After Mark Turgeon was widely praised for keeping the Terps competitive in his first season, fans are getting a little impatient with the progress the team has made in the coach's second year at Maryland.
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.
Maryland's recent slump has not been a total shock to second-year coach Mark Turgeon. When he looked at the schedule before the season, Turgeon saw how difficult the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference slate might unfold for a young team.
The Terps didn't show up for the first half of Saturday's game at the Dean Smith Center and the Tar Heels looked more like the kind of team they have had dating back to the years when the legend whose name is on the building was still coaching. The result was a 22-point halftime deficit for Maryland that turned into a 62-52 defeat.
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.
Winner of 13 games in a row, Maryland said it wanted a test. It got one ¿ and then some ¿ Wednesday night from a rugged Florida State team that erased a 12-point, second-half deficit to defeat the turnover-prone Terps, 65-62, at Comcast Center.
The improved play of the point guards this season has contributed significantly to Maryland's 13-1 start going into Wednesday's 8 p.m. game against Florida State. The contrasting styles of Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen were on display when the Terps beat Virginia Tech at home Saturday.
The Terps certainly answered some of their skeptics who questioned the soft non-conference schedule Turgeon put together for his young team. Again, the second-year Maryland coach showed that he knew what was best for his team.
Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon is not apologizing for the schedule that has helped produce the program's longest winning streak in more than a decade. Nor is Turgeon worried about whether Maryland is ready for its ACC opener Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Maryland will take a 12-game winning streak into Saturday¿s ACC opener against Virginia Tech at Comcast Center. The Terps, who have not lost since a three-point defeat to then-No. 3 Kentucky in the seaon opener in Brooklyn, N.Y., are a confident bunch.
Mark Turgeon said Monday that he is considering tweaking his lineup for Tuesday's game against IUPUI at Comcast Center as the Terps get ready for Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Virginia Tech at home.
Jake Layman's adjustment to college life in general at Maryland and basketball in particular was a bit more difficult than the other three freshmen who were part of second-year coach Mark Turgeon¿s first recruiting class.
After a slow start against Delaware State at Comcast Center, the Terps were led out of their early afternoon slumber by freshman Charles Mitchell and the rest of a group ranked among the top 15 coming out of high school.