The Washington Times - September 3, 2008, 10:24AM

Forgot to make a mention of the Maryland women’s basketball schedule yesterday.

Given everything else in College Park, it can probably be forgiven.


But the schedule did come out yesterday, and it’s worth breaking down how a regional finalist from last year looks heading into 2008-09.

They’ll miss: Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper. This was coming eventually for Maryland, which enjoyed steady above-average play from Harper and steady exceptional play from Langhorne for the last four years. Those are voids that can’t be filled overnight.

They’re adding: Lynetta Kizer, a McDonald’s All-American. The 6-foot-3 forward played on the United States under-18 team this summer and will presumably play quite a bit with Langhorne and Harper gone.

Home/road/neutral schedule split: 13/13/3

Best team visiting College Park: Pick one: North Carolina (Jan. 25), Rutgers (Feb. 15) and Duke (Feb. 22) all swing into Comcast Center.

Best home game subplot: Maryland beat Duke at home last season for the first time since 1998, and that game usually draws the biggest crowd of the season. It probably will again.

Funny seeing you here:  UCLA returns a home-and-home on Nov. 23, its first trip to College Park since 1978.

Best road venue: When you get to play three games in Cancun, there is only one correct answer —- regardless of who you play and how big the gym is.

Best showcase: Feb. 15 vs. Rutgers. It’ll be on national TV, and it’s a nonconference game late in the season between two recognizable powers.

Best opponent: Go back and check the “best team to visit College Park” entry. 

New to the schedule: Texas Christian, Delaware State, South Dakota State, Montana, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, UNC Asheville, Mississippi State/Marshall.

Pivotal stretch: It’ll come early. Maryland plays seven straight games away from Comcast Center before Christmas —- the first three on a neutral floor, the next four in true road games. Only three of the first 11 are at home, so the Terps will learn quite a bit about themselves in the opening weeks of the season.

—- Patrick Stevens