The Terps had quite a run this season. Truth be told, after those early losses at TCU and Pitt, how many fans thought that Maryland would go on to be undefeated at home, share the regular season ACC title, win the ACC Tournament, and play in the Elite Eight? Not many.
But this team continued to surprise . . . giving all of us a great deal of fun, excitement, and, yes, joy. Unfortunately, tonight, the great run ended in Raleigh, as the Louisville Cardinals simply outplayed the Terps, winning 77-60.
And, even more unfortunately, tonight's loss ended an incredible era of Maryland basketball, as the last remaining players from the 2006 National Championship team played their final game in Maryland uniforms. Both Kristi and Marissa left the court in tears. Marissa literally collapsed in Coach B's arms. For those of us in the arena, it just broke our hearts to see these two remarkable young women sobbing on the bench. Thankfully, though, this will not be the end of basketball for Kristi and Marissa, as they will both, most certainly, be playing in the WNBA this summer.
Another player we'll also be seeing in the WNBA very shortly, Angel McCoughtry, tonight led her Cardinals to their first Final Four appearance. We congratulate her, her teammates, and Coach Jeff Walz for the outstanding game they played . . . tonight, they were definitely the better team. Good luck to the Cards in St. Louis.
But above all, Thank you Terps! Thank you Kristi! Thank you Marissa! Thank you Coach B and the entire coaching staff! It's been a helluva run! (And we're already looking forward to next season.)
Photo Credit: DC BasketCases
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Media links: Camille Powell, Washington Post, here; Mike Wise, Washington Post, here; Mike Fratto, Washington Times, here; Mechelle Voepel, ESPN.com, here; Rick Maese, Baltimore Sun, here; Neil Amato, The News & Observer, here; Jody Demling, Louisville Courier-Journal, here; and Eric Crawford, Courier-Journal, here.