Maryland guard Brene Moseley proved she might help fill the void left by Laurin Mincy and Lexie Brown. Moseley had 24 points and a career-high 10 assists for No. 9 Maryland, which opened its women's basketball season with a 102-53 rout of UMass-Lowell on Saturday.
Going to back-to-back Final Fours does wonders for recruiting. Despite losing in the NCAA semifinals each of the past two seasons, the Maryland women's basketball team bolstered its chances of going to the Final Four several more times in the next few years by signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the country Wednesday. After twice assembling the No. 2 class in the country, in 2007 and 2010, this marks the first time Brenda Frese has the top class.
The game has different values now. A forward who can rebound and defend and post up remains a commodity, same as it has been since the sport's early days. But a forward who also can shoot 3-pointers and lead fast breaks and handcuff opposing guards — the kind of player James Naismith might have conceived of only in a science-fiction setting — has become like basketball's analog of the smartphone. Everyone wants one, and it's getting increasingly difficult to imagine life without.
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese had to like the question, even though answering it would require a bit of diplomacy. Her Terps swept the Big Ten in their debut season in the conference. They won all 18 regular-season games and then won the Big Ten tournament, which would be an imposing feat under any circumstances, but was particularly impressive in the greater context of the university's jump from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Maryland women's basketball team was unbeaten, a perfect 18-0, in the Big Ten Conference last season. It won the Big Ten tournament. It advanced to the Final Four, two rounds further than the Big Ten's next-best NCAA tournament team. On Wednesday, after a vote by coaches and media, the Terps were named conference favorites, picked to repeat as champions.
The Randy Edsall era produced positive results on a number of levels, but it had become obvious to Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson and a lot of other people around the program that it was not going to produce a Big Ten Conference football power. Now, that responsibility reverts to Anderson
Five-star recruit Destiny Slocum, a top-five player overall in the Class of 2016, orally committed to the Maryland women's basketball team Saturday, giving the Terps their third top-25 prospect and point guard of the future
As a follow up to Senior Circles, July 9, "Policy decisions on aging issues are coming up," I attended the live streaming of the White House Conference on Aging at a Watch Party July 13 at the North Laurel 50+ Center.
On a team loaded with players whose parents competed in sports either professionally or collegiately, the Maryland women's basketball team benefits plenty from its cadre of second-generation stars, led by point guard Lexie Brown, daughter of former NBA star Dee Brown.
Maryland (33-2) advanced to Monday night's Spokane Region final with a, 65-55, victory over former Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke Saturday afternoon. No. 2 seed Tennessee (30-5) erased a 17-point deficit with 6:34 left in regulation to force overtime and emerge with a 73-69 win against No. 11 seed Gonzaga.
The Maryland women¿s basketball team, which went undefeated during the Big Ten Conference regular season and won the conference tournament, earned a No. 1 seed tonight in the NCAA women¿s tournament that begins Friday.