Monday, February 02, 2009

Toliver, Holy Cow!

It’s always tough to play on the road in the ACC, and the Terps came excruciatingly close to coming home empty handed from their two-game road trip. But the good news is that they bounced back after their loss on Friday in Charlottesville to edge out Florida State tonight, 72-71.

This evening’s matchup in Tallahassee against the conference-leading ‘Noles was a nail biter and a seesaw battle, with neither team managing to secure a lead of more than a few points. Mostly, it was up by one or two, then down by one or two. Up and down, back and forth, for nearly the full 40 minutes.

In the final moments, as the clock wound down, it appeared as though the winner would be the team that could just hang on as the pendulum swung its way. With only five seconds left in the game, and the scored tied at 69, it was looking as if that team would be FSU, when a layup by Cierra Bravard put the Seminoles ahead, 71-69. But with time expiring, Kristi Toliver raced down the floor and, as the buzzer sounded, nailed a three (from several feet behind the 3-point line), sinking FSU and leaving the Terps atop the seesaw. Holy Cow, what a shot . . . was that ever a close one!

Kristi finished with a team high 17 points, and three other Terps also scored in double figures. Tonight’s win by Maryland snapped the 'Noles’ 9-game winning streak and gave FSU its first loss in ACC play. But make no mistake, though the Terps handed them a loss tonight, this Florida State team is for real!


At 10:24 PM, Blogger Kris said...

I don't think I have ever screamed so loud in my house as when Toliver hit that shot.

I don't know what's wrong with our Terps lately but they need to get that swagger back.

And come ACC Tournament I DO NOT want to see Florida St standing across from us.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the game and can tell you that the Terps played lights-out. They were in synch, fast, and played aggressively on defense. They were relaxed and definitely have that swagger so don't fret. It was a really hostile arena - one of the worst I've seen. There was even a group of students that came over behind the Maryland bench the second half to taunt Brenda and the team. They were exceptionally rude. At least Duke is clever with its taunts. Despite all of this, Maryland fought hard and came away with a very impressive win. I too would prefer not to see the 'Noles in the tourney but make no mistake, they can be beaten and we are definitely the team to do it. I am very encouraged about our prospects going forward after seeing the ladies in action last night. Gerri

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS - Toliver's 3-pointer at the buzzer made #2 on ESPN's Top 10 for the day. Allegedly, it would have made #1 except for Bryant's 61 point effort at the Garden. In addition, yours truly and Monica made the ESPN Top 10 in the background as the team was celebrating. Look for us screaming and jumping up and down. LOL Gerri

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One other thing I forgot to mention. When we rolled back into the loading dock behind Comcast at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, who should be there jumping up and down (literally) in the parking lot and holding a sign? It was Laura Harper. She was hilarious. She had made a sign of congratulations for the team and had come out to meet the bus at 1:00 a.m. It was pretty cool.


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