Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love and Basketball

Playing at Comcast Center this afternoon on Valentine's Day, the Terps were feeling a lot of love from their fans, and they gave it back in kind, delivering a much-needed home win by beating Clemson, 71-51. And while we're sorry to employ an overused phrase, the outcome of this game was never really in doubt, as Maryland quickly dominated Clemson on both ends of the floor.

The Terps held the Tigers to just 19 points in the first half, while putting up 37 of their own; the second half was more even, but we had the feeling that by then, Maryland was on cruise control. Today every player on the Terps played double-digit minutes and every player scored, except for Lori Bjork (who perhaps was distracted this afternoon by the guy in the pep band who kept holding up a sign saying he wanted to be her Valentine).

Three Terps finished in double figures: Lynetta, who had a game-high 18 points coming off the bench, Dara (17, a career high, plus 5 assists), and (the BCs' own ACC ROY nominee) Diandra (14). Maryland dominated Clemson on the boards, 48-33, and once again had a great game from the charity stripe . . . as the team collectively hit 24 of 29 free throws. Several Terps were perfect from the line, including Lynetta, who hit all ten of her free throw attempts.

So the BCs' home-win-viewing streak now stands at 49, stretching over 3 seasons. We prefer not to think about what happened while we were gone, but we haven't seen a loss at Comcast since February 2007. As far as we're concerned, if we didn't see it, it didn't happen. We're back. The Terps win at home today. It's all good!

The Terps now have a week to get back to their classes after Snowmaggedon closed the campus, as well as to prepare for the Duke game next Sunday at Cameron.

Go Terps! Beat the Blue Devils!


At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on the free throw line. 2 games in a row now! Great win for the Terps!

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew a new winning streak was going to start when I looked over from my seat in 101 and saw the 2 of you back. All was right at the Comcast Center and the team played like they knew it.

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caught a very touching episode of Under the Shell showing the team visiting Riderwood Retirement Village and interacting with the residents etc... Really class act. I hope the young ladies realize the impact they can have and the joy they can bring to a wide variety of people.
Thank you.

At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just noted on the W's FA page that we've finally made our first commitment - Mo's been re-signed to the Mystics.

I'm hoping that future news excites me more.

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. this is from an article on ESPN.

Maryland-bound Alyssa Thomas of Harrisburg, Pa., is the most glaring omission from the McDonald's roster, according to many coaches on the high-school, club and college levels. Thomas is ranked No. 7 in the 2010 class by both ESPN HoopGurlz and All-Star Girls Report and is averaging 23.8 points for Central Dauphin High School. She also was not named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) team for a game to be played April 3 in San Antonio.

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

From that article, it looks like the selection process was a bit subjective:
Two high-school girls' basketball players were named to the 2010 McDonald's All-American team despite questions about whether either met the game's selection criteria. One of them, Laurin Mincy, of Newark, N.J., was eliminated from consideration in a final-ballot re-vote, according to several selection-committee members, but still was named to the East squad.
...Selection-committee members who discussed the re-vote all were quick to emphasize that no player voted to the McDonald's Game should be penalized or feel diminished because of the voting irregularities. All pointed out that Mincy and Ransford made it through four rounds of voting, although many of the voters were aware of their injuries. They also pointed out, however, that several other deserving players were denied an opportunity to be voted onto the team.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to the lady Terps today! Play hard ladies! Beat Duke!


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