A rough end to the season has put the Maryland Women’s Basketball team in a position they have never been before heading into March.
An unusual losing streak of three conference games, including a 19 point loss to Minnesota on the road, led to Maryland finishing the season with a 23-6 (12-4) record.
This marks the first time since joining the Big Ten, that Maryland did not win the the Big Ten Regular Season Championship. The Terrapins are stuck with the second seed in the Conference Tournament, and need to win it all in order to push for a top-three seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Terrapins will face the winner of #7 Indiana and #10 Michigan State at 6:30 p.m. in Indianapolis. The Spartans were one of the steams who gave Brenda Frese and her squad the toughest games this year, resulting in a home loss and road win for the Terrapins across those two games.
Along with the ends of the season came conference honors for Frese’s players as well. Kaila Charles was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, while Eleanna Christinaki and Kristen Confroy earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. Ieshia Small was also voted Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.
Christinaki has been a spectacular addition for the Terrapins. She has only been eligible since December, yet she received All-Big Ten honors. In just the second half of the season she has averaged 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The Junior from Greece has really set the stage for a big senior season next year.
Maryland will need to rally together, as they have fallen to 17th in the nation after their three-game losing streak. Making a statement and earning a high seed in the NCAA Tournament is a must in order to save this season.