Feb 10, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins bench celebrates during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Xfinity Center. Maryland Terrapins defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 80-69. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
It is no secret that the Maryland Terrapins Women’s Basketball Team is annually going to be among the elite programs in the country. Brenda Frese knows what she is doing, and the product is always going to be very, very good.
But honestly, could anyone have really hoped that they would finish their first season in the Big 10 with an unblemished record of 18-0? After all, no team has accomplished that in the past 16 years. It has been an amazing season, and the women hope it is only just beginning.
The final conference victim of the #5 Terps was Northwestern, who fell to Maryland in Evanston on Sunday afternoon by a score of 69-48. The first half was closer than the final score may lead one to believe, as the Terps only held a 32-26 lead at intermission.
But Maryland took control after the break, moving quickly to an insurmountable lead. Brene Moseley was the top scorer with 18 points, while Brionna Jones chipped in 14 with Shatori Walker-Kimbrough adding 11 more. Jones also pulled down an impressive 13 rebounds. She is averaging close to 11 boards per game in Big 10 play.
Obviously the Terps will be the #1 seed in the conference tournament that begins on Wednesday in Illinois. Maryland has byes and will not play until Friday.
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Can a Big 10 team defeat the Maryland women? It is certainly possible; not every game has been a blowout this year. The Terps managed a four-point win over Minnesota on the road, a five-point victory over Iowa at home, and a six-point win at Michigan State. A total of 10 of the 18 wins were by margins of 12 points or less.
But any Big 10 team defeating Maryland will be the first since 2007, as the Terps have a 27-game streak dating back to that time.
Maryland’s (26-2) only two losses were a 20-point defeat at the hands of #4 Notre Dame in Indiana and a six-point loss to Washington State, which is not ranked. Those games were now almost three months ago in early December.
Come back tomorrow for a tournament preview by staff writer Anthony Brown.