With the lady Terps set to start ACC play this Thursday at home against Wake Forest, and with this final calm before the storm that is the men’s conference schedule, now seemed like a good time to check in with the basketball program’s better half.
At the season’s midway point, Brenda Frese’s squad has a record similar to their male counterparts…12-2 to the guys’ 11-2. Their one key numerical difference, of course, is their rankings, with the women at 14 in this week’s AP poll, while the men, well, you know. (That’s what actually making the tournament will do for you, ahem, Gary Williams.) The lady Terps are keyed by two senior stars: point guard Kristi Tolliver and forward Marissa Coleman. Together, they account for 40% of the team’s points and 57% of its assists. But wait, there’s more. Junior Demauria Liles and freshman powerhouse Lynetta Kizer are great complements to Coleman underneath. Together, the three average more than 24 boards a game. Insert your own Braxton Dupree joke here.
They may not generate the interest (or the drama) that the men do, but the stats will show you that the lady Terps are the better program right now by a sizable distance. With Carolina (#2), Duke (#5), Virginia (#15), and Georgia Tech (#22) all ranked right now, it’s going to be another knock-down, drag-out season. Best of luck to the lady Terps in their quest to get back to the championship podium.
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