Maryland women’s basketball preview


Coach Brenda Frese and the fifth-ranked Maryland Terrapins hope for a picture-perfect ending to this season, and that would come at the Final Four in New Orleans. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
November 5, 2012
Terrapins at a glance

What we know: Maryland has back four starters from a team that went 31-5 and came within a game of the Final Four. The fifth-ranked Terrapins were picked to finish second in the ACC behind Duke, which is plenty of motivation for the reigning conference tournament champions. The team will be tested early in nonconference play with road games against Connecticut, Nebraska and Delaware, all ranked in the top 18.

What we don’t know: Losing presumptive starting point guard Brene Moseley to a torn ACL during a preseason scrimmage was a damaging blow. How much impact that will have in the offensive flow depends on whether Laurin Mincy adjusts smoothly to becoming the primary ball-handler. Reigning ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas also has been playing point guard in spots.

Prediction: Maryland remains stocked with talent despite losing Moseley for the season. The Terrapins won’t have problems scoring or rebounding, but a lack of a deep bench may catch up with them come the NCAA tournament. Still, it’s safe to expect at least another trip to the region final.

— Gene Wang

Roster
# Name Yr. P Ht.
0 Sequoia Austin Jr. G 5-5
1 Laurin Mincy Jr. G 6-0
3 Brene Moseley So. G 5-7
4 Malina Howard Fr. C 6-3
5 Essence Townsend Sr. C 6-7
13 Alicia DeVaughn Jr. C 6-4
15 Chloe Pavlech Fr. G 5-9
21 Tianna Hawkins Sr. F 6-3
22 Tiffany Pfirman Fr. F 6-2
25 Alyssa Thomas Jr. F 6-2
40 Katie Rutan Jr. G 5-8
Schedule
November
9 Mount St. Mary’s 7
11 at Loyola (Md.) 7
17 at Saint Joseph’s 2
21 American 4
28 at Nebraska 8
December
3 at Connecticut 7
6 Virginia 7
8 George Mason 6
11 at Towson 7
20 at Delaware 7
28 Brown* Noon
29 UMES/Hartford* 4:30/7
January
3 at North Carolina 7
6 Florida State 1:30
10 Miami 7
13 at Virginia Tech 2
17 N.C. State 8:30
20 at Georgia Tech 3
24 North Carolina 8:30
27 at Clemson 5
February
3 Boston College 2
8 at Wake Forest 6:30
11 at Duke 7
14 Clemson 7
17 at Virginia 5
21 at Boston College 7
24 Duke 3
28 at Florida State 7
March
3 Wake Forest 7
7-10 ACC tournament TBD

* Terrapin Classic in College Park

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