For the second time in four days, the Old Dominion Monarchs
played a very tight, competitive game against a ranked team. Fortunately for our Terps
, however, the Monarchs came up short once again
, as Maryland escaped from the Constant Convocation Center this afternoon with a good road win, 74-65
. The game was closer than the final score.
Four of Maryland's starters finished in double figures, led by Dee Liles'
20 points. Dee
just missed out on a double-double, with 9 boards, but Marissa Coleman
, who seemed to be everywhere, hit the double-double mark once again this season (16 pts, 13 rbs). KT
added 19 points (and 5 assists), and Lynetta Kizer
finished with 10 points (and 9 boards).
Today's contest was the first for the Terps since December 9, and the one place where the layoff showed was at the foul line, as Maryland hit only 26 of 39 free throws.
Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood started today's game in place of the absent Marah Strickland. (The TV announcers said that Marah had a family emergency. A reader put up a comment on our post below stating that Marah has left the program. Obviously, that's unconfirmed. Whatever may be going on, the BasketCases certainly hope that all is well with Marah and her family.)
After today's game, the players are heading to their homes for the holidays. And when they return, the Terps will finally be heading home to Comcast, where they haven't played since before Thanksgiving! Next up: the annual Terrapin Classic, starting Monday, December 29. The Mississippi State Bulldogs meet the Marshall Thundering Herd (we just love that name!) in the lunch-hour special (12 noon start time) and Maryland faces the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs following that game (around 2 PM). We can't wait!