Sunday, January 18, 2009

Are You Kidding Me???!!!

It was Kids Day at Comcast this afternoon, and in honor of the occasion, The Twins, who of course have already attended many Maryland games in The Big Chair, made their official game debut ex utero. TV Broadcaster Debbie Antonelli was on hand to interview them, though Markus was having none of it, insisting he had an exclusive contract with the BasketCases.

But it wasn't Markus, or Tyler, or any of the rest of the kids at today's game who provoked the question "Are you kidding me?" That honor was reserved for Kristi Toliver.

In today's game against Virginia Tech, KT put on a three-point shooting clinic, nailing 8 of 10 from beyond the arc. You read that correctly -- 8 of 10!! (8 . . . a career best.) Kristi threw in a couple of two-pointers and a free throw for good measure, finishing with a game-high 29 points, as the Terps defeated the Hokies, 96-79. Kristi also had 7 assists, 1 steal, and only 2 TOs. Are you kidding me?

The clinic was a little late in opening for business. The Terps led by only a single point at the end of the first ten minutes. KT hit her first 3 at 13:30. At half-time, the lead was stretched to 8. Kristi opened the second half with a quick three, and Maryland simply ran away from the Hokies after that.

Four other Terps finished in double figures, including RS freshman Anjale Barrett, no slouch herself when it comes to treys; AB hit 4 of her 6 three-point attempts, putting up a total of 14 points coming off the bench. Normally, 4 of 6 would send the fans into a frenzy, but today, with Kristi's performance, AB only merited a "supporting actor" nomination. And the young and fast-improving power-post duo of Kizer and Liles had double-doubles once again, 12 points and 12 boards each. Oh, and veteran Marissa Coleman? She chipped in 21 points, 3 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. No kidding.

What a fun day at Comcast! The team had fun, the kids had fun, the oldsters had fun, and the tweeners had fun, too. If only the Ravens had won, the day would've been perfect.

Photo Credit: DC BasketCases


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