Great Teams and Great Moments define Maryland women's basketball since it earned varsity distinction in the 1970s, rising quickly among the nation's elite and maintaining excellence nearly 30 years later. The biggest moment in the program's history is winning the National Championship in 2006.
Two eras mark the history of Maryland women's basketball. For 30 years, Chris Weller had been synonymous with the Terrapins, beginning with her legacy first as a player in the mid-1960s, only to return later as an assistant coach, and eventually, a head coach until her retirement in 2002. The Weller Era was marked by NCAA Tournaments, collegiate milestones and perennial national rankings.
The Brenda Frese Era began in April 2002 and the Terrapins were quickly reshaped into a national powerhouse, claiming the program's first national title in 2006. Frese has put Maryland back on the map with some of the best talent in the nation donning the Terrapin uniform.
Here is a chronological look at highlights - great moments - in Terrapin history.
• 1 National Title
• 5 Final Four Appearances (4 NCAA, 1 AIAW)
• 28 National Tournament Appearances
• 10 ACC Championships
• 4 30-Win Seasons
• 20 20-Win Seasons
• 5 Olympians
• 8 All-Americans
• 1 Rhodes Scholar
Maryland wins its first state championship with a 46-43 victory over Morgan State.
The Terps wind their way to the second of three state titles, finishing 11-6 in the final season under Dottie McKnight. Perhaps most notable was the first-ever women's basketball game ever to be televised on Jan. 26 from Cole Field House. Maryland lost to defending national champion Immaculata.
The 1975-76 season is best known as the beginning of the "Chris Weller Era." Maryland successfully defends its state championship and finishes fourth in the EAIAW Regionals in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Terps go 20-4 in Weller's first season with an 18-2 regular season marred only by a pair of one-point losses.
Maryland receives its first national ranking on Nov. 25 with a No. 15 billing by the Associated Press. The Terps would finish in the No. 16 spot at season's end, but not after a 17-6 final record and fourth-place finish in the EAIAW Regionals. Maryland downs Virginia 79-67 on Feb. 11 to mark the beginning of the Terrapins' second-longest series in history. Jane Zivalich becomes the first Terp chosen for the U.S. Select Team.
The Terps register their best season to date, with numerous "firsts." Maryland captures the first of its now unprecedented eight ACC championships, earns a second-place finish in the EAIAW Tournament and finishes sixth in the final AP poll. The Terps beat UCLA and Olympian Ann Myers, 92-88 on Jan. 4 in a preview to the eventual national title bout. In the midst of an 11-game win streak to open the season and a 117-47 win over Duke, Maryland grabs a still-standing record 29 steals on Jan. 14. Maryland bests No. 2 NC State 89-82 on Feb. 11 to win the ACC title, and Tara Heiss establishes what is still the school mark for single game assists with 17 against Rutgers on Feb. 28. Weller's upset magic continues with a win over No. 1 ranked Tennessee on March 17 and a win over Southern Connecticut sends the Terps to the first-ever AIAW Final Four. Maryland downs Wayland Baptist on March 23 to win its first game in Final Four history. On March 25 a record crowd of 9,351 and national television audience on NBC Sports World watch host UCLA defeat the Terps 90-74 at Pauley Pavilion for the national championship.
The Terps capture their second straight ACC title and reach the AIAW National Tournament for the second straight season. Maryland achieves its highest national ranking on Nov. 25 with a spot in the No. 2 position. The Terps down NC State in Raleigh on Feb. 10 to claim their second ACC banner. Maryland finishes 22-7 and ends the campaign with a No. 8 national ranking.
Kris Kirchner logs her name in the Terp record book with a modest 15-point effort against Seton Hall on Feb. 29. Its significance is her contribution to 1,351 points to establish a Maryland career record. Maryland captures its first EAIAW Regional Tournament title with a 79-70 win over Rutgers on March 8. Jane Zivalich is named a Rhodes Scholar finalist and the Terps advance to the AIAW quarterfinals. Maryland finishes with a No. 6 national ranking and a 21-9 record for its third straight 20-win season. Tara Heiss is named to the 1980 U.S. Olympic squad.
Maryland continues its prominence in the EAIAW Regional, advancing to the title game for the fourth straight season. A 64-63 win over emerging rival NC State on Feb. 14 helps the Terps capture the ACC crown for the third time in its first four years of existence, and finish with a No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press poll. A trip to the national tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., results in a win over Kentucky and a loss to the homestanding Volunteers.
NCAA Final Four
"Four" becomes a magical number to Chris Weller and her crew as the Terps win 25 times to advance to their second Final Four - this time it is the first NCAA Final Four just four years after appearing in the national title game in the first-ever AIAW Final Four. The Terps capture their fourth ACC title with a 93-81 win over Clemson on Feb. 28. The Terps earn the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional and defeat Stanford 82-48 in Cole Field House to mark the campus' first NCAA Tournament game on March 14. The Terps trek west for a win over Missouri on March 19, and Drake two days later to earn a trip to their second Final Four. Cheyney State upends Maryland 76-66 to end the season on March 26, but not without a No. 3 billing in the final AP poll marking the highest finish in Maryland history.
NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Maryland tops Rutgers 83-66 on Jan. 26 to run its school record win streak to 16 games to open the season. NC State knocks the Terps from the ranks of unbeaten on Jan. 29, though only five weeks later the Terrapins earn revenge by downing the Wolfpack 84-81 for their fifth ACC crown on March 6. Maryland earns the No. 3 seed in the East Region and defeats Central Michigan on March 19 in an opening-round game. Maryland eventually falls to Old Dominion in the regional semifinal and ends the year with a No. 7 national ranking. The Terps conclude the season as the NCAA leaders in field goal percentage statistics, behind the strength of Kodak All-American Jasmina Perazic - Maryland's first to be so honored.
NCAA First Round
The Terps fail to win 20 games for the first time in three seasons, but record at least 19 for the seventh straight year. Maryland is ranked 17th in the final AP poll and earns a No. 6 seed in the NCAA East Region.
NCAA First Round
Success and championships return after just a one-year hiatus. The Terps enter the ACC Tournament as an underdog, yet win their sixth title, defeating NC State, Virginia and North Carolina. Deanna Tate is named MVP of the tournament after downing the Tar Heels 90-74 on March 3. Maryland accepts a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Mideast Region, and suffers an opening round loss to Ohio State.
NCAA Elite Eight
And back come the Terps again. Not to be denied an ACC title for more than a season at a time, Maryland goes 26-6 overall and never loses in 13 home contests. The Terps take a four-game win streak into the ACC Tournament where they down Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia, and claim a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Mideast Region. Deanna Tate wins her second straight tourney MVP award as the Terrapins hold off the Cavaliers, 76-70 on March 7 for their seventh conference crown. They run their streak to nine games with an 81-66 victory over Ohio State in the regional semifinal on March 24. The Terps fall to Auburn in a bid for a third Final Four, but finish 26-6 and return to national prominence. Maryland finishes eighth in the final poll released by USA Today, and ninth by AP. Junior Vicky Bullett breaks Maryland's all-time scoring and rebounding marks with still a year to play, and stars for the U.S. Olympic team during August 1988. She wins a gold medal in the Summer Games while averaging 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in five games.
NCAA Final Four
Maryland's most successful season? Perhaps. Vicky Bullett and Deanna Tate both earn Kodak All-America honors as the Terps embark on an all-time best 29-3 record. Included in the mark was another perfect home record, 12-0, which ran Maryland's Cole Field House win streak to 27. On March 5, Maryland defeats Virginia 89-66 to win its 17th consecutive game, a new school record. The Terps won four more games to establish the existing school mark of 21 straight victories. The 18th win of the streak, March 6 against NC State, secures an eighth ACC title. Bullett is named the league's player of the year as Maryland enters the NCAA West Region as the No. 1 seed. Maryland notches win 19 of the streak on March 18 against Bowling Green with a 73-68 opening round win at Cole Field House. The streak grows to 21 with a 79-71 win over Texas on its home floor on March 25, earning the Terps a trip to their third Final Four. On ESPN in a national semifinal on March 31, Maryland watches its season and its streak wind to a close with a 77-65 loss to Tennessee.
NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Maryland reaches its third straight NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 record. Maryland wins its first home game against George Mason on Nov. 29 to run its record home court win streak to 28 games before falling on Dec. 6 to defending national champ Tennessee. Dafne Lee helps the Terps to an 85-84 overtime win over Wake Forest to begin a four-game win streak heading into the ACC Tournament. In the process, she scores 39 points against the Deamon Deacons to tie the school record. On Feb. 16, Maryland earns a No. 6 seed in the NCAA East Region and downs Appalachian State 100-71 for its final win on March 14 at Cole Field House.
NCAA First Round
Maryland wins five straight games at mid-season to help in building a 17-13 mark and earn a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Mideast Region. Maryland advances to the ACC semifinals with a 91-73 win over Georgia Tech.
NCAA Elite Eight
One of the Terps' most exciting seasons saw Maryland finish 25-6 in 1991-92, including the first No. 1 ranking in school history and a Cole Field House sellout crowd of 14,500 to watch No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Virginia. Prior to that historic, No. 3 Maryland downs top-ranked Virginia 67-65 in Charlottesville on Jan. 15 to mark the second time in history that the Terps had beaten a No. 1 team. The win catapults the Terps to their first-ever No. 1 ranking on Jan. 21, a post they would hold for four weeks. Maryland wins its first five games to defend the ranking and runs its win streak to 11 games overall to set up a Virginia rematch on Feb. 11 at Cole Field House. The Cole sellout still is the largest ACC crowd in history and one of the largest in collegiate women's history. Maryland exits the ACC Tournament after an opening round upset by Georgia Tech, and bows to Western Kentucky in the Mideast Regional finals. The Terps end the season ranked eighth in both national polls, and Chris Weller is a consensus pick as national coach of the year.
