Thomas was harried by the Huskies in a 76-50 Sweet 16 loss that ended her season, scoring 13 points after tallying 29 and 28 points in the first two rounds. In their earlier game, a 63-48 loss on Dec. 3, she was held to six points on 2-for-12 shooting. The lesson was clear: If the Terps are to contend against UConn, they're going to need more options to take the focus off their star senior.
Without four players, three starters or much luck, the Terps advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament last season. They won 26 games. They finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When eventual national champion Connecticut ended their season, the active roster consisted of seven healthy scholarship players and a walk-on from the volleyball team.
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon -- along with women's basketball coach Brenda Frese -- as well as their respective teams will be stepping back in time for Maryland Madness. Rather than hold the preseason event at Comcast Center, the Terps will hold it at Cole Field House on Oct. 18. The men's team officially starts practice Friday.
The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games there.
South Forsyth (Ga.) guard Sarah Myers and West Forsyth (Ga.) center Jenna Staiti decided to follow Lexie Brown's path from Georgia to Maryland by making their commitments two years before they will graduate high school.
Thomas burned the Spartans for 28 points in a 74-49 Terps victory that sent them to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland (26-7) advanced to face top-seeded Connecticut in the regional semifinals on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn.
When the Maryland women's basketball team steps onto the court Monday night for its NCAA tournament second-round game at Comcast Center, the Terps will be without two starters and a reserve because of injury and another starter who's recovering from illness.
The 12th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team drew the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament's Bridgeport (Conn.) Region when the field of 64 was announced Monday night. The Terps will play Quinnipiac in the first round Saturday at Comcast Center.
The Terps claimed an 88-61 victory in front of 6,474 at Comcast Center on a senior day in which Tianna Hawkins finished with game highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds for her ACC-leading 18th double-double.
The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team had been eagerly anticipating Sunday's rematch against No. 5 Duke for the past last two weeks since losing badly to its most bitter rival. This time the game would be at Comcast Center, and the Terps Terrapins would not have to contend with Chelsea Gray, the Blue Devils' best player who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The seventh-ranked Maryland women's basketball team combined one of its most complete defensive efforts of the season with another in a long line of virtuoso performances from Alyssa Thomas to throttle Virginia, 73-44, Sunday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
Playing its first game in a week, the 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team overcame a ragged beginning against Boston College, rallied to claim the lead for good shortly before halftime and used another flurry after the break to pull away for an 85-62 victory Sunday in front of an announced 5,503 at Comcast Center.
The 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was near the end of practice Saturday when starting forward Tierney Pfirman collided knee-to-knee with a scout player and collapsed in considerable pain.
The lowest point last season for the 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team came following an unlikely loss to Virginia Tech. Out with a hand injury that day was Alyssa Thomas, but the Terps junior forward made sure the outcome would be drastically different this time.