Kristi Toliver and Juan Dixon were among those who shouted out the newest Terp turned pro.
In the WNBA, Tianna Hawkins will have the opportunity to reach heights even greater than the ones people never expected her to reach as a senior at Maryland.
Top WNBA draft prospect Tianna Hawkins spoke last Friday about making the most of her senior year, mentoring star post recruit Malina Howard and approaching the impressive milestone of 1,000 career rebounds.
Alyssa Thomas missed the Virginia Tech game last year and her team suffered its most embarrassing loss of the season as a result. This year, she made sure she was the one propelling Maryland to victory over the Hokies.
After playing three straight ranked ACC teams, Maryland will take on three straight unranked conference opponents, starting with Virginia Tech, the one team who beat them last year and really shouldn't have.
Not a single player in Maryland's locker room knew what it felt like to beat Miami. Now they do, thanks to a career-high 20 points from Chloe Pavlech and 29 combined second half points from Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas that left no doubt.
There probably aren't many people worrying about Alyssa Thomas' scoring average being down after this one. She has a double-double in every conference game thus far, after 20 points and 15 boards in dominant fashion Sunday.
Florida State is ranked in a similar spot to North Carolina, the team the Terps just fell to. The Seminoles hope to pick up a great resume win like the Tar Heels did, but that will be a tall order in Maryland's house.