristi earned the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s top point guard in her junior season. That same year, Kristi set an ACC record with 275 assists. Early in the 2008-09 season, Kristi became Maryland’s all-time assist leader when she dished out her 584th career assist. A two-time All-ACC selection and member of the All-ACC Rookie Team in 2006, Kristi will perhaps best be remembered for the three-pointer she hit with time winding down in the National Championship Game in 2006 which sent the game to overtime before Maryland eventually won its first title.  Toliver was recently named one of 20 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award.  She was also added to the 2008-09 Naismith Trophy midseason candidate list in an announcement by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.