Maryland Women Get Set to Face Dartmouth
Much of yesterday's Maryland women's press conference dealt with how the Terrapins were going to avoid overlooking 16th-seeded Dartmouth (0-6 in the NCAA's), out of the Ivy League (1-16 in NCAA's).
Coach Brenda Frese pointed out that seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman were part of last year's first-round game against 16th-seeded Coppin State, which was close for a half before turning into an 80-66 Maryland win. Also, the team has been keeping an eye on results in both the men's and women's tournaments—such as the third-seeded North Carolina women's first-round battle against 14th-seeded UCF, an 85-80 Tar Heel win.
Toliver and Coleman were asked if they had ever overlooked an opponent in either high school and college, and what ended up happening. Toliver referenced last year's game at Virginia Tech, in which Maryland fell behind by 21 points in the first half before rallying to win, 74-71, in overtime.
"I don't want to say we necessarily overlooked them, because every ACC opponent is such a huge threat, but we came out too lackadaisical and we expected to win and we thought the name on our chest was going to get it done," Toliver said. "Fortunately we battled back. That's one [game] that comes to mind."
The Terrapins had a little bit of fun at the end of yesterday's open practice, playing a game of knockout from the top of the three-point arc. The winner—somewhat surprisingly considering that Kristi Toliver was one of the participants—was sophomore forward Drey Mingo (career three-point percentage: .324). The highlight of the game, however, was when 6-foot-6 freshman center Yemi Oyefuwa—zero career three-point attempts—coolly knocked out Frese with a long-range shot.
There were very few fans inside Comcast Center yesterday for the open practices, but there is already a good crowd in here for the first game: eighth-seeded Villanova vs. ninth-seeded Utah. The Utes' contingent seems especially fired up, especially since its team has been in control of the game from the start.
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