A distinctive era comes to a close in the 2001-02 season, as 27-year head coach Chris Weller (499-286, .636) says goodbye to Maryland and Cole Field House closes its doors as the home of Terrapin women's basketball. On Feb. 21, with a 66-54 loss to NC State, the Terrapins celebrate their 28 years of memorable moments and championship history in Cole Field House. Weller officially announces her retirement from Maryland on March 5 after celebrating the ACC Tournament's 25th anniversary and the Terps' league-leading eight titles.
A new era begins as Maryland women's basketball moves to its new home at Comcast Center with a new mentor at the helm in Brenda Frese. The Terps will forever hold the distinction of playing the first-ever basketball game, men's or women's, at the new facility hosting Loyola on Nov. 22, a game which Maryland won, 80-72. Renneika Razor scores the first basket en route to the Terps victory. Maryland breaks 100 points for the first time since 1993, when they downed UMES, 102-31, on Dec. 1. In Maryland's 69-58 loss at Virginia on Jan. 19, Razor becomes the 20th Terp in school history to break the 1,000-point barrier, ending her career ranked 16th all-time amassing 1,163 points. A crowd of 5,078 are in attendance for Maryland's thrilling 74-72 win over NC State on Feb. 1. It was the largest crowd since 1996 when No. 9 Virginia came to town. Razor ends her career with second team All-ACC honors, the highest honor given to a Terp since 1998.
NCAA Second Round
In what was supposed to be another rebuilding year, the Terps win the most games since the 1996-97 campaign and finish in a tie for third place in the ACC, the best showing since that same year. Maryland equals its conference win total from the previous two years, combined, earning an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in three years. Led by a couple of high school All-Americans, Shay Doron opens the season making an NCAA record-tying 23 free throws vs. Coppin State on Nov. 21.She goes on to break the school's single-season mark. A Comcast Center record 13,446 come out for the home regular-season finale vs. No. 4 Duke on Feb. 22 which is televised on ESPN2. The record is also the second-largest crowd for a women's basketball game in ACC history. After a 62-47 win over Florida State on March 6, the Terps advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to face the Blue Devils and fall short of the upset, 70-63, on March 7. The Terps are selected the 12th seed in the West Region and go on to win their first NCAA tourney game in 12 years when they upset Miami (Fla.), 86-85, on March 21. Three Terps earn ACC postseason honors. Doron leads the way with third team nods becoming the first rookie in school history to earn All-ACC honors. Kalika France also becomes the first freshman Terp to be named Honorable Mention All-ACC while Delvona Oliver earns the recognition for the first time in her career. Doron (first team) and Oliver (second team) are also selected to the ACC All-Tournament team. By year's end, Doron and France lead the team in scoring, the first time a pair of Terp rookies has done so.
NCAA Second Round
The Terps earn a No. 23 preseason ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Boasting the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation, the Terps win the most games since 1992-93, while making its second-straight trip to the ACC semifinals and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After opening the season at 5-1, the Terps crack the AP's top 20 on Dec. 6, their first top-20 ranking in 11 years. On Jan. 9, Maryland tops No. 5/4 North Carolina, 92-77, its first victory over a top-five team since 1992. The Terps jump to No. 15 in the AP poll after the victory. Shay Doron scores a school-record tying 39 points on Jan. 16 at Florida State, but the Terps fall in overtime, 95-91. Jan. 25 marks the 30th anniversary of the first-ever nationally televised women's basketball game which featured the Terps and Immaculata. On Feb. 3 head coach Brenda Frese records her 100th-career victory with an 84-67 win over Georgia Tech. Maryland sets a Comcast Center attendance record for the second-consecutive year on Feb. 12, as 17,243 fans turn out for the Terps' clash vs. Duke, also setting the all-time ACC women's basketball single-game attendance mark. Crystal Langhorne scores 29 points and grabs 22 rebounds at Miami on Feb. 17, the first 20-rebound game in school history since 1980. Langhorne then sets a new freshman-class school record, netting 33 points in the regular-season finale on Feb. 28. The Terps upset No. 19 NC State on March 5 to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second year in a row. Comcast Center plays host to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, as seven teams travel to College Park for the first and second rounds. Frese earns her 50th win at Maryland as the Terps advance to the second round for the second-straight year with a win over UW-Green Bay on March 20. Crystal Langhorne was named ACC Rookie of the Year and second team All-ACC, the highest-honored freshman in school history. Shay Doron was selected first team All-ACC, Kodak/WBCA Regional All-American and Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. At year's end, Langhorne set the freshman-class scoring and rebounding records, while Doron set the sophomore class mark for points. The Terps ended the year ranked 24th in the nation, the first time Maryland has been ranked in the final poll in 12 years.
