Thursday, January 03, 2008

If a Tree Falls in Wake Forest . . . The Terps and the Demon Deacons opened the ACC season tonight in Winston-Salem, and it was clear soon after the opening tip as Maryland raced out to an 18-2 lead that, absent some arboreal disaster taking out the entire Maryland bench, there was simply no way the Deacons were going to beat the Terps. Wake Forest was coming off a 2006-07 ACC season in which it went 0-14, including a loss in Maryland last January by a score of 83-60. Tonight, playing on the Deacons' own floor, the Terps did even better. They were up 47-13 at the half, having played a crisp, terrific 20 minutes of basketball, and went on to crush Wake Forest by a final score of 83-49.

Four Terps finished in double figures: Harp, Lang and Kristi each had 15 points, while rookie starter Marah Strickland chipped in 10. Lang also had 10 rebounds for yet another double-double, and should break Len Elmore's Maryland rebounding record any day now.

Freshman Kat Lyons, who grew up in nearby Kernersville, NC, had a bunch of fans in the house. To their great delight, she scored on three for three from behind the arc when she entered the game in the second half.

Coach Frese, very soon to be the mother of twin Terps, did not make the trip to Winston-Salem. According to the Associated Press, Coach B's doctors have now "advised her not to go on road trips." As he has done previously when Coach B could not travel because of her pregnancy, Coach Park took over the reins tonight, and again came away with a win.

The Terps return home to Comcast this Sunday where they will face Clemson at 2 PM.

Friday Morning Update: The article in today's Winston-Salem Journal about last night's game is a good eyewitness account, but its factual and homonym spelling errors are a really sad commentary on what has happened to journalism in this country. And Wake Forest Head Coach Mike Petersen gets our award for quote of the week: “At the risk of sounding real stupid, I wasn’t planning on getting past 60 (points), to be perfectly frank with you." Way to go, Mike!

And congratulations to Kristi Toliver, who broke Maryland's three-point shooting record last night!


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