On Tuesday, the University of Maryland officially leaves the North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Conference for the more prosperous Big Ten Conference, a Midwest-oriented league known for its football heritage and expanding television network.
That Brionna Jones' surgically repaired right knee is now healthy enough to take the Bridgestone Arena court in Nashville, Tenn., against the undefeated Fighting Irish is testament enough to a player who, at one point, was under consideration for a redshirt year. How a shy 18-year-old has come "out of her shell," as senior center Essence Townsend fittingly put it, is all the more remarkable.
The women's game is growing. Sunday night's Final Four at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., is sold out. The arena seats just under 20,000 for basketball. The Terps (28-6) play Notre Dame (36-0) in the first game followed by Connecticut (38-0) against Stanford (33-3).
Tonight, Frese and Walz meet for a third time as adversaries in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight, but both coaches indicated the showdown will be more about the players than the teacher-mentor dynamic.
With Alyssa Thomas chasing two of the most revered records in Maryland women's basketball history and less than a week from the senior's final regular-season home game, Terps coach Brenda Frese couldn't resist a little ruse at the expense of the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.
The sixth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team overcame balky early shooting and got valuable contributions from its bench to pull away from Syracuse, 77-62, on Thursday night in front of 3,777 at Comcast Center.
At one hospital, weekend elective surgeries were canceled, and even emergency surgeries were threatened because of a medication shortage in the United States, a growing crisis that's threatening lives.
Gov. Martin O'Malley brought in $150,000 in 2012, just a fraction of a percent of the more than $2 million each that Terps football coach Randy Edsall and men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon pulled in, according to a salary database.
Senior Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th rebound as No. 8 Maryland routed the visiting College of Charleston, 103-51, on Sunday in the Terrapin Classic championship game in College Park.
Alyssa Thomas had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for her second triple double in three games and fourth of her career as the Terps beat Wofford, 110-53, on Saturday in the Terrapin Classic semifinals.