Evaluating the Terps women

Ncaa Women's Tournament

March 22, 2007|By MILTON KENT

The Maryland women's basketball team ended its season Tuesday night with an 89-78 loss to Mississippi in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Here's an evaluation of the 2006-07 Terps, with performance levels being "extraordinary," "exceeds expectations," "meets expectations" and "needs improvement."

STARTERS

Shay Doron

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: The senior took a backseat in her role as a scorer, but was the emotional linchpin of the team. Replacing her leadership will be difficult.

Performance goal: Defense and ball-handling will have to improve to have a shot at sticking at the WNBA level.

Marissa Coleman

Performance level: Exceeds expectations

Comment: Perhaps the only Maryland regular to improve her game during the season. Coleman's passing, rebounding and defense all got better as the season went on. On the verge of superstardom.

Performance goal: Needs to improve her shot, which faltered slightly this season.

Laura Harper

Performance level: Needs improvement

Comment: Took a significant step backward. Her shot became unreliable, and her overall game became inconsistent.

Performance goal: Must take on more of frontcourt scoring load to keep double teams off Crystal Langhorne.

Crystal Langhorne

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: Might be named an All-American, but she wasn't as dominant as during her sophomore year. The team's best rebounder and low-post threat, but she took a step back in terms of her ability to recognize and pass out of double teams.

Performance goal: Must develop a 15-foot jumper to become complete.

Kristi Toliver

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: Nation's third-best three-point shooter, but not as accomplished at running the offense as in 2005-06. Toliver's lack of quickness against speedier guards hurt her perimeter defense.

Performance goal: Needs to exhibit more confidence. Doron's departure should give Toliver room to improve with more time at shooting guard.

BENCH

Christie Marrone

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: Virginia Tech transfer's minutes decreased as season went along, but she could provide shooting depth off the bench next season.

Performance goal: Needs to develop point guard skills to give the Terps more ball-handling options.

Ashleigh Newman

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: Another who had reduced minutes, but she could challenge for starting shooting guard slot. Should have received more minutes as perimeter defender.

Performance goal: Needs to return to 2005-06 form from three-point range, when she shot 36 percent.

Jade Perry

Performance level: Needs improvement

Comment: Got a lot of Harper's minutes, but took a significant step back, especially on the offensive end, where her shooting percentage went down considerably.

Performance goal: Needs to work harder on defending the high post.

Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood

Performance level: Meets expectations

Comment: Tennessee transfer started off solidly when she became eligible, but stopped looking for her shot late in the season. Still the favorite to start at point guard next season.

Performance goal: Offseason knee surgery should help with quickness, which should help with defense.

INCOMING CLASS

G Anjale Barrett (St. Michael Academy, New York): The probable backup point guard. Has solid ball-handling skills and good court vision.

G Katheryn Lyons (Bishop McGuinness, Winston Salem, N.C.): Should give the Terps more guard options.

F Drey Mingo (Marist High, Atlanta): Heir apparent to Langhorne, though she has the ability to step out to 15 feet to hit the jumper. Supposedly needs to work on ball-handling to round out her game.

G Kim Rodgers (Princess Anne High, Virginia Beach, Va.): Like Lyons, likely to provide backcourt depth.

G Marah Strickland (Towson Catholic): Two-time Sun Player of the Year will immediately go into the rotation, mostly behind Toliver and Newman at shooting guard. Her length and athleticism provide plenty of options, both on offense and defense.

F Emery Wallace: Redshirt freshman missed the entire season with knee problems, but should back up Coleman at small forward and give Maryland another perimeter scorer.

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