COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team will face Notre Dame in the Elite 8, for a chance to go to the Final Four on the line. Maryland was last in this position three years ago and they were stopped by a team with a Baltimore star: Angel McCoughtry and Louisville. Tuesday night, the Terps will face a similar scenario. Maryland faces the Fighting Irish at 9 p.m. in Raleigh.
Weijia Jiang has reaction from pumped-up fans.
The one question buzzing all around campus: will the Terps make it to the Final Four? The answer here is yes.
The Terps not only took the lead against defending national champs Texas A&M, they claimed a victory, clinching a spot in the NCAA Elite 8.
“It’s been crazy on campus. Everyone’s going crazy for the team,” said Matt Conrad.
On the College Park campus, the buzz is undeniable. Students are pumped up for Tuesday’s game against top-seeded Notre Dame.
“I think we’re going to win. I think we’re going to go all the way and we win the championship. I have a good feeling. It’s my senior year. Let’s go out with a bang,” said student Shannon Cooper.
Inside the student union, touching the golden turtle head is said to bring good luck. Many know it will take more than that to beat the Irish.
“We’re playing a tough Notre Dame team. They’re the number one seed and I think we could pull it out,” Conrad said.
Sophomore Alyssa Banks is shopping for the perfect gear to sport for the big game.
“It’s crazy that they could make to the Final Four,” she said.
Even off-campus, businesses are cashing in. Sports bars are expecting massive crowds to watch.
Party and celebrate, that’s what students are planning to do. Even though the game is away, there are many watch parties planned.
The last time the Lady Terps won the national title was in 2006.