by LIAM BEATUS
The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team is the fifth best team in the country. They have a 23-2 record on the season and have won 17 straight games. Consider this, Maryland has been on ESPN2 for three out of the team’s last five games, yet their student section is half empty. They receive more national attention than they do within a campus radius.
Maryland has won all 14 games that they have played against the Big Ten. Only three of these wins were within a single digit margin. On average they score 21.4 more points than their opponents, sixth best margin in the country. The two games they lost were against Washington State in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Notre Dame who was the best team in the country at the time.
The Terrapins are lead not by one individual, but by all five of their starters who contribute equally each game. The starters include sophomore guard Lexie Brown, redshirt senior Laurin Mincy, sophomore guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, junior center Malina Howard, and sophomore center Brionna Jones. All of these starters except Malina Howard average over 12 points per game, and the team as a whole averages just under 82 points per contest, fifth best in the country.
Maryland has done all a fan could ask for: they always fight hard for the rebounds, out-rebounding their opponents by 11.8; they play team basketball since any player on the team could have a breakout performance; and they have won consistently on the road, currently on an eight game road win streak.
Considering all of this information, why do they only average 4,700 people attending their home games? The men’s team averages just under 12,000 people per game, more than twice the amount of the women’s games. As great as the men’s team has played so far at home, they lack the consistency and the top five AP ranking in the country that the women’s team has.
This women’s team is something special this year and could easily make the Final Four. They only have two home games left: Feb. 23 against Penn State and Feb. 26 against Indiana. Come support your Terps as they try to remain undefeated against the Big Ten, a feat that has not been done since 1986 by Purdue.