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Former Terp Kristi Toliver On 'The Shot': It 'Never Gets Old'

August 9, 2017
It's been more than a decade since she hit the shot. 

With less than 10 seconds remaining in the 2006 NCAA Division I women's basketball national championship game, then-freshman Maryland guard Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer that would send the game into overtime. The Terps went on to defeat Duke, 78-75, for the program's first national championship. 

Toliver, 30, still reflects on that moment from time to time. 

"It's still very cool; it was an awesome moment," Toliver said during a Glenn Clark Radio interview July 28. "A great year for us and for me. You know, obviously, I've done things since then, but, I mean, to relive that kind of moment -- that certainly never gets old."

Now in her ninth WNBA season, the former Terps guard is again playing basketball on the East Coast as a member of the Washington Mystics. Toliver played her rookie season for the Chicago Sky and has spent the previous seven seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

"It's been a while since I've been back on the East Coast … it's really cool," Toliver said. "It's great to see old faces and just kind of catch up with a lot of people that I haven't been able to see for … almost a decade."

The Harrisonburg, Va., native said it's nice being in the DMV area, but she stressed her decision to sign with Washington was largely influenced by what she sees in the Mystics and their potential for success.

"That was one of the main points of coming … I didn't leave a championship team just to come and goof around," Toliver said. "I came to build something on that level, and it's kind of the same approach that I had when I chose Maryland, when I was 18 years old, of just wanting to build something and make history."

Toliver has started each of the Mystics' 24 games and has helped them to a 15-10 record, a half-game behind the Connecticut Sun, who hold first place in the Eastern Conference. A career 39.8-percent 3-point shooter, Toliver is averaging 11.3 points and 3.1 assists per game this season, fourth and first on the team, respectively.

The Mystics have won their division only once in the franchise's 19-year history.
 
"I like where we are at," Toliver said. "To be so new, learning one another, I think we're doing a pretty good job."

Also in her first year with the Mystics is 2015 league MVP Elena Delle Donne. Toliver said Delle Donne is a great teammate but also one of the more important faces of the sport. 

"In women's basketball, we need a little bit more noise, I guess you could say," Toliver said. "So for her, at 6-[foot]-5 walking down the street, it's great when she's able to be recognized and represent us as a team and as a league. I think she does a great job just doing it the right way."

As for her college team, Toliver said she wishes she could still be out there to help the Terps win another championship, something they haven't done since her freshman year. 

"It's tough to watch, certainly as an [alumna] and as a player. I want to go suit up for Maryland [every once in a while]," Toliver said. "They're doing a good job of being relevant every year and kind of making … steps in the right direction, but … it's going to take something special to get over that hump. And I only know because we had it in '06."

For more from Toliver, listen to the full interview here: