No. 6 Women's Basketball
When this week started, Maryland was on the outside looking in in the Big Ten title race. Then No. 5 Ohio State lost in overtime at Minnesota. All of a sudden, Maryland simply had to win both of their games this week for a share of the Big Ten title. When the Buckeyes fell in triple overtime at Michigan State earlier this weekend, the Terrapins had a chance to have the title all to themselves. They took advantage by absolutely clobbering the Golden Gophers at home on senior day.
This is the second straight Big Ten Championship for Maryland women's basketball. They'll enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed and won't play until the quarterfinals on Friday.
Record this week: 2-0 (83-77 win over Wisconsin and a 110-77 win over Minnesota)
Record this season: (27-3, 16-2)
Grade for the week: A+. The Terps needed to win both of their games this week. They did, and now they are Big Ten Champions.
Title Chances: Maryland wins its second straight Big Ten Championship.
No. 1 Women's Lacrosse
The top-ranked Terrapins passed their first major test of the season by getting a hard-fought win in Chapel Hill against rival UNC. The Terps took a 4-1 lead into halftime and kept their cool when the Tar Heels went on a run to tie the game. After trading goals, Megan Whittle scored a sensational go-ahead game-winner with 3:39 left to play.
Whittle and Taylor Cummings continue to give UNC fits. They've combined to score six goals in three straight games against the Tar Heels. Freshman Megan Taylor was outstanding in the cage and made a statement in her quest to become the everyday goalie.
This team still has a lot of room for improvement, but this was a big win against a very good team in a very tough environment.
Record this week: 1-0 (8-7 win at No. 5 UNC)
Record this season: (3-0)
Grade for the week: A-. Maryland turned the ball over frequently and wasn't as sharp as they could have been. What matters is that they kept their composure and won a very tough and hard-fought game.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is the favorite to win the Big Ten title.
No. 4 Men's Lacrosse
The Terps went into halftime tied, 3-3, and trailed, 5-3, going into the fourth and final quarter. They lost this game in large part due to their 18 turnovers.
The Bulldogs managed to beat Maryland despite winning just three of the 16 faceoffs. Maryland had 33 ground balls to Yale's 13 and took 34 shots to Yale's 24. It was a disappointing loss because the Terrapins beat themselves and because they wasted an outstanding performance from Austin Henningsen, who won 13 of the 16 faceoffs and scooped up eight ground balls.
Record this week: 0-1 (8-5 loss at No. 7 Yale)
Record this season: (1-1)
Grade for the week: C. The Terps did well in many statistical categories but they turned the ball over far too often and lost because of it.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland was picked to finish second in the conference this season, but has a great chance to win the Big Ten.
The Terps were off last week, but they head to the Big Ten Championships next weekend.
Maryland gymnastics capped a grueling 10 days with their best performance of the season. The GymTerps competed four times over the 10 days, including a Monday meet at home against Penn State and a Friday meet at New Hampshire. This team responded in a big, big way. They were mistake-free at the GW tri-meet and didn't have a gymnast score under a 9.650. We're starting to see what this team might be capable of.
Record this week: 2-3 (196.350-195.350 loss to Penn State, 195.325-195.125 loss to New Hampshire, 196.025-195.475 win over Rutgers, 196.025-195.275 win over Towson and a 196.600-196.025 loss to GW)
Record this season: (4-8)
Grade for the week: A. The GymTerps' performance spoke volumes about their toughness, discipline, talent and mental makeup.
Title Chances: Zero.
Madison Martin pitched some absolute gems and Kyle Datil and Kristina Dillard had very good weekends at the plate, but the Terps were only able to win two of their five games over the course of the weekend. It was another disappointing weekend for Maryland, as the team continues to struggle with consistency. Through 15 games, the Terps have yet to put a winning streak together.
Record this week: 2-3 (3-2 win over Boston, 4-1 loss to Columbia, 4-2 loss to Columbia, 8-7 (11 innings) win over Florida Atlantic and 10-4 loss to Stony Brook)
Record this season: (5-10)
Grade for the week: D. For the third straight week, Maryland failed to win two games in a row.
Title Chances: Zero.
Track and Field
Women's track and field took ninth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Senior Chioma Onyekwere was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Micha Powell, Alexandra Lucki, Peyton Wade, Kayla Richardson and the 4x400 relay team all scored points for the Terrapins.
Maryland women's tennis hit the road this weekend and lost their first match against Penn. The Terrapins rarely lose the doubles point, but Penn was able to get the point and the 5-2 win. The Terps regrouped and took that frustration out on Rutgers, sweeping them 7-0. Maryland will host West Virginia and Northwestern next week.
Record this week: 1-1 (5-2 loss to Penn and a 7-0 win over Rutgers)
Record this season: (3-6, 1-0)
Grade for the week: B+. The loss to Penn was disappointing, but sweeping Rutgers is a great way to start Big Ten play.
Title Chances: Zero.