Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just a Minute.

Crystal Langhorne entered tonight's game against the Miami Hurricanes needing only 2 points to become the first female Terp ever to score 2,000 career points, while Kristi Toliver began the game needing only 2 assists to become the fourth Terp with 500 assists. Well, 1 minute (and 3 seconds) later, both Lang and Kristi had added those remarkable achievements to their résumés.

On the game's opening play -- Maryland's first possession -- Kristi dished off to Lang for a quick bucket, and Lang went into the record books. On Maryland's second possession, Kristi found Laura Harper, who finished the play, thus sending Kristi into the record books as well.

With that important business out of the way, the Terps then proceeded to blowout the overmatched Hurricanes (pun intended), 90-50 (thus setting yet another Maryland record . . . for the most home wins in a season, now 16). As the scoring gap widened in the first half, Coach B quickly turned to her bench, playing the reserves for most of the remaining minutes. But the mismatch was even more apparent as Maryland's bench proved to be too much for Miami as well.

While this game lacked that nail-biter excitement of some recent contests, the fans (including the BasketCases) enjoyed watching a big home win. We particularly enjoyed seeing Drey, Kat and Emery (as well as veteran reserves Jade and Ashleigh) get plenty of playing time. . . Among Kat's buckets was one remarkable trey that she shot almost the instant she received the pass. She has one of the quickest releases and prettiest high-arcing shots we've ever seen.

Before the game, Coach B honored Lang, Harp and Marissa for their gold-medal-winning summer of 2007 playing for USA Basketball, and honored Ashleigh Newman for having broken the Terps' record (several games ago and every game since) for most consecutive games played. After the game, Coach B presented Lang with the game ball, in recognition of her amazing 2,000 career points. Coach B was giving out so much memorabilia tonight we had to wonder whether she was thinking this just might be her last game for awhile. As she's repeated several times of late . . . the two newest Terps could make their appearance any time now.

Congratulations to the entire Maryland team for tonight's record-setting home win, and special congratulations to Lang and to KT for once again etching their names into Maryland's record book!

Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun


At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the record setters! Best women's sports blog goes to - the DC Basketcases!!!


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