The Terrapins boasted a roster stacked with six former high-school All-Americans and eight Gatorade Players of the Year, however, they were considered a long shot. Ranked 14th in both the preseason Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, Maryland rose to become the No. 1 team in the nation under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Brenda Frese, capturing the program's first NCAA title and posting the most wins - men's or women's - in school history (34). The Terps led the nation in 3-point shooting (.400) and rebounding margin (+11.9 rpg). Its final No. 1 ranking by the coaches was the first in school history. The milestones and records came early. In the home opener vs. Xavier on Nov. 20, Shay Doron became the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points, the fastest Terrapin to reach the milestone to that point. Rated in the top 10 for the first time in over a decade, the Terps registered a convincing defeat of 2005 NCAA finalist and 10th-ranked Michigan State on Nov. 25. Coupled with the win and near upset of perennial powerhouse and No. 1-ranked Tennessee on Nov. 26, Maryland moved up to No. 6 and cruised through December with a spotless record. Winning the Terrapin Classic for the seventh time, Doron garnered Most Valuable Player honors. The Terrapins opened the ACC slate with its first of six overtime games of the season at Boston College on Jan. 5. The second-largest crowd in ACC history came out to Comcast Center to support the Terps vs. rival and second-ranked Duke on Jan. 8, but the Blue Devils snapped the Terrapins' 10-game win streak with a decisive 86-68 win. Maryland regrouped, putting together another string of eight wins, including three more overtime victories, capped by the stunning triumph and upset of top-ranked North Carolina on Feb. 9 at Carmichael Auditorium, snapping the Tar Heel's 30-game win streak on their home court and handing them their first loss of the season. Ashleigh Newman hit one of the more memorable shots of the season, picking up a loose ball and sending the shot from just over half court to send the game into overtime. The Terps earned a No. 4 ranking and, in the 89-63 thumping of Clemson on Feb. 23, Crystal Langhorne became the 22nd 1,000-point scorer in school history, becoming the fastest Terp to do so (60 games), breaking Doron's record. A win over second-ranked Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on March 4, snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Blue Devils. It also put the Terps in the finals for the first time in 13 years. UNC, on the other hand, was also looking for revenge, defeating the Terps, 90-81, on March 5 to claim the conference crown. In the final AP poll, Maryland was ranked No. 3 in the nation, its best final ranking in the poll since 1993. The NCAA Tournament bracket was announced on March 13 and the Terps received their highest seeding since 1993. Tabbed the second seed in the Albuquerque Region, Maryland cruised to a victory over Sacred Heart on March 19, but struggled to put away an up-and-coming St. John's squad, pulling out an 84-71 win on March 21, advancing passed the second round for the first time since 1992. The Terrapins faced Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen and quickly disposed of the defending champions, 82-63, on March 25, and earned a spot in the Elite Eight. Langhorne had her second-straight 30-point outing. Looking to punch their ticket to their first Final Four since 1989, the Terrapins were struck with a stomach virus which filtered through most of the players, staff, band members and fans. Gutting it out, a determined Terrapin squad forced their fifth overtime game of the year after Utah missed a key free throw in the final seconds. Maryland dominated in the extra five minutes winning 75-65 on March 27. Kristi Toliver, who had been struck with the illness the night before, netted a career-high 28 points and was voted to the all-tournament team. Langhorne was the region's Most Outstanding Player. In Boston, Maryland faced a familiar foe - the top overall No. 1 seed North Carolina and the favorite to win the championship. The Terrapins had other plans, pulling off the upset, once again, winning 81-70, on April 4. In their first-ever trip to the NCAA Finals, Maryland faced its recent nemesis. Trailing 13 points with less than 15 minutes remaining, the Terrapins mounted their comeback, tying the second-largest in NCAA history. Toliver hit one of the biggest shots in tournament history with seconds remaining in regulation, a three-pointer over Duke's center, to force the overtime. The Terps, believing that "Overtime is Our Time," did not have a doubt in the eventual outcome, as they hoisted the trophy on April 4. Laura Harper was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, while Toliver again earned all-tournament nods. The postseason honors were plentiful. Langhorne was the program's first All-American (AP and USBWA) since 1989, also earning first team All-ACC nods. Doron and Marissa Coleman were second team all-conference honorees, with Coleman becoming the second-straight Terrapin to win the ACC's Rookie of the Year award after a school-record tying five conference rookie of the week selections.
