More Hardware. At some point, the Terps may need to add an annex to their trophy case if they keep accumulating more bling-bling. This afternoon, they added the very large, very impressive, very gold . . . and very much deserved WNIT Championship trophy to their collection by beating a very good #4 ranked LSU, 75-62, at Comcast.
While LSU boasts one of the most dominant individual players in the nation in Sylvia Fowles (24 pts & 13 boards), Maryland, once again, turned in a dominant team performance, as 4 of their starters scored in double-digits, led by Kristi Toliver, who had 23 points. Laura Harper put up 16 points, Jade Perry followed with 14 (to go along with her 11 rebounds) and freshman Marah Strickland scored 11 for the Terps. (By the way, Marissa Coleman, the only starter not in double figures, missed out on a double-double by a mere 2 points.)
Even more impressive was the fact that Maryland handled the highly ranked LSU without the Terps' All-American Crystal Langhorne. Coach B said after the game, "I'm so proud of the champions we have in this locker room." And she should be. The Terps have notched convincing wins against every team they've faced this season, including three ranked opponents in the last 8 days. They've shown a focus and intensity that, quite frankly, has made them lots of fun to watch!
Returning to Hardware . . . Not surprisingly, KT was voted Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, and, much to everyone's obvious delight, Jade Perry was named to the All-Tournament Team. Congratulations Kristi and Jade . . . and congratulations to all the Terps players and coaches . . . well done!