#9 Maryland Women's Basketball 2013-2014 Preview

Maryland Terrapins

Overall Rank: #9
Conference Rank: #3 ACC
#9 Maryland Women's Basketball 2013-2014 Preview
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Like other schools in a transition mode between conferences, this will be the final season for Maryland basketball in its current form. After 2013-14, Maryland trades in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten, and with that an era will end in College Park. The bigger question before the transition: Can the Terrapins have one final solid season in the ACC and even reach the coveted 30-win plateau? Not only that, can the Terrapins get veteran coach Brenda Frese her 300th win on the Maryland sidelines and her 350th overall victory?

2012-13 Record: 26-8, 15-1
2012-13 Postseason: NCAA (lost to Connecticut in regional semifinals, 76-50)
Coach: Brenda Frese
Coach Record: 278-94 at Maryland, 335-124 overall

Maryland’s offense revolved around two top scorers last year. We’ll talk about one of those scorers later, but for now Alyssa Thomas is the big story. Thomas, who is a senior this season, averaged a double-double of approximately 18 points and 10 rebounds a year ago to guide the Terrapins to the regional semifinals. Thomas might be a future WNBA star in the making thanks to her all-around game that also included 181 assists. Thomas is part of a team that returns four of its five leading scorers, including redshirt junior Laurin Mincy. Mincy was on her way to a solid season before an ACL tear ended her 2012-13 campaign after five games. Her return alone will offset the loss of one of the team’s top scorers.

Speaking of top scorers, the loss of Tianna Hawkins (18 points, 9.7 rebounds per game) will hurt the Terrapins somewhat. The twin combo of Hawkins and Thomas helped Maryland to a successful season, and the team will need to replace the lost rebounding Hawkins gave the Terrapins. This is about the only big weakness Maryland has, but it could be a big one if Mincy’s knee proves problematic to start the year.

Final Projection:
In all likelihood this could be a much better season for Maryland. Not only are four of the top five scorers back but so are eight of the 10 players that found the scoring column a year ago. Only Caitlin Adams is gone in addition to Hawkins and Adams was not a factor in 13 reserve appearances. The return of Mincy, plus other top scorers that are back and the addition of four freshmen, will help the transition to a Hawkins-less Maryland squad go much smoother. Whether or not Maryland reaches 30 wins depends on its non-conference schedule, and if it can go farther in the NCAA tournament. For now, the Terps look like a solid bet for success.

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

Projected Starting Five:
Alyssa Thomas, Senior, Forward, 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game
Katie Rutan, Senior, Guard, 68 3-point field goals last year
Laurin Mincy, Junior, Guard, missed all but five games with torn ACL in 2012-13
Alicia DeVaughn, Senior, Center, 7.4 rebounds per game
Chloe Pavlech, Sophomore, Guard, 137 assists last year

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.0 (9th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 56.8 (58, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 47.1 (3, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 35.4 (28, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 4.4 (215, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.5 (30, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.1 (73, 4)
Rebound Margin: 13.7 (2, 1)
Assists Per Game: 17.6 (6, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 17.5 (203, 5)

Madness 2014 WNBA Draft Rankings:
#3 Alyssa Thomas
#24 Alicia DeBaughn

Madness 2013 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#19 Lexie Brown
#41 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
#46 Brionna Jones
#58 A'lexus Harrison


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