Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Clean Sweep!

The Terps dominated the Fighting Illini in Cancun last night right from the start, opening with a 12-5 run. Maryland kept the pressure on, stretching the lead to as much as 27 before taking a 16-point cushion into the locker room at the break (39-23). The second half was more of the same, and the Terps won decisively, 79-52. Four Terps finished in double figures, including reserve Drey Mingo, who hit a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line!

Speaking of perfect, last night's win gave the Terps a 3-0 record in Cancun -- which means they'll return home undefeated in games played outside the United States!

In a first this season, Maryland fans, including the BasketCases, were able to follow the game via a live blog on the Terps' web site. It's no substitute for TV, but it was fun to read, and helped keep us involved in the action.

The Terps have a basketball-free day today in Cancun before returning to the States tomorrow. The forecast is for 82 degrees and mostly sunny skies . . . we can guess how they'll be spending the day -- four letters, begins with "P."

We hope they enjoy themselves. They've certainly earned that rest day -- and will need that rest day -- as they play a tough Purdue team in West Lafayette on Thursday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. (Yesterday, the #19 ranked Boilermakers took #5 ranked Stanford to overtime, before falling to the Cardinal in the extra period.) Then on Sunday, Dec. 7, the Terps travel to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers. Pitt is led by senior Shavonte Zellous, a 5'10" athletic guard (and probable WNBA draft first-rounder) who is currently averaging over 22 ppg. She'll definitely be a tough match-up. So after today's fun-in-the-sun, there's no doubt it'll be back-to-work for the Terps this week.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see Drey getting some good minutes and proving that she deserves them! I'm very impressed in the early going of the season by how the ladies look and am looking forward to joining the Rebounders after I graduate from law school this year!

At 3:40 PM, Blogger terps25 said...

The Terps are really looking good. There is so much great talent on this team. I am looking forward to seeing them face some tougher competition and see how they respond. I'll be rooting them on. Go Terps!

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't attended or seen a game this year. What can you tell me about Oyefuwa, the center from England? Is she a player or a project? Just curious.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger terps25 said...

According to Coach, she's a "raw talent." Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I think she was only playing for 3 years before MD. I've seen her play. Her heart is in it and you can tell it's a team effort to help her get better.

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on Kim Rodgers? Is she still sick and is there any chance she will play this year?

At 11:43 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Kim was in uniform and warmed up with the team before the last home game (UCLA), but she hasn't yet played. Here's hoping she will soon!

-- BC


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