HARTFORD, Conn. — It was going to be demanding enough for the ninth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team to come to XL Center, the second home court to No. 2 Connecticut, and prove a match for the seven-time NCAA champions with a full complement of players, much less with the starting back court unavailable because of injury.
Then consider three of the eight members of the Terrapins’ active roster are freshmen, and there was every reason to believe the proceedings would get out of hand in short time on Monday night before 11,645.
Maryland instead pushed Connecticut throughout, and although the Terrapins wound up on the short end, 63-48, in a game that was part of the Jimmy V Classic, they left with positive feelings after a performance that had Coach Brenda Frese smiling.
“C’mon, how many of you didn’t think we had a chance in this game tonight?” Frese said to open her postgame news conference.