COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The seventh-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team will close the regular season Sunday with a 2 p.m. game vs. Virginia Tech at Comcast Center for Senior Day.
Prior to Sunday’s contest, the Terrapins (23-5, 11-4 ACC) will honor their five seniors in Sequoia Austin, Alicia DeVaughn, Katie Rutan, Alyssa Thomas and Essence Townsend. After Sunday’s game, Thomas’ jersey will be honored in the rafters of Comcast Center. She will be the ninth Terrapin with her jersey honored.
The game vs. Virginia Tech (14-14, 4-11) will be Maryland’s final ACC regular season game. There will be a pre-game alumni autograph session featuring Laura Harper, Vicky Bullett, Kim Rodgers and former coach Chris Weller from 1-1:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall, as well as a commemorative ACC timeline poster for the first 5,000 fans in attendance. Fans will also be able to take photos with the Terrapins’ ACC championship trophies from 1-2 p.m. in Heritage Hall and will be able to share their favorite ACC moment on an interactive "My Favorite ACC Moment Wall” at the West entrance to Heritage Hall.
It will also be the Team Tyler game, in which the Terps support leukemia awareness. Fans will be able join the national bone marrow donor registry courtesy of There Goes My Hero, a local non-profit that funds blood cancer research, family support programs, and education programs to encourage public support and use of the bone marrow registry. Fans can donate to the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Team Tyler table on the concourse. Checks can be made payable to the Kimmel Cancer Center, Pediatric Oncology.
Maryland owns the all-time series with the Hokies, 9-6 and have won seven of the last eight meetings since 2006. Last year, the Terrapins won 74-45 in Blacksburg on Jan. 13 behind 26 points and a career-high 18 rebounds from Thomas.
Thomas scored 26 points and Rutan hit 1,000 career points to lead a strong offensive effort as Maryland won at Boston College, 92-66, Thursday night.
Thomas moved into No. 2 on Maryland’s scoring list with 2,214 career points, passing Marissa Coleman. She needs just 34 points to pass Langhorne’s women’s record of 2,247 and 56 points to break Juan Dixon’s school scoring record of 2,269. Thomas’ 1,146 career rebounds are 74 shy of tying Langhorne’s school record of 1,229.
Thomas was named to the Naismith Award’s top ten semifinalist list Thursday.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Next, Maryland will play in the ACC Tournament next weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The Terrapins have clinched a double-bye as a top-four seed and will play in Friday’s quarterfinals round. The Terps’ opponents, seeding and game time will be available Sunday night. For up to date information on the ACC Tournament, for where to watch or for tickets, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.