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Devil of a time for old college rivals

At Washington Mystics media day last month, while the three Duke alumni on the team - Alana Beard, Monique Currie and Lindsey Harding - posed for a picture, a loud "Booooo" echoed from the other side of the Verizon Center practice gym. Published June 7, 2009

Mystics get another fresh start

Alana Beard is entering her sixth season with the Washington Mystics. That means, above all else, she has witnessed the team's coaching carousel, the kind of turmoil under which no franchise can thrive. Published June 6, 2009

Ajavon gives 'spark' to Mystics' lineup

It was a gloomy December day for the WNBA when the Houston Comets suspended operation, but the subsequent dispersal draft came at an ideal time for the Washington Mystics. Published May 29, 2009

Terrapins' Strickland opts to leave program

The Maryland women's basketball team suffered another loss Monday when it announced sophomore guard Marah Strickland is transferring after the spring semester. Published April 14, 2009

Tearful end for Terps

With about a minute remaining in the Raleigh Region final, coach Brenda Frese took out senior stars Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver. They received a standing ovation from the Maryland faithful and, tearing up, embraced their coach before taking a spot on the bench. Published March 31, 2009

Terps women fall short of Final Four

With just over a minute remaining in the Raleigh Region final, coach Brenda Frese took out senior stars Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver. Published March 31, 2009

Terps preview

Breaking down the matchup between Maryland women and Louisville. Published March 30, 2009

Familiar foe awaiting the Terrapins in final

RALEIGH, N.C. | Jeff Walz remembers drawing up what turned out to be the signature shot of Maryland's 2006 national championship run. Known simply as "the shot" to Maryland faithful, Kristi Toliver's 3-pointer over Duke center Alison Bales will forever live in Terrapins lore. Published March 30, 2009

Answering the call

RALEIGH, N.C. | Sooner or later, the Maryland women were going to face a test in the NCAA tournament. The top-seeded Terrapins routed Dartmouth and Utah in the first two rounds. Published March 29, 2009

Coleman leads Terps to Elite Eight

RALEIGH, N.C. | Marissa Coleman scored a career-high 42 points, and top-seeded Maryland survived a scare from fourth-seeded Vanderbilt 78-74 to advance to the Raleigh Region final. Published March 29, 2009

Terrapins draw together to prepare for Commodores

As Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb was fine-tuning her team's offense during the Commodores' practice session Friday, what sounded like a party was emanating from somewhere in the bowels of RBC Center. Published March 28, 2009

Southern comfort charges Terps

When coach Brenda Frese took Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman out late in the second half of Maryland's rout of Utah on Tuesday, the seniors received a standing ovation from the 10,065 fans at Comcast Center. Published March 26, 2009