NCAA Second Round
Coming off its national championship run and with all five starters returning, Maryland earned its first preseason No. 1 ranking in school history in both the AP and ESPN/Coaches polls and remained in that position for 10 weeks. For the second-consecutive year, the Terps led the nation in rebounding margin (+14.3), while also recording the best assists-per-game average in the nation (18.3). Opening the season on the road and challenged by a talented Middle Tennessee State squad who was looking for an upset, the season began with an 80-76 victory on Nov. 10. From there, the Terps won their next 17 games, setting a new school record for best start to a season (18-0). It also extended its overall win streak to 24 games, dating back to the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, also a new school record. In the midst of that streak, the Terps reached the 100-point plateau four times, including a 110-79 victory on Nov. 25 to win the Junkanoo Jam. The home opener against George Mason on Nov. 12 proved to be one of the highlights of the season as the national championship banner is unveiled. In the 105-44 thrashing of UC-Santa Barbara on Dec. 2, Marissa Coleman posted the first triple-double in school history, also becoming the 11th player in the ACC to accomplish that feat. The ACC opener against NC State on Jan. 3 is win number 20, the third-straight 20-win season. Their 111-53 win at Miami on Jan. 10 was the most points the Terps had scored in a conference game since 1980 and was also the largest margin of victory in an ACC game ever. During the year, two three-point shooting records go down. In the Dec. 29 win over UNC Greensboro in the Terrapin Classic, Maryland's 12 threes is a new school record. Ashleigh Newman's 6-for-7 performance from three-point range against the Hurricanes is a new field goal percentage record (.857) which has stood since 1989, but it was quickly broken four games later on Jan. 25 at Clemson when Kristi Toliver was perfect on six tries. The Terrapins stun a national television audience on CBS, routing No. 19 Michigan State by 40 points on Jan. 6. The win over the Spartans also marks the first time the Terps have swept the non-conference regular season schedule. On Jan. 28, the first sell out in Comcast Center and the first since 1992 sets a new single-game ACC record. The record is matched on Senior Night on Feb. 18. Maryland advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals on March 3 for the fourth-consecutive year. Earning a No. 2 seed in the Dayton Regional, the Terps defeated Harvard in the first round on the NCAA Tournament on March 18, advancing to the second round for the fourth-straight year, before bowing out by a vengeful Mississippi squad on March 20. With help from the fans, Maryland sets a new school attendance record as more than 150,000 people attend home games. The Terps are ranked sixth in average home attendance (9,533), making the largest single-season improvement in the NCAA in 2006-07. Their overall attendance of 241,280 at all games is the fourth-best in the nation. All five starters are named preseason candidates for the Naismith Award, while four are selected nominees for the Wade Trophy, a record for both awards. Three Terps are named to the All-ACC team, with Crystal Langhorne earning first team honors for the second time, only the third Terp to do so. Marissa Coleman is a second team honoree for the second time, as well, while Kristi Toliver is selected to the third team. Langhorne is the first Terrapin to be named an All-American by the WBCA, and is selected by the AP and USBWA for the second-straight year, the first multiple All-American in school history. Shay Doron leaves College Park ranked second on the all-time scoring list, while leaving her mark all over the record books. Maryland ends the season ranked 14th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and sixth in the AP rankings.
NCAA Elite Eight
It was a season of broken records and milestones achieved. Early in the season, the Terps won the Preseason WNIT, capturing wins over #23 Notre Dame on Nov. 16 and #4 LSU on Nov. 18. En route to their title victory, Marissa Coleman was the first of four Terps of the season to reach the 1,000-point career milestone against Delaware on Nov. 13. Laura Harper and Kristi Toliver would go on to join Coleman and Crystal Langhorne, who achieved the feat as a sophomore, in the 1,000-point scorers club. With Toliver becoming the 25th member of the club on Dec. 3, the Terrapins also became the 11th known NCAA squad to have four active 1,000-point scorers. Maryland played 15 games in the first 31 days of the season, five coming against ranked opponents. Despite a lofty schedule, the Terps were the first in the nation to win 10 games, defeating #19 Ohio State in the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30, and went 14-1 during that span, falling only to top-5 foe Rutgers in the Jimmy V Classic in Piscataway, N.J. on Dec. 3. It was the first meeting between the teams in 10 years. Playing in her home state of New Jersey, that game also saw Langhorne break the program's rebounding record set by the legendary Vicky Bullett in the 1980s. After this stretch, head coach Brenda Frese was sidelined due to the pregnancy of twins, remaining at home for the road contests. But a veteran squad of five seniors and two juniors took care of business, cruising to an 83-49 win at Wake Forest in the ACC opener on Jan. 3, then returning home on Jan. 6 for a 110-46 rout of Clemson, the Terps' largest margin of defeat in a league game since 1980 and the Tigers' worst in program history. Spurred on by Coleman's 30 points, the Terrapins took care of ACC-rival Duke on Jan. 14, claiming their first win over the Blue Devils in College Park since 1998. After becoming the first Terrapin in the women's basketball program to haul down 