The final three seconds felt like forever for the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland coach Brenda Frese wanted her Terrapins to send a reminder that they’re still playing too. They did just that by sending home an eight-time national champion and putting themselves a win away from a Final Four.
For 20 agonizing minutes, Alyssa Thomas had to rely on her teammates to keep Maryland from falling hopelessly behind Texas.
In the second half, Thomas returned the favor.
The game was nearly 11 minutes old, and upstart Army held a three-point lead over a Maryland team that spent most of the year in the top 10.
Sixty-one years of heated rivalries, heartbreaking defeats and unforgettable victories will come to an end Sunday for Maryland when the Terrapins play their final home game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak.
Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points, and Maryland defeated Wake Forest 71-60 Tuesday night to extend the Demon Deacons’ losing streak to six games.
Alexis Jones had 22 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and No. 7 Duke beat No. 8 Maryland 84-63 on Monday night.
Miami couldn’t overcome Maryland’s size advantage and dropped further in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
About 1,100 students are making their debut as freshmen at the University of Maryland in the new spring term under an unusual arrangement that delayed their admission until space opened up at College Park.
Dez Wells hadn’t missed a shot all night, and with the game tied and the clock winding down, Maryland’s leading scorer had no intention of finally clanging one off the rim.
It’s rare that the No. 8 team in the nation finds solace in defeat, let alone the second in a row following a 14-game winning streak.