For the time being, here's what the Maryland women's basketball team knows about next summer's World University Games in Taiwan: A United State All-Star team isn't going, as it had for the past four appearances. The Terps will represent the country instead, quite happily. And ... yeah, that's about it.
With Pat Summitt's death Tuesday morning at age 64, that is how Briana Hutchen chose to remember her: as the icon whose goodness as a person and greatness as a coach prompted a postgame standing ovation in an opposing gym and a beeline of rival players to approach her and say: "As a little girl, I always wanted to play for Tennessee."
Alyssa Rasmussen of the Sparrows Point basketball team and Joey Schildwachter from Concordia Prep's football squad both had major influences on their team in important yet quiet ways. Rasmussen organized numerous events off the court and helped during games while Schildwachter undertook the difficult task of playing several positions on both sides of the ball to aid a short-handed squad. Their unselfish behavior is why both won the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship at the annual Unsung Heroes
With the nation¿s No. 1 recruiting class on its way to College Park, redshirt sophomore A¿Lexus Harrison's role likely would be as limited ¿ if not more limited ¿ than it was during her two seasons with the Maryland women¿s basketball team.
The Maryland women¿s basketball team was a strong favorite to move ahead in the NCAA Tournament on Monday night. The Terps were playing on their home court and they were playing a Washington Huskies team that appeared to be at a serious depth disadvantage. None of that mattered. The seventh-seeded Washington Huskies scored a stunning 74-65 upset at Xfinity Center that brought Maryland¿s terrific season to a crushing end.
The tears rimming the eyes of four seniors told the story Monday evening: The Maryland women's basketball team was out of the NCAA tournament after a 74-65 loss to Washington that none of the confident Terps saw coming.
No. 15 seed Iona gave the Maryland women¿s basketball team a tense afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but the Terps used a balanced attack to pull away for a 74-58 win on their home court.
As a high-level Division I athlete and aspiring broadcaster, Chloe Pavlech occupies an unlikely space in the media-sports Venn diagram. She has come to realize that success on the court and in the broadcast studio is possible. And when you can combine the two? All the better.
So it was that the Terps found themselves trailing by double figures early and in a bit of an offensive rut. But as Maryland eventually eased into a scoring rhythm, masterful defense — just one field goal allowed — during the second quarter largely enabled the Terps to move in front for good on the way to a 75-55 victory.
Brionna Jones scored 20 points, and No. 6 Maryland overwhelmed Michigan in the second half to pull away for a 76-56 victory. The Terps (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten) fell behind by nine points in the second quarter and 30-29 at halftime ¿ only the third time this season Maryland trailed at the break.
The challenge these days for University of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese and her husband, 1988 Laurel High graduate Mark Thomas, is raising two active boys in a family where the mother is in a profession that can be all-consuming in terms of time and mental energy.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 points and fueled a third-quarter run that carried No. 5 Maryland past Indiana, 86-63, Saturday, the Terps' seventh straight victory. Brene Moseley also scored 16, and Brionna Jones had 10 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland move into a first-place tie with Ohio State in the Big Ten.
As a high school star in Western Pennsylvania, one distinction always eluded Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. She never got a chance to play inside Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. But she made the most of a trip to the Nittany Lions' venue as a Terp on Wednesday night, scoring 25 points to lead No. 5 Maryland's 89-53 victory.
Kristen Confroy scored 17 points and Brionna Jones added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the No. 6 Maryland women's basketball team past Illinois, 79-63, Thursday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
For about two weeks every summer, Jarred, a 6-foot-7 forward at Loyola Maryland; Brionna, a 6-3 center at Maryland; Stephanie, a 6-2 forward at Aberdeen who will play for the Terps next season; and Jordon, a 6-6 sophomore forward at Aberdeen, make daily trips to the courts outside Havre de Grace High School seeking basketball supremacy.
The Orange's relentless pressure bothered Maryland in stretches, but the Terps prevailed, 82-64, behind a strong fourth quarter combined with frontcourt supremacy and the all-around performance of Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Xfinity Center.