1,000 career boards, she takes down the overall men's and women's rebounding mark, surpassing the legendary Len Elmore at Boston College on Jan. 10. Counting down to the record-breaking day, Langhorne takes down Bullett's scoring record on Jan. 18 at Virginia. Over the course of four games from Jan. 20-Feb. 4, Maryland needed some extra time in three of the contests to determine the outcome, including back-to-back double overtimes against Georgia Tech on Jan. 20 and at North Carolina on Jan. 26. GT could not handle the Terps' post play, as Langhorne dropped 31 points, while Harper grabbed 20 boards in the win. In Chapel Hill, it was a battle of the unbeatens, both teams looking to claim the top spot in the league standings. Though Maryland had three players with double-doubles, including 20 points and 14 assists from Toliver, the Tar Heels were victorious, unlike the thriller in Carmichael Auditorium two years previous. Feb. 4 marks the return of a popular player, with Shay Doron, Frese's first recruit, having her jersey honored at halftime. On the morning of the Terps' nationally televised contest at Duke on Feb. 17, the Terps were given some incredible news of Frese's delivery of twin boys. The team would follow up with a gift of their own, defeating the Blue Devils on their home court for the first time since 2000. Frese was back on the sidelines a week later to help pay tribute to the senior class on Feb. 24, her most impactful class that would go on to win 117 games, the most of any class to date. At the conclusion of the game, Maryland's most decorated player, Langhorne, has her jersey honored and hung from the rafters. Langhorne became the first female Terrapin to score 2,000 points against Miami on Jan. 31. The Terps closed out the regular season with a win at NC State on March 2, Frese making a surprise appearance. The win is the 13th in league play, tying a school record for most ACC wins. Heading into the ACC Tournament, it is announced that a school-record four Terrapins are named to the All-ACC team, led by first team selections for Langhorne and Toliver. Langhorne is named the 2008 ACC Player of the Year, as well, becoming one of only four players in the league all-time to receive the rookie and player of the year honor in the careers. Maryland received its highest ACC Tournament seeding since 1993. After defeating Boston College in the first round on March 7, Maryland is upset by Duke in the semifinals on March 8. But news of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Spokane Regional on Selection Monday gives the Terrapins the motivational boot to charge ahead. It is the second No. 1 seeding for the Terps in school history. The Terrapins open the Big Dance at home, with Frese capturing her 200th-career victory against Coppin State on March 23. On that evening, Toliver also breaks the ACC's 30-year old single-season assist record, formerly held by hall of famer Tara Heiss. The team earns a trip to the Sweet 16, defeating Nebraska on March 25, the 21st home win of the season, which is believed to be an NCAA record. A convincing victory over Vanderbilt in Spokane on March 29 sets up a highly-anticipated matchup against #4 Stanford on March 31. In what turned out to a be a high-scoring frenzy, the Cardinal won, 98-87. It was the Terps' second trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in three years. At the end of the season, Langhorne and Toliver are tabbed All-Americans by the AP, USBWA and WBCA. Sports Illustrated also recognizes Harper and Coleman. Toliver also wins the prestigious Nancy Lieberman award. For the third-straight year, the Terps are crowned statistical champions, this year boasting the top shooting percentage in the country. Langhorne also becomes the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in field goal shooting three times. Soon after, Langhorne and Harper are both selected in the WNBA draft, becoming the first Terps to be selected in the first round. Langhorne is picked sixth overall by the Washington Mystics, while Harper is 10th, selected by the Sacramento Monarchs.
NCAA Elite Eight
The 2008-09 Terrapins rode the backs of dominant seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman and got key contributions from its newcomers to re-claim Maryland's position as top dog in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Toliver broke the school record for assists in a season-opening loss at TCU Nov. 14. On Nov. 23, Toliver set another milestone, scoring her 1,500th career point, while Coleman scored point No. 1,600 in a victory against UCLA, Maryland's third straight win. The Terps won all three games in the Carribean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico, Nov. 26-28, knocking off South Dakota State, Montana and Illinois. Coleman moved into fifth place on Maryland's all-time scoring list in the win against South Dakota State. On Dec. 4, Maryland traveled to No. 17 Purdue for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Toliver scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half, giving the Terps a road victory against a ranked team. Coming off a two-week break, the Terps went back on the road to face a formidable foe in Old Dominion Dec. 21. The Terps trailed much of the game, but 20 points from junior Demauria Liles and some shut-down defense late gave the Terps a 74-65 victory. Maryland won both games of the Terrapin Classic Dec. 29-30, knocking off UNC Asheville and Mississippi State. Liles and freshman Lynetta Kizer both notched double-doubles in a road victory Jan. 3 at Richmond, leaving the Terps at 12-2 heading into conference play. ACC play could not have gotten off to a better start for the Terps, as they opened at home Jan. 8 with a 92-65 blowout of Wake Forest. The Terps began the game on a 20-0 run. Maryland dropped a nail-biter Jan. 12 at No. 4 Duke on national television, as