The Maryland women's basketball team, which went 28-7 last season, was ranked No. 8 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, released Monday. ESPN, which on Monday ranked the Terps tied with Duke for sixth in the nation, wrote: "The shift [to the Big Ten Conference] will be strange for a program so connected to the ACC, but playing without the school's all-time best player, Alyssa Thomas, might be harder to get used to, at least initially. Duplicating last season's Final Four run might be asking too much, but Brenda Frese's good work in the recruiting trenches will keep the Terrapins among the nation's upper echelon. Athletic sophomores [Lexie] Brown, [Aberdeen's] Brionna Jones and [Shatori] Walker-Kimbrough are now the backbone." Maryland, which defeated Division II Goldey-Beacom, 103-43, in its first exhibition and faces Division II UDC on Saturday in its second exhibition, opens the season Nov. 14 against visiting Mount St. Mary's.