By Maryland Athletics
Basketball photo by Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Athletics
Gymnastics photo by Erin Tudryn/Maryland Athletics
Women’s Basketball Achieves Elite Season
In its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th under head coach Brenda Frese, the Maryland women’s basketball team advanced to its first Elite Eight since 2015.
The second-seeded Terps handled 15th-seeded Holy Cross and seventh-seeded Arizona at the Xfinity Center in the first two rounds, then defeated third-seeded Notre Dame in Greenville, S.C., in the Sweet 16.
That set up a matchup vs. the 2022 champion, South Carolina. Despite 24 points from All-American guard Diamond Miller, the Terps fell to the Gamecocks, 86-75.
“(I’m) just incredibly proud of this team and for leaving it out there for the 40 minutes,” Frese said.
The men’s team, in its first year under coach Kevin Willard, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed, edging No. 9-seed West Virginia before falling to top seed Alabama.
Softball Pitcher Spins Perfect Game
Amid the Maryland softball team’s best-ever start, senior Trinity Schlotterbeck added a “pitcher-perfect” moment.
The right-hander tossed the Terps’ first perfect game since 2013 and seventh overall, retiring all 15 batters she faced in a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Texas A&M Commerce on Feb. 24.
“I don’t think I really got into my head until the last batter was up,” she said. “I was like, ‘Okay, this is a big moment right here.’”
She struck out eight during the historic start, which was also the program’s 38th no-hitter and first since 2016.
Gymnastics Vaults to New Heights at NCAA Regional
The Maryland gymnastics team ended its 2023 season on a high note, posting a 196.675 for its highest score at an NCAA Regional, a fourth-place finish in Pittsburgh.
The Terps set regional records on bars (49.275) and floor (49.493); senior Aleka Tsiknias and sophomore Sierra Kondo each earned a team-best 9.875 on the uneven bars, and senior Emma Silberman led the squad with a 9.9 on the floor exercise.
“What we’ve accomplished this season is incredible,” head coach Brett Nelligan told The Diamondback. “I think this is yet another building block, and this will set us up for the future.”
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