Senior standout guard Kristi Toliver could only grimace as the final buzzer sounded.
This isn’t the start that Tolliver or Coach Brenda Frese envisioned when the team went 33-4 and advanced to the Regional Final last year.
"Obviously we didn’t come out with the same sense of urgency that they did and they capitalized on it,” said a disappointed Tolliver.
But she quickly displayed her positive leadership skills adding, “It’s better to start the season this way then end it like this. We’re going to remain as optimistic as possible.”
Host Texas Christian University kept Maryland’s offense in check and forced 17 turnovers, en route to an 80-68 upset victory.
Led by TK La Fleur’s 28 points, TCU took advantage of starting the game on an 11-0 run, and opened the second half scoring nine straight points.
After that run, TCU never relinquished the lead.
Besides LaFleur’s performance, in which she made 10 of 17 shots, the Lady Frogs got ample support from forward Helena Sverrisdotir, who poured in 18 points respectively.
It's a credit to the swarming defense of TCU that led to the dismal offensive showing from the UMD women.
Maryland shot 34 percent from the field making 22 of 64 shots.
It’s going to be a lesson in patience for Coach Frese, as she has to find a replacement for All-American forward Crystal Langhorne. (graduated)
Langhorne’s average of 21 points per game and eight rebounds can’t be duplicated right away.
Maryland is depending on three sophomores and four freshmen to complement the experience of Kristi Toliver.
One lady’s final line was impressive, in her first game wearing the red, white and black honorably.
Forward Lonetta Kizer (Potomac, VA High School player of the year two straight years) finished with 12 points and a whopping 15 rebounds.
That’s a great sign for the Terps, if this is the kind of game to expect from a player, without the seasoned pedigree, that they are accustomed to having in the huddle.
Still, this night belonged to Coach Jeff Mitty and his Lady Frogs.
He and his girls sent a memo to the Lady Terps they soon won’t forget.
Fear the Frog.