Atlantic Coast Conference
In its first foray into the NCAA women’s tournament, Quinnipiac didn’t take a bus trip south from Connecticut just to practice in a huge arena and serve as fodder for the home team.
Atlantic Coast Conference coaches are still reeling from the league’s poor representation in the NCAA Tournament.
Alyssa Thomas leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding and is second in scoring. Tianna Hawkins is first in scoring and trails only her Maryland teammate in boards.
Itoro Coleman knew that if her Clemson team wanted to have a chance to upset No. 7 Maryland it needed to shut down Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas.
Michael Snaer is making these last-second 3-pointers look routine.
Maryland got an added bonus with its sixth straight victory: revenge.
Mark Turgeon watched Maryland struggle in another close victory, and he had absolutely no complaints.
With Maryland struggling, Alyssa Thomas stepped up her game.
Miami avoided a letdown after its road win at North Carolina.
Alyssa Thomas was nursing an injured hand last season and had to watch as then-No. 8 Maryland lost 75-69 on its homecourt to Virginia Tech, the same undermanned Hokies team that won only six other games all season.
Maryland’s top players did their share, as expected. No one, however, could have anticipated a couple of freshmen making significant contributions in a runaway victory over No. 24 Miami.
Maryland’s 13-game winning streak was over, and coach Mark Turgeon paid homage to the man who victimized the Terrapins by scoring 15 straight points on dunks, follow shots, drives and free throws.