This evening the Terps played host to the Samford University Bulldogs from Birmingham, Alabama.
If we had to sum up the Samford team in a single word, it would be "overmatched." The young Terps, who themselves were overmatched last weekend in Mississippi, hit the Bulldogs early and often, mostly with a barrage of 3-pointers (7 of 10 in the first half), and then kinda coasted the rest of the way. Final score: Terps 76, Bulldogs 49.
We hope that the Samford team doesn't let tonight's loss ruin their Thanksgiving trip to our nation's capital. Washington, DC is a beautiful city full of wonderful things to see and do. Samford played hard. They didn't give up. Though the result was never in doubt, the Bulldogs earned the right to have some fun and enjoy themselves.
The Terps were led by "veteran" Lynetta Kizer, who not only shot a perfect 8 of 8 from the field, but also hit the second 3-pointer of her Maryland career, and the very first at Comcast! 'Netta finished with a game-high 20 points. Tianna, Lori and Dara also had a double-digit scoring night (14, 11, and 11 points, respectively). And Dara and Anjale each dished out 7 assists.
Not a particularly exciting or interesting game, but it was a win, so for that we're thankful. And speaking of thanks, the Basketcases would like to wish all our loyal readers a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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On a sad note . . . Abe Pollin, original owner of the Washington Mystics, died today at the age of 85. Back when the WNBA was launched, all the teams were owned by owners of NBA franchises. Many NBA owners had absolutely no interest whatsoever in a women's team . . . so there were no WNBA teams in their cities (and still aren't in most of them).
Abe Pollin was not among those owners. He very definitely wanted a women's team here, and with the completion of the MCI (now Verizon) Center, he launched his WNBA team, the Mystics, during the league's second season.
And while the Mystics never achieved the on-court success under Pollin's stewardship that he hoped for, it always seemed to the BasketCases that his heart was in the right place. We can still remember Abe and his wife, Irene, sitting in the owner's box, sometimes all by themselves, just two fans, watching Mystics games. We think it's pretty safe to say that without Abe Pollin, the WNBA might never have come to Washington. Without Abe Pollin, there might never have been a Mystics team these last 12 summers.
Thanks, Abe. May you rest in peace.