The women’s basketball team is off to another good start. The ladies are currently ranked #15 in the AP poll with an 8-2 record after beating Loyola by 31 points last night. The team was ranked #8 before losing to #16 Pittsburgh over the weekend. Both of the Terps losses came to ranked opponents, but the 86-57 loss to Pittsburgh was especially bad. Coach Brenda Frese got on the team after that game, and the Terps used the loss as motivation to deliver a whooping to Loyola.
Maryland has benefited from balanced scoring, with four players averaging in double figures in points thus far. The team is led by senior point guard Kristi Toliver who has a deadly jumper and is averaging 15.3 pts/gm and 4.7 asst/gm, and senior Marissa Coleman who is averaging 15 pts/gm and 8.4 rb/gm at the three spot. Both players were on the 2006 National Championship team.
Like the men’s team, these Terps face a tough ACC schedule. UNC, Duke, and Virginia are all ranked, and all of them appear twice on the regular season schedule. Maryland seems a bit more vulnerable this year than in years past as shown by the bad loss to Pitt. They should be able to coast through the rest of their pre-ACC schedule, but I hope it isn’t too easy. The team will need to pick-up its intensity if they’re going to make a run at the ACC and keep playing deep into March.