Mariah Gray, Maia Lee and Nukiya Mayo endured 18 more losses than wins in their first two years for the Towson women’s basketball team. On Friday, they'll play in the program's first NCAA tournament game.
No. 4 seed Syracuse is returning to championship weekend for the fifth straight year after beating fifth-seeded Southern California, 12-11, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday.
When Penn State's women's lacrosse team upset No. 2 Florida on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Baltimore-area natives figured prominently, including St. Mary's graduate Steph Lazo with the game-winning goal in overtime. Half of the Nittany Lions' starting lineup hails from the Baltimore suburbs and so does coach Missy Doherty, who played lacrosse at St. Mary's before helping Maryland to three national championships
Dene' DiMartino, the Blue Jays' all-time leader in draw controls, won the first draw and scored on a free-position 12 seconds later. Her teammates Josie George and Haley Schweizer won the next two draws and Schweizer and Shannon Fitzgerald converted them for a three-goal lead in just 2:07. That spurt carried the Blue Jays to a 12-10 victory over Virginia as they advanced past the first round for the second time in their 18 years as a Division I program.
While the other top Division I teams play in their conference tournament this week or next, the independent Blue Jays have finished their regular season and have nothing to do but practice and wait to see if they earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. The selections will be announced on May 8 at 9 p.m.
It has been an uneven season for Maryland, a preseason top-five team with the potential to dazzle and disappoint, often in the course of one game. But before a national TV audience, the Terps can extend their season, and maybe prove themselves worthy of the hype and hope so many fans held for them.
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.
March Madness is a time when Under Armour and other fitness apparel and footwear companies battle for the reflected glow of fans' intense college loyalties. The brands are betting that fans will heed the subtler images displayed on the uniforms of NCAA basketball tournament teams: Under Armour's interlocking "UA," Nike's swoosh, the three stripes of Adidas.
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.