No. 5 Women's Basketball
Maryland women's basketball dominated the Big Ten Tournament. After trailing at the half against No. 19 Michigan State, the Terps used runs late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter to pull away and win by 16. For the second straight season, Maryland women's basketball has swept the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
Record this week: 3-0 (75-55 win over Iowa, 83-62 win over Northwestern and a 60-44 win over No. 19 Michigan State)
Record this season: (30-3, 16-2)
Grade for the week: A+. The Terps took care of business as the No. 1 seed and won their second straight Big Ten Tournament title.
Title Chances: Maryland won its second straight Big Ten tournament title.
No. 1 Women's Lacrosse
Maryland women's lacrosse ran roughshod over Hofstra this week. Nine different players scored. Kacie Longo, Megan Whittle, Zoe Stukenberg and Taylor Cummings all scored hat tricks against the Pride. The Terps are about to play three straight ranked teams over the next few weeks and they are all on the road.
Record this week: 1-0 (20-5 win at home vs. Hofstra)
Record this season: (4-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Nine different players scored for the Terps, who probably played their most complete game of the season against Hofstra.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is the favorite to win the Big Ten title.
No. 9 Men's Lacrosse
Maryland played step for step with the top-ranked Fighting Irish in front of a sold-out crowd in California, but the Terps failed to score over the game's final 10:51 and lost, 9-4, to Notre Dame. Maryland hustled, picking up 30 ground balls, but couldn't get into a rhythm offensively. Notre Dame took nine of the 17 face-offs, and sophomore Mikey Wynne might have played the best game of his Fighting Irish career on Saturday night against Maryland. One issue that must get addressed is the turnovers. Maryland turned it over 21 times on Saturday night. You can't turn the ball over that many times and expect to beat great teams.
Record this week: 0-1 (9-4 loss vs. No. 1 Notre Dame)
Record this season: (1-2)
Grade for the week: C+. The Terps were tied with top-ranked Notre Dame going into the fourth quarter, but were held scoreless for almost the entire final 11 minutes of the game.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland was picked to finish second in the conference this season, but has a great chance to win the Big Ten.
Maryland beat the Vols in a high-scoring affair, but lost a game they should have won to No. 16 East Carolina. Ahead 2-0 in the sixth inning, the Terps allowed the Pirates to tie the game in the sixth and then tack on one run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Maryland couldn't overcome the two-run deficit and lost. A win would have boosted Maryland's ranking, RPI and tournament resume. The Terps will have to improve and hold down leads if they want to advance past the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
Record this week: 2-1 (10-9 win over Tennessee, 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana and a 4-3 loss to No. 16 East Carolina)
Record this season: (5-5)
Grade for the week: B+. Getting a win over Tennessee is nice, but a win over ranked East Carolina was within Maryland's grasp.
Title Chances: 4. Maryland will have a good chance to win the Big Ten this season.
In 2015, Maryland wrestling finished in last place at the Big Ten Championships with 10.5 points, the third-worst score at the Big Tens in the last 30 years. In 2016, the Terps couldn't even reach that paltry total. Maryland finished in last place for the second year in a row, this time with a meager 7.5 points. In their two seasons in the Big Ten, the Terps already have the second and fourth-worst scores in the last three decades at the Big Ten Championships.
Maryland gymnastics celebrated senior day with the Maryland Five meet. Texas Woman's University, Yale, Pitt and GW all made their way to College Park. The GymTerps did not perform at a high level. Ranked GW beat the Terps for the second week in a row by an even larger margin, proving that this team has work to do if they want to become a stable and consistent top-25 program.
Record this week: 3-1 (194.700-193.475 win over Pitt, a 194.700-193.575 win over Texas Woman's University, a 194.700-192.275 win over Yale and a 195.725-194.700 loss to GW)
Record this season: (7-9)
Grade for the week: D. Maryland took a step back on Sunday. The judging was inconsistent all day, but the Terps failed to keep pace with GW. This was not a good score for Maryland.
Title Chances: Zero.
When I talked to Maryland softball head coach Julie Wright earlier this week, she said that the team's biggest weakness is their inconsistency. That showed this weekend. Maryland lost three straight and had to mount a comeback in order to beat Columbia. This could be a rough season if the Terps don't get those issues straightened out.
Record this week: 1-3 (5-4 loss to Georgetown, 11-2 (6) loss to Monmouth, 9-7 loss to GW and a 5-4 win over Columbia)
Record this season: (6-13)
Grade for the week: F. If you lose to Georgetown and get mercy-ruled by Monmouth, you get an F.
Title Chances: Zero.
Track and Field
The Terps were off this week, but both Micha Powell and Chioma Onyekwere will be heading to the NCAA Indoor Championships next week.
Maryland took a positive step forward by beating West Virginia, but ran into a buzzsaw in No. 42 Northwestern. The Terps had to fight for every single point and every single game. This team isn't at full strength since Arnelle Sullivan is still healing from her ankle injury, but from what we saw on Sunday, this team will continue to compete at a good level.
Record this week: 1-1 (5-2 win over No. 75 West Virginia and a 6-1 loss to No. 42 Northwestern)
Record this season: (4-7, 1-1)
Grade for the week: B-. Maryland battled hard, but got beat by a very good Northwestern squad.
Title Chances: Zero.