Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's Bad Enough that the Terps lost -- at home -- today to the Cavaliers, 60-57. But it's also bad that this was a game they could've won, and even worse, it was definitely a game they couldn't afford to lose. Bad.

Maryland is now on a two-game losing streak and faces the daunting (but do-able) task of trying to get back on track against league-leading Duke on Thursday (7:30 PM at Comcast).

On top of everything else, this afternoon's match wasn't a particularly fun game to watch. Lots of bad play by both teams early on. In the first 3 minutes of the game, the two teams combined for 3 points. About 9 minutes into the game, the bad news was that the Terps had only scored 5 points; the good news was that Virginia only had 8 points. The first period ended with the Cavs up, 25-23. Bad.

The final period had a little more scoring, but's that's about the only good thing we can say. Maryland nursed a slim lead for most of the 2nd half, but couldn't manage to close the game out. In the end, the Cavs came back, hung on to a 1-possession margin, and dropped the Terps to 6-4 in ACC play. Bad.

Of course, as long as we're handing out Bad-day awards, the BCs want to give a shout-out to today's refs. We were particularly impressed with how Lynetta, for example, could get bumped, hacked and/or pushed on average about 3 times whenever she got the ball on the low block and the officials would wait until the 3rd time she was hit to blow their whistles . . . and then they'd call her for traveling. Bad.

As fans from our section were filing out, nobody was smiling. They were mumbling things like, "that was really bad." Can't say we disagree. If our section was a representative sample of the 9,300-plus fans at Comcast today, then there were lots of bad moods in lots of cars on the drive home.

Oh well, today's game is now history. Funny thing about the past . . . you can't change it. So don't waste time trying. What you can do is learn from it. We have no doubt that the Maryland players and coaches will be learning everything they possibly can from these last two losses, so hopefully they can return to their winning ways on Thursday. And if they do that -- beat the Blue Devils --we guarantee there will be thousands and thousands of Maryland fans heading home that night in a very good mood.

Go Terps . . . Beat the Blue Devils!


At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can beat Duke but we can also lose to Duke. This is our young team this year. Talented but very very young and our turnovers and lack of consistent outside shooting hurt us.

I will be there on Thursday night cheering us on. We can win, we have the talent. Will we? Not sure, it will depends on MD taking care of the ball. Duke isn't a great outside shooting team either so I think that piece won't be the issue. It will come down to us taking care of the ball and not giving Duke easy possessions like we did against Miami. I know we will rebound, that's never an issue.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to find something positive about yesterday's about the halftime recognition of the 1978 team! Great team, great representatives of Maryland Women's Basketball - including 2 WBB HOF'ers!

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to get improved guard play. They need more steals and far less turnovers. Rogers aside, our guards don't shoot 3 pointers well enough. Also, the are deficient in defending the 3 pt. shot which hurts the Lady Terps in close games. Hopefully the coaching staff will rectify this issue with the back court.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger fr mike said...

PEACE! You know I am a Dukie! GO DUKE!

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, guard play is our problem right now and it's been the weak link all season excluding AT (is she considered a guard?). Cloud and Mincy have alot of potential though...they are just young and need playing experience. Of course after seeing the freshman guard from Baylor last night, maybe they should be further along. Kim Rodgers is my favorite player on the team but reality is, she's had a very tough shooting year overall. Very inconsistant. We need some shooters!

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said: "Rogers aside, our guards don't shoot 3 pointers well enough." Say What?!?! 29 for 114 (25%) from 3's this season....

At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes, didn't realize she was shooting that bad. Everyone else is probably even worse. However, if they wouldn't turn over the ball so much, I think they would still win the majority of the games. Those turnovers though, we just haven't been able to recover from. I want Mincy to get more playing time and to start shooting more.


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