a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Toliver rimmed out at the buzzer. After a win at Clemson, the Terps returned home to face Virginia Tech Jan. 18. Toliver exploded from 3-point range against the Hokes, setting a school record with eight 3-pointers made and Coleman reached the 1,800-career point plateau in the victory. After a week off following the Virginia Tech win, the Terps made a statement on national television Jan. 25 against No. 2 North Carolina. Toliver scored 18 points in the second half and Coleman added a double-double as the Terps used a 13-0 run in the second half to blow open a tie game and defeat the highly-touted Tar Heels, 77-71. A crowd of 12,671 packed Comcast Center the win, the 10th-largest attendance in ACC women's basketball history. Toliver added to her career highlight reel Feb. 2 at No. 15 Florida State in a game that would go a long way toward determining the regular-season ACC champion. The Seminoles scored on a lay-up with 4.5 seconds left to take a two-point lead on the Terps. However, Toliver got the inbounds pass, drove down the court to the right elbow, created space with a cross-over dribble and calmly drained a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Terps a 72-71 victory against FSU, which was previously unbeaten in conference play. The victory against the Seminoles propelled the Terps to eight more victories in succession. Coleman moved into third place on Maryland all-time scoring list Feb. 5 against NC State. Coleman and Toliver combined for 42 points in a close win at Boston College Feb. 9, 85-81. Coleman recorded a game-high 28 points and moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list Feb. 12 against No. 17 Virginia, exacting revenge on the Cavaliers for an earlier-season loss in Charlottesville. The Terps rolled in the second half, turning a five-point lead into a comfortable, 16-point victory. In a non-conference matchup Feb. 15, Maryland held Rutgers to 24.7 percent shooting in a 67-47 win at Comcast Center. Toliver and Coleman put on a show to remember Feb. 22 against No. 7 Duke. The Blue Devils played a solid first half to take a 33-31 lead into the break, but Toliver kept it close with 17 of the Terps' 31 points. The second half, however, was all Terps, all the time. Maryland started on a 10-0 run and never looked back. During one run, either Coleman or Toliver scored all of Maryland's 27 points. Toliver finished the game with 34 points and Coleman finished with 24. When the duo left the floor late with Maryland firmly in control, the score was Coleman-Toliver 58, Duke 57. In the final regular-season home games of their careers, Coleman and Toliver went out with a bang Feb. 27 against Boston College. Coleman and Toliver scored the first 30 points for Maryland and the team cruised to a 12-point win. After the game, the two had their jerseys hung in the Comcast Center rafters. Maryland clinched the regular-season ACC title for the first time in 20 years March 1 at Miami, winning by 25 points. The Terps faced Wake Forest March 6 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals and rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to win, 72-70. The Terps took on four-time defending ACC Tournament champ North Carolina March 7 in the ACC Semifinals. The game went back-and-forth through much of the first half before the Terps went on a 14-0 run that spanned the first and second halves en route to an 11-point win against the Heels, ending their 13-game winning streak in the event. The Terps claimed their first ACC championship since 1989 March 8 in the rubber game of the season against No. 8 Duke. Maryland led b seven points late in regulation and appeared poised to claim the title there and then. However, the Blue Devils scored with 2.3 seconds left to force overtime. Maryland regrouped and out-scored Duke 11-8 in the extra period. Coleman was named ACC Tournament MVP. The No. 1 seed in the Raleigh regional, Maryland easily beat 16 seed Dartmouth March 22 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Comcast Center, 82-53. Toliver scored 23 of her 27 points in the first half. Coleman and Toliver, playing in front of the home crowd for the last time ever, went out in style March 24 against ninth-seeded Utah in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coleman scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Toliver scored 17 points of her own to lead the Terps past the Utes, 71-56, and into the Sweet Sixteen for a second consecutive season. Fourth-seeded Vanderbilt led most of the way and appeared ready to end Maryland's season March 28 in the Raleigh Regional semifinal. However, Coleman wouldn't let the Terps lose, scoring a school-record 42 points to lead the Terps back from a late 11-point deficit and stun the Commodores, 78-74. Maryland's season came to an end March 30 in the Elite Eight against third-seeded Louisville led by former Maryland assistant Jeff Walz, falling 77-60 to the Cardinals. Coleman and Toliver were rewarded at the end of the season for their brilliant seasons and careers. Both were named AP, USBWA and WBCA all-Americans and both were drafted in the first round of the WNBA Draft, with Coleman going second overall to the Washington Mystics and Toliver going to the Chicago Sky. Kizer was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Toliver was the ACC Player of the Year.
The 2010-11 Terrapins used their youth to their advantage all season, all the way to get back to the NCAA Tournament. With six new freshmen faces and no seniors, the Terrapins had to grow up and fast. They grew all the way to a 28-4 overall record and fourth-place finish in the ACC.
Freshman Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Rookie of the Year and to the All-ACC Second Team, along with junior Lynetta Kizer. Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring and Kizer led in rebounding.
