Sunday, March 01, 2009

Congratulations, Terps!!!!!

For the first time in 20 years, the ACC Regular Season has ended with Maryland on top! Another banner for the rafters!

By beating the Hurricanes in Miami this afternoon, 89-64, the Terps have clinched at least a share of the regular season title. As we write this, Florida State is playing Wake Forest, a game the 'Noles are expected to win. If so, they'll share the title with Maryland, but Maryland -- by virtue of having beaten FSU in their only meeting this season -- will enter the ACC Tournament on Thursday as the #1 Seed! Congratulations to all the players and coaches -- and everyone associated with the Maryland team -- for making some new history today!

As for the game against Miami, well . . . the 'Canes came into the matchup with an ACC record of 2-11, while the Terps came in at 11-2. It pretty much went as you'd expect a game to go between two teams with such disparate records -- all Maryland, all the time, all afternoon. Five Terps finished in double figures, including Marissa Coleman (17) and Lynetta Kizer (10), who also notched double-doubles (16 and 10 boards, respectively). Marah Strickland, who shot an impressive 50% from beyond the arc (5 of 10), also finished with 17. And with 6 assists this afternoon, Kristi Toliver now needs only 4 more to move into a tie with Nikki Teasley, who has the third most assists in ACC history, and only 5 more to pass Nikki T and tie with the legendary Dawn Staley, who is in second place. Which, of course, means that 6 more successful dishes and swishes, and KT will have second place all to herself.

Not surprisingly, the Terps bench saw a good deal of playing time today. With the hope of back-to-back-to-back games looming in the ACC Tournament this week, rest for the starters and playing time for the reserves would seem to be just what the doctor ordered. And, speaking of "doctors," University of Maryland President Dr. Dan Mote was one of the many loyal Terps fans who traveled to Miami to cheer for the team on this historic occasion. (Miami in the winter? It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!)

Well done, Maryland . . . now, on to Greensboro!


At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, TERPS!!!

How come no TV? No TV make sad. Bring on tournament!

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, TERPS! You're the best!

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Terps! So proud!

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Cal's astonishingly bad showing against UNRANKED UCLA over the weekend! Wow, was that NOT a performance by the #4 team! Fully expected -- and was delighted to see -- our Terps move into the 4 slot today in the AP Poll! Hope this adds weight to our getting a #1 seed for The Big Dance!

At 12:11 PM, Blogger posting-up said...

Cal played like the unranked team. Also surprised to see Sanford pass Baylor into the #2 spot.

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zephyrus001 on the ESPN Message Blog stated in the Miami game "Toliver went down hard on a drive...but she's okay. A fight almost broke out because of it...but no blows."

Anybody care to comment? I am curious to what transpired.

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stanford jumped Baylor because B.U. lost Danielle Wilson for the season with a torn ACL. She led the team in rebounding, scoring, and blocked shots.

Tough, tough loss for Baylor. I would suppose this would dramatically affect Baylor's seeding regardless of what happens in the Big 12 tournament.

At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stanford probably is the second best team in the country right now, so their ranking is well deserved. But the Terps right now can play with anyone, including UCONN.


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