With its most indispensable player on the bench wearing a cast covering her left wrist and forearm, the eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team absorbed a stunning 75-69 loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday night before 3,537 at Comcast Center.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas could only watch the Terrapins lose their second straight, their first at home this season and for the first time to an unranked team in a listless performance from tip-off to final whistle. Thomas strained the thumb on her shooting hand during practice on Tuesday, and although the injury is not considered serious, last season’s ACC rookie of the year had the cast fitted for precautionary reasons.
The thinking was Maryland would be able to handle Virginia Tech, which it had beaten six straight times, with relative ease considering the Hokies arrived in College Park losers of five in a row, none by fewer than 13 points. The Terrapins instead head into a week off until their next game reeling from one of the more disheartening outcomes in Coach Brenda Frese’s tenure and with serious doubts about whether they can be a factor come late March.