The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team are the undisputed Big Ten Conference Champions.This is their first ever Big Ten Championship. In their inaugural Big Ten season this year, their conference record is unblemished at 15-0 with three games left in the season.
In fact, all the Lady Terps seem to do now… is win. They haven’t lost a game since December 3rd against Notre Dame. The Lady Terp are on an 18-game winning streak in the aftermath of that loss and ranked fifth in the nation right now.
Going back down memory lane, back to Maryland’s ACC days, in the 2011-2012 season the Lady Terps reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. They lost to Notre Dame in that game 80-49 and ended that season with a 31-5 overall record and a 12-4 record in the ACC. The next season, they were ousted in the Sweet 16 round against Connecticut, losing 76-50.
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The Lady Terps got another step closer.
Last season, they met a Notre Dame team in the Final Four but lost that time as well, 87-61. This seems like a negative trend but it actually proves that the Lady Terps have remained consistent in making it further into the NCAA tournament. Head Coach Brenda Frese has a lot to do with their success as well. Each team has been able to remain at the top of the discussion as far as relevancy and team production. This season, they have the ability to get all the way to the National Championship game and bring a title back to the Xfinity Center.
This team is stacked with talent. They have a big four (Lexie Brown, Laurin Mincey, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, and Brionna Jones) that is the driving force of the team, and each player averages double figures in points per game. Here are the numbers:
Lexie Brown: 13.3 Points Per Game, 14.7 PPG in Big Ten, 42 percent field goal percentage, 35 percent three point percentage
Laurin Mincey: 13.5 Points Per Game, 13.6 PPG in Big Ten, 44 percent field goal percentage
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough: 14.2 Points Per Game, 15.5 PPG in Big Ten, 55 percent field goal percentage
Brionna Jones: 12.7 Points Per Game, 13.7 PPG in Big Ten, 9.2 rebounds per game, 58 percent field goal percentage
Here is the buzz surrounding the news of the Big Ten Championship win:
The Lady Terps have the Penn State Nittany Lions up next tonight at 7 pm at the Xfinity Center. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network.