Tonight in Boston, one of the Terps' favorite cities, two long-standing and very important Maryland records fell. When senior Ashleigh Newman entered the game against Boston College, she broke Christy Winters Scott's record of 123 consecutive games played. New-New has now played in all 124 games since her freshman year. Remarkable!!
Crystal Langhorne, who earlier in the season had become the only Maryland women's basketball player to pull down 1,000 rebounds, tonight obliterated the men's record of 1,053 held since 1974 by Len Elmore, making her the leading rebounder in all of Maryland history. Barring injury, Lang -- who now has 1,065 rebounds -- should put this record out of reach for another few decades . . . at least.
As for the game, the Terps moved to 3-0 in ACC play as they clipped the Eagles' wings, 88-61. Maryland controlled the game for the full 40 minutes. The Terps led by 12 at the half and extended the lead to 27 by the final buzzer. Though BC freshman post player Carolyn Swords had a career night (leading all scorers with 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds), BC's other frosh phenom, Stefanie Murphy (a five-time ACC Rookie of the Week) was taken completely out of her usual game. Murphy -- who prior to meeting the Terps had averaged nearly 19 points and 10 rebounds --finished with only 7 points and 2 rebounds tonight, while Maryland's only freshman starter, Marah Strickland, had 12 points and 4 boards.
Maryland's other four starters also finished in double figures. After missing her first five shots, Kristi Toliver found her range and came back to lead the Terps with 26 points. And in addition to her 18 rebounds, Lang also scored 18 points, for yet another double-double.
Congratulations to Ashleigh and to Lang on their individual accomplishments, and to all the Terps on another decisive win. Next up: the game we've all had circled on our calendars since the schedule was released: Duke, Monday night. Although the game is on national TV, we'll see you at Comcast -- no excuses!