Maryland beat both North Carolina and Duke at home in Comcast Center, both by over 20 points. Their NCAA First Round win over Saint Francis (Pa.) sent them back to the NCAA Tourmament for the eighth time under head coach Brenda Frese.
NCAA Elite Eight
In 2011-12, the Terrapins continued their journey back to the top of the women's basketball world. They lived by their team theme of the season "Fight to Finish," and pulled multiple wins in the final minutes of games. Their heart and grittiness drove them all the way to their 10th ACC Championship and fifth Elite Eight.
They started off the year on a tear, going 16-0. In their second ACC game of the season, they trailed Georgia Tech by 20 with just over 17 minutes to play in Comcast Center. Alyssa Thomas rattled off 18 second half points, and Laurin Mincy had 12, to lead Maryland to a 77-74 win. Two days later, they trailed by six at North Carolina with 1:29 to play. Thomas made a reverse layup at the buzzer to force overtime and the Terps went on to a win.
On Feb. 19, No. 7 Maryland knocked off No. 5 Duke 63-61 at home in Comcast Center. Once again, late game heroics sealed the win. Tianna Hawkins grabbed two key offensive boards and made two key putbacks in the final 46 seconds for a two-point Terps lead with under 10 seconds to go. Thomas blocked Duke's potential game-winning shot at the buzzer for the victory.
At the end of the regular season, Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring. She was just the second underclassman ever to receive the league's top individual honor. Tianna Hawkins earned All-ACC Second Team honors, while Laurin Mincy and Lynetta Kizer both earned Honorable Mention honors. Alicia DeVaughn was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and Brene Moseley made the All-ACC Freshman Team.
The Terps used strong performances from every member of the roster to beat Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech en route to the ACC Title in Greensboro on March 4. Thomas scored a career-high 29 points in the championship game and was named ACC Tournament MVP. She was the seventh player, and first underclassman, in league history to be named ACC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.
The Terrapins entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed and beat 15th-seeded Navy and seventh-seeded Louisville to advance out of College Park and to the Raleigh Regional. In the Sweet Sixteen, they rallied from an 18-point deficit and a 12-point deficit to beat defending national champion Texas A&M 81-74 to advance to the Elite Eight. Mincy notched her first career double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds en route to the win. They would fall to top-seeded Notre Dame in the Elite Eight.
Head coach Brenda Frese was named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year, which made her one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year.
Alyssa Thomas racked up the national accolades, becoming the first sophomore in Maryland history to be named a WBCA Division I Coaches' All-American. She was also the first Maryland underclassman to be named a First Team AP All-American. She also earned USBWA All-American honors.
NCAA Final Four
In 2013-14, the Terrapins embarked on a journey of mental toughness as they grew together through adversity. The roster of 14 players was the largest in Frese's tenure. After a season with multiple injuries in 2012-13, the Terps banded together behind a special senior class. Led by ACC Player of the Year and All-American Alyssa Thomas, the Terrapins found their way through the season together to overcome adversity and to go on a special run to the Final Four.
They started off the year strong, going 16-1 into mid-January. They won at No. 10 North Carolina, 79-70, on Jan. 5 behind stellar performances by their three freshmen in Lexie Brown, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
On Jan. 27, the Terrapins dug themselves a 22-point hole to No. 2 Notre Dame in a nationally-televised contest at home. Thomas led a valiant second half comeback with 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Terrapins took the lead in the second period. They fell 87-83, giving the Irish their closest loss of the year. Even though it didn't end how the Terps wanted, they proved to themselves and the country that they could play with the best.
They went on to win eight of their last 10 games, including wins at Miami and against Florida State. Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year for the third straight year and is just the second played in history to earn the honor three times. Lexie Brown was named to the All-ACC Freshmen Team.
The Terrapins entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed and beat 13th-seeded Army, 90-52, at Comcast Center. That set up a Second Round matchup with fifth-seeded Texas, whose size and post play presented a challenge for the Terps. Maryland responded to the challenge, beating the Longhorns, 69-64, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year.
This marked the lone season in which the NCAA granted four teams home sites for Regionals. The Terrapins were sent to Louisville, Ky., where they could ultimately face the third-seeded Cardinals. First, they handed top-seeded Tennessee, 73-62, behind a masterful performance by Thomas with her career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds.
Maryland did have to face Louisville in the Elite Eight on its home court. On April 1, 2014, the Terrapins played one of the best games in program history in front of 14,002 fans at the KFC Yum! Center to beat the Cardinals, 76-73 to advance to their fourth NCAA Elite Eight and second under Frese. Thomas added 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Brown had 20 points.
The Terps traveled to Nashville, Tenn. for a matchup with the Irish, but fell 81-67.
Thomas became the first Terrapin to earn WBCA All-America honors in three straight years, and was also named an Associated Press First Team All-American and a USBWA All-American for third time. She was drafted No. 6 overall by the WNBA's New York Liberty, then traded immediately to the Connecticut Sun.