In what was shaping up to be a comeback win for the 11th-ranked Terrapins, it ended in heartbreak as the Virginia Cavaliers got the best of them this time around, winning 60-57 Sunday afternoon at the Comcast Center.
Junior Anjale Barrett put up a panicked three at the end after the Terps (20-5, 6-4 ACC) got the ball back with 11.2 seconds left, after Virginia’s Whitney Edwards hit two clutch free throws. Barrett couldn’t find a shooter on the wings and was forced to shoot from a tough position. The shot clanged off the backboard, leading to a Virginia (14-13, 4-8 ACC) win and dropping the Terps for their second straight loss.
Donning their pink uniforms for breast cancer research and playing in front of an energized home court the Lady Terps started poorly, taking rushed shots and getting abused on the boards. Soon they found themselves down 10 points with a little over six minutes left in the first half. Alyssa Thomas and Diandra Tchatchouang kept Maryland in it, helping spark a run that put them down only 25-23 at the half.
Alyssa Thomas led the Terps with 14 points and eight boards, while Lynetta Kizer chipped in 12 and nine rebounds, but also coughed up a few costly turnovers throughout the game.
The second half was much more even, both teams trading buckets and the lead. Excitement grew throughout Comcast as the Terps took a three point lead with three minutes to go. But the young Maryland squad could not hold on for their seventh ACC win.
An emotional Brenda Frese addressed the fans as they left, thanking them for their support and calling for them to come out Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 for a monster of an ACC game against the #5 Duke Blue Devils.
Player of the Game: It seems that Alyssa Thomas is back to 100%. After a couple of slow games, still reeling from her back injury, she came on strong today, keeping the Terps in it early as the team struggled. She scored five of Maryland’s seven points and nearly put up another double double.