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Topic - Kim Rodgers
Maryland proved again this season that it is clearly one of the nation's elite women's basketball programs.
About five weeks ago, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese called senior guard Kim Rodgers into her office.
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese knew that Navy would not be an easy ship to sink in the first round of the NCAA tournament, especially if Alyssa Thomas, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, wasn't at her best.
Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and No. 6 Maryland beat No. 15 Georgia Tech 68-65 on Sunday to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Maryland women's basketball seniors walked onto the court for their final regular season home game arm-in-arm with family members carrying balloons and flowers. As the announcer at Comcast Center listed the players' accomplishments before Friday's game, coach Brenda Frese greeted each with an emotional embrace at center court. Pictures were snapped. Memories relived.
There will be no tearful ceremony at midcourt for this one. No new slot in the record book. No round number to highlight in the media guide.
Maryland coach Brenda Frese is reluctant to admit it, but she has to notice how her team is climbing in the rankings.
Maryland advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season with a roster that had no seniors. This year, the Terrapins will have three — guards Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers, and center Lynetta Kizer.
"We had a phenomenal season," Rodgers said. "We had a lot of good wins this year, a lot of comeback wins. We have been to two Elite Eights, two ACC championships, and we are champions in our own right. It's not fun sitting here and say we didn't get to the Final Four, but we accomplished a lot. We are leaving a lot of good things for the underclassmen to move forward with next year."
"I was teetering on whether or not I was even valuable to this team anymore," Rodgers said. "For [Frese] to come in and tell me that I was [valuable] really helped me to stay focused."