I'm not well-versed in women's basketball as I am in men's basketball, but I do think this season has to be described as disappointing for the Lady Terps. Last night, they lost to Miami - not that big of a deal, except it was in the Comcastle, where they hadn't lost in 48 straight games.
The significance of the stunning victory was not lost on Miami coach Katie Meier, whose team had just ended Maryland's 48-game home winning streak in dramatic fashion.
"This isn't a big win unless Maryland's Maryland," Meier said. "We absolutely know what kind of program this is, and we have a ton of respect for that home winning streak. I'm honored that we were the team that snapped it."
Riquna Williams made two 3-pointers in the final minute, including the game-winner with 2.4 seconds left, to give the Hurricanes an 80-77 victory Thursday night. It marked the first time Maryland lost at Comcast Center since falling to Duke on Feb. 18, 2007.
This isn't meant to be a negative or sky is falling kind of post - we knew Maryland would struggle without Marissa Coleman and Kristi Tolliver - but I do feel its notable that this ridiculous streak is finally, unfortunately broken. While I"m here, I might as well note that Brenda Frese's squad is 14-5, just 2-3 in conference, with no really impressive wins yet. And that's not normal.
Like I said above, I don't feel comfortable attempting analysis of women's basketball, but be warned: this team isn't their usual self. There's a reason for that, though: they're ungodly young. Brenda's still a great recruiter. It won't be long before Maryland is back on the top of the ACC, but this one may not be a year to remember.
If anyone else knows more about women's hoops (I can think of at least two people who should), we'd appreciate any commentary you're willing to offer.