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The Women's Half of a Busy Day: WBB's Season Ends in the Sweet 16; Softball Splits with FSU; LAX Runs Their Unbeaten String to 13

The Maryland women’s basketball season came to a crashing halt today in Bridgeport the Connecticut Huskies thoroughly dominated the Terps by a final score of 76-50. Things looked good early for Maryland as Alicia DeVaughn hit a three pointer from the top of the circle to open the scoring and put Maryland in front for one of four leads they would hold in the opening five minutes. Chloe Pavlech also got into the act early on making a three pointer of her own A jumper from Tianna Hawkins with fifteen and a half minutes left put Maryland up 10-8. This would be their last lead. UConn hit back to back three pointers but Katie Rutan answered with one of her own to pull thet Terps back within one at the first media time out. The Huskies ran off seven straight coming out of the break including their third consecutive three point jump shot. Rutan ended the run with another three and the Terrapins closed to within three at 23-20 on an Alyssa Thomas lay up with just over seven minutes to go. The Terps went cold from the field and the Huskies ran off ten in a row to go up 33-20. A Lay up from DeVaughn brought Maryland within 12 with 41 seconds to go followed by a sequence that had the potential to turn the game around. The officials, who had allowed significant contact to that point, missed an obvious and hard foul on Hawkins’s block of Kelly Faris’s shot and Gino Auriemma was called for a technical foul. Thomas hi one of two free throws and Hawkins hit a jumper from the top of the key to pull Maryland within nine at the break. Maryland did a solid job defensively holding the Huskies to 39 percent shooting. However, they shot only 30 percent themselves.

Although Maryland started the half with possession, Connecticut started the scoring putting together another run this time, 9-0, to double their halftime margin. The Terps would come no closer than 14 and that was before the first media time out. UConn was simply too efficient on the offensive end of the floor - frequently beating the Terrapin defense for easy lay ups and open jumpers - for the Terps to ever put together a run to challenge the Huskies who shot 58% from the floor in the second half. In addition to shooting poorly, Maryland failed to succeed in areas they typically used as part of their winning formula. Connecticut out rebounded Maryland 41-36 marking only the second time this season the Terps failed to win the battle on the boards. The Terps also managed only 7 assists. Coming into the game Maryland had averaged almost 18 per game although they only managed 19 baskets. Alicia DeVaughn led the Terps with 11 rebounds and Tianna Hawkins finished her Terrapin career 11 points and eight rebounds.

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Over at Taylor Stadium, the news for the softball team was mixed as they split a double header with the Florida State Seminoles taking the opener 5-4 with a late rally and dropping the nightcap in a 13-1 run rule loss. The Terps opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when freshman shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser bombed a home run onto Paint Branch Drive. The Seminoles tied the game in the top of the second and took the lead scoring two in the top of the fourth off freshman starter Maddie Martin. The visitors extended their lead to 4-1 with a lead off home run in the top of the fifth that just cleared the fence in right center. FSU held that lead into the bottom of the seventh but a gritty Terrapin team would mount a last at bat come back. Corey Schwarz got things started with a one out single to left. Melissa Mancuso, this week’s honored senior, followed with a single down the left field line. After a pop out to second, Sara Acosta was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Back to back walks to Schmeiser and Shannon Bustillos pulled the Terps within one at 4-3. With Nikki Maier at the plate, the first pitch got past FSU’s catcher and Acosta scored to tie things up and when the throw back got past the pitcher, Schmeiser came in to score in a bit of heady base running and seal the win for Maryland.

The Terrapins were unable to show any such late foot in the second game as the Seminoles exploded for nine runs in the top of the third and added four more in the fifth. Maryland’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third on an illegal pitch. The loss ended a six game winning streak for Maryland and dropped them to 4-1 in league play and 17-16 overall. The Terps take on the Seminoles in the rubber game of the series Sunday at noon.

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Over at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, the women’s lacrosse team ran its record to a perfect 13-0 in the first of four consecutive home games with a 15-10 win over a hot University of Pennsylvania team. Maryland got on the board early. Katie Schwarzmann controlled the draw and the Terps worked the ball around patiently Kelly McPartland found an opening on the right side and scored unassisted. Schwarzmann again controlled the draw and eventually created a free position opportunity for herself. Her shot hit the post but caromed right to Beth Glaros who scored easily. Maryland extended their lead to 3-0 when Alex Aust scored the first of her six goals with a strong dodge from behind the net. Just over two minutes later, Schwarzmann would take a flip pass from Aust and make a strong dodge through the Quaker’s defense to put the Terps up 4-0. Schwarzmann again controlled the draw and made on of her patented lightning attacks down the field but the Penn goalie was up to the task and made the save. Although the Terrapin defense forced Penn’s goalie nearly to midfield the Quakers eventually succeeded in clearing the ball and made their first foray into the offensive zone just over eight minutes into the game. Goalie Kasey Howard saved Penn’s first shot but the Terps failed to clear and Howard came up with another save but the Quakers retained possession and scored to pull within three. Penn drew a yellow card on Maryland’s next possession and it took Schwarzmann about 30 seconds to capitalize and push the lead to 5-1. Following a Maryland turnover Penn scored on a strong attack at the goal and picked up a yellow card on Megan Douty. After an exchange of turnovers, Maryland held the ball for a long possession that was extended when Aust used a great burst of speed to beat a Penn defender to the sideline when Brooke Griffin’s shot sailed high. Aust was rewarded for her hustle when she found the net ten seconds later. Just twelve seconds after scoring her second goal, Aust took a pass from freshman Taylor Cummings off her draw control and quickly found the back of the net to extend Maryland’s lead to 7-2. The Terps continued their run on a free position goal off the crosse of Beth Glaros, a Kirsten Lamon goal on an assist from Aust, and a free position pass from Schwarzmann to Aust for an easy goal and a 10-2 Terrapin lead. But Penn would not fold scoring three straight to end the half including a shot that just beat the halftime buzzer.

The second half was mostly a back and forth affair with the Terps unable to open any distance and the Quakers unable to significantly dent the Maryland lead. Continuing their momentum from the first half, Penn scored first on a free position shot just over 3 minutes in to close to within four at 10-6. The defense took over for the next seven minutes though the Terps failed to take advantage of a free position opportunity when Penn’s goalie came up with a big save. Eventually Cummings would create a Penn turnover, pick up the ground ball and find a streaking Schwarzmann who scored to take the lead back to five but Penn would bounce back again chopping the lead to 11-7. Aust and McPartland followed by scoring the only back to back goals for either squad in the half as Maryland took a 13-7 lead. The Terps again failed to open real distance as a Schwarzmann shot hit the post and Lamon missed wide on a free position. The Quakers finally took advantage and scored to bring their deficit back to five. Aust would score on an assist from Cummings with 1:48 left in the game but again Penn would give Maryland a dose of their own medicine scoring off the draw in just 12 seconds making the score 14-9. Brookee Griffin scored an unassisted goal with 45 seconds left and Penn would again follow with a goal on a free position shot with just 17 seconds remaining for the final margin. The Terps have the week off before third ranked North Carolina comes to College Park on April sixth.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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