March 23, 2013 |
The fourth-seeded Maryland women's basketball team began NCAA tournament play on Saturday with a 72-52 victory over No. 13 seed Quinnipiac, using the strength of a decisive run bridging the halves and another all-American-caliber performance from Alyssa Thomas. The junior forward scored a game-high 29 points and added 13 rebounds and five assists to lead an overpowering front court for the Terrapins, who for the first time this season had four players reach double-figure rebounds.
March 21, 2013 |
Twenty-four years ago, before many of his Maryland men's basketball players were even born, an energetic recent graduate named Mark Turgeon began coaching the University of Kansas junior varsity team. The Jayhawks were small. So small, in fact, that their power forward stood 6 feet 2. Sometimes he played center. That was the last time Turgeon ever inserted a five-guard lineup before Thursday night against Denver in the National Invitation Tournament second round. Backed in to a corner by the...
March 18, 2013 |
Their admittedly slim hopes for an NCAA tournament at-large berth definitely dashed, the Maryland Terrapins took 24 hours to digest their relegation to the National Invitation Tournament. Then they went back to work. Motivation shouldn't be a problem for Maryland, which hosts Niagara (19-13) at Comcast Center in Tuesday's first round. A deep run would serve as a springboard into the offseason. Reaching the semifinals at Madison Square Garden would provide a proper sendoff for senior James Padgett...
March 11, 2013 |
When Virginia had finished orchestrating its biggest comeback since 2006 in a dramatic 61-58 overtime victory over Maryland on Sunday night, 11,794 nervous fans at John Paul Jones Arena, collectively exhaled. Senior point guard Jontel Evans shed tears of joy on the court and in the locker room. Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett, never one to savor a victory, even cracked jokes during his postgame news conference. Inside a small auditorium in front of reporters, freshman center Mike...
March 10, 2013 |
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Had any player or coach on Maryland or Virginia wandered down to the opposing bench at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday night, he would have been met with a mirror image. All season, these two teams have followed encouraging wins with disappointing losses, and shown signs of progress only to respond with confounding lapses. Neither has found a reliable point guard and each owned a spot firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble entering the final ACC...
March 9, 2013 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The second-seeded Maryland women's basket team had its bid to repeat as ACC tournament champions end with a 72-65 loss to North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals despite nearly a second straight triple-double from junior foward Alyssa Thomas, who got little help during the Terrapins' second-half collapse in front of 8,754 at Greensboro Coliseum. Thomas finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists less than 24 hours after recording the first...