The cornerstones of Maryland’s superb four-year run in women’s basketball wound up with rather strong rewards today.
Marissa Coleman went No. 2 overall in the WNBA draft to Washington. Kristi Toliver was selected by Chicago a pick later.
Put in context, last year’s pair of seniors who also have their jerseys honored at Comcast Center —- Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper —- went No. 6 and No. 10, respectively. So that is impressive.
Of course, going far up in the draft does have its drawbacks. Maryland was 116-19 during the four years Coleman and Toliver spent in College Park.
Meanwhile, Chicago has lost at least 20 games (over a very college-like 34-game schedule) in each of its three seasons. Washington has lost at least 15 games in each of its 12 seasons —- and was 10-24 a year ago.
So in short? Here’s hoping Coleman and Toliver savored winning a whole lot, because at least initially, their professional forays could turn out to be rather frustrating in comparison.
—- Patrick Stevens