Terps, Mids women ready for women's hoops draw
By the time the Maryland women's basketball team steps onto the court for the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, it will have been two weeks since the Terps last played.
The extended layoff comes after a taxing regular season that included an expanded Atlantic Coast Conference schedule of 18 games and two games in the ACC tournament, including a 72-65 loss to North Carolina in the semifinals March 9.
"The week couldn't have come at a better time," said coach Brenda Frese.
The Terps will gather tonight at Comcast Center to watch the NCAA tournament selection show to find out where they're seeded and which opponent they draw. What Maryland does know is that its first two games will be at home.
The Terps (24-7) were a No. 2 seed last season and beat 15th-seeded Navy, 59-44, in the first round at Comcast Center.
The Mids (21-11) also are awaiting their seed and opponent after winning a third straight Patriot League tournament title Saturday with a 72-53 victory over Holy Cross.
"We're incredibly proud of where we sit right now," Navy coach Stefanie Pemper said. "We're obviously going to get a really low seed in the tournament and have a really tall task ahead of us."
The Terps, meantime, can make a case for being as high as a No. 2 seed this season given a second-place finish in the ACC during the regular season and a schedule that includes four victories over ranked opponents.
That Maryland was able to remain ranked in the top 10 wire-to-wire in the regular season (it has since fallen to No. 12) is all the more notable considering how many injuries and illnesses the team has been forced to withstand. The run of misfortune began in late October when sophomore Brene Moseley, in line to become the starting point guard, tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage and was lost for the season.
A month later, junior shooting guard Laurin Mincy suffered a season-ending ACL tear against then-No. 19 Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Lincoln, Neb. Mincy was Maryland's second-leading scorer last season and finished with a game-high 21 points in an 81-74 comeback win against Texas A&M in last year's region semifinals in Raleigh, N.C.
Maryland also lost reserve center Essence Townsend to a torn ACL, and freshman forward Tierney Pfirman, who had been playing extensively in the Terps' limited rotation, dislocated her kneecap in January and was out for a month. After re-entering the lineup, Pfirman developed mononucleosis and remains out indefinitely after not accompanying the team to Greensboro, N.C., for the ACC tournament, meaning the Terps enter the NCAA tournament with a rotation comprising primarily six players.
Junior forward Alyssa Thomas also missed several days of practice with stomach discomfort heading into the ACC tournament, although she recorded the first triple double in ACC tournament history with a career-high 32 points to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 92-81 overtime win against Wake Forest in the quarterfinals.
"Obviously the NCAAs helps us because it's not consecutive days," Frese said. "Given the amount of minutes our top six players are playing, that definitely helps us going into this tournament."
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post
Men's college basketball: Loyola's Jimmy Patsos is one of 20 finalists for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, an honor Patsos received last year. Prosser, who coached at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest, died in 2007. ... Junior guard Donn Hill (Bel Air) had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 11 St. Mary's to an 84-66 win over visiting Morrisville State (23-6) in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday night. The Seahawks (27-3) will play Mary Hardin-Baylor (25-5) on Friday in Salem, Va. St. Mary's senior guard James Davenport (Loyola) had a season-best 15 points plus five rebounds and three assists, and guard Nick LaGuerre (Lansdowne) added 14 points and six assists.
Women's college bowling: Former UMES coach Sharon Brummell was enshrined in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Friday in Norfolk, Va. Brummell was MEAC Coach of the Year five times and National Coach of the Year twice. She coached four national championship teams in 141/2 years.
College baseball: No. 12 Florida State (18-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held off Maryland (12-7, 2-4) for a 4-3 victory. For the Terps, Kyle Convissar (Severna Park) extended his hitting streak to four games with two hits and added a RBI to increase his team-high total to 19. The junior has now reached base in 16 straight games. K.J. Hockaday (John Carroll) added two hits.
Squash: Three Baltimore junior players won championships at the US Squash closed junior nationals in New Haven, Conn. Top seed Charlie East of Calvert School won the Boys Under-13 over Willie Ezratty of Greenwich, Conn., 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10. Second-seeded Caroline East of Roland Park, Charlie's sister, took the girls U-17 final against No. 1 seed Chloe Chemtob of Orlando, Fla., 2-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5. Top-seeded Casey Wong of Roland Park beat No. 2 Eleonore Evans of McDonogh, 7-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-3, 11-3, in the girls U-15 final. Roland Park senior Katie Tutrone won the girls sportsmanship award.
Women's pro soccer: Olivia Wagner scored in the 86th minute as the Washington Spirit of the new National Women's Soccer League won its first preseason game, 1-0, against Penn State in Germantown.
—From Sun staff and news services