Thursday, February 12, 2009

Our House is a Very Very Very Fine House . . .

Tonight's re-match between the Terps and the Virginia Cavaliers was in many respects similar to the game played nearly two weeks ago by these two teams down at UVA. Each game featured a tightly contested first half, with Maryland taking a small lead into the locker room. And tonight, as in Charlottesville, it was the second half where the game was won . . . or lost. In each case, the home team broke the game open in the final 20 minutes and marched to a convincing win. Fortunately, tonight, the home team was Maryland, and the Terps won, 94-78.

As they did on Monday night against Boston College, and as Coach B is fond of saying, seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman "put the team on their backs" . . . as well as put on quite a show for the large, loud and enthusiastic Maryland crowd (not to mention the WNBA scouts in the house). Marissa, who led all scorers with 28 points, also pulled down 7 boards, dished out 6 assists, stole 4 balls, blocked 2, and had only 1 turnover. She created her own shots, battled for rebounds and loose balls, rallied her young troops, and ended up bloodied and cramping. (She even performed a PG-rated strip-tease.) And in the process, Marissa passed the legendary Terp (and now Mystics Assistant Coach) Vicky Bullett to move into second place on the Terps' all-time leading scoring list (behind Crystal Langhorne, of course!). Kristi "Big Play" Toliver again played all 40 minutes, and also outscored every player on Virginia's roster with 25 points of her own. She also became only the fourth player in ACC history to hand out more than 700 assists. Simply put, Marissa and KT are Showtime, Big time -- and a joy to watch.

Dee Liles and Lynetta Kizer were big contributors as well, both scoring in double figures (12 and 11 points, respectively). And despite battling the flu, Dee not only scored, but cleaned the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds for another double-double. These two first-year Terps are growing stronger with every game, and clearly helping to fill the void left by the graduation of Lang and Harp.

Tonight's win was the 31st in a row at home for Maryland -- quite an impressive streak! But the Terps will be tested on Sunday, when they host Rutgers at Comcast at 1 PM and will be looking to avenge last season's loss to the Scarlet Knights at the RAC. In order to extend their home winning streak, the Terps will need to maintain their composure against a team well known for its relentless defense. Rutgers is one of those teams that has the ability to make even the best teams look ugly. So Wear Pink, exercise your vocal cords, and come ready for a classic battle between offense and defense. See you Sunday!

7 Comments:

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just curious if there's a place to keep track of the total points for each player? wondering where KT is on the list?

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Brenda is my home girl said...

Unofficially, Kristi has 405 points this year. She started the year with 1,433 career points. So, assuming my poor math skills can handle simple addition, I believe her career point total is now 1,838, which is 40 behind now 4th place Shay Doron's 1,878.

I'd say the team has a minimum of 7 games left to play, possibly more, depending on ACC and NCAA Tournament success.

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marissa better get ACC POW next week. In 2 ACC games this week she had an incredible stat line:

51 pts; 14 rebs; 11 assists; 3 blks; 8 steals and 18/20 FTs

AWESOME!

ps. of course she will make it even better by Sunday evening!

 
At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Marissa why did she have to change her shorts anyways? Did it involve alot of blood?

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Late in the game, her left knee was bleeding. Didn't seem like much. The trainer bandaged her up and she went back in, only to have to be re-bandaged shortly after. One of the refs pointed to some blood on Marissa's shorts. The trainer sprayed it (bleach?) but apparently that did not do the trick, and before you knew it, Marissa had pulled off her shorts and put on another pair. She of course had on white compression shorts underneath, so no big deal.

-- BC

 
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