It's been two weeks since the University of Maryland women's basketball team scored three straight upsets to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
So, on the eve of the Terrapins' second-round NCAA Mideast regional playoff game at Ohio State Sunday at 2 p.m. (EST), the question is whether they still have the momentum.
The Terrapins (17-12) had a tumultuous regular season, finishing 6-8 in the conference, and it appeared Coach Chris Weller and her team were going to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year. But Maryland beat North Carolina State, sixth-ranked Virginia and 16th-ranked North Carolina in the ACC tournament, all of this despite starting three freshmen and a sophomore.
After a two-week layoff, Maryland will find out if the spark is still there.
"It's the first time this year we've had a two-week layoff," Weller said. "We would like to think we would continue to play the way we did in the tournament.
"It's a concern, but it's nothing we can control. We're just trying to prepare. There are too many things you can use as excuses if you lose."
The Terrapins are making their first NCAA appearance in two years and, along with 24 of the 40 teams selected, received a first-round bye.
"It's always exciting, but you can drive yourself crazy," Weller said.
The Terrapins drew the 13th-ranked Buckeyes (22-6), who Weller said have "a real tall perimeter game, and they shoot the ball well."
Other than that, Weller didn't have much to say about the Buckeyes. "We're preparing the same way we prepared for the ACC tournament. We're working on us. We didn't know enough about Ohio State. We want to play our game."
The Terrapins' style is fast-paced with quick ball movement on offense. Their lineup is relatively small, led by freshman guard Deana Tate, but forwards Chequita Wood and Vicky Bullett are aggressive inside.
If they advance, the Terrapins will play in Iowa City Thursday against the winner of the game between Louisiana State and Middle Tennessee. LSU (25-5) and Middle Tennessee (20-9) play Sunday at 3 p.m. (EST) in Baton Rouge, La. James Madison 71, Virginia 62
Betsy Witman had 19 points and Missy Dudley 16 as the Dukes (28-3) built a 33-22 halftime lead and coasted in a second-round game of the NCAA women's tournament in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers, who finished the season 26-3, got 20 points from Daphne Hawkins.