Tuesday, March 22, 2011

If You Care Enough About the Terps to be reading this blog, then either you were at Comcast Center tonight for their NCAA 2nd Round game against Georgetown, or you watched it on ESPN2, or you streamed it on your computer. So there's really no need for us to revisit the play-by-play. Frankly, we would rather not revisit this one. Suffice it to say, tonight's game was a very disappointing end to Maryland's season.

Thanks to an almost-couldn't-miss first half by Georgetown and the team's disruptive press, plus a less than stellar offensive performance by Maryland, the Hoyas routed the Terps, 79-57, and Georgetown now moves on to the Sweet Sixteen. Congratulations, Georgetown. The Hoyas definitely own the local bragging rights for the 2010-2011 season.

For the Terps and their fans, this season is now in the books. When it started out -- way back last fall -- we didn't really know what to expect. Maryland was fielding one of the youngest teams in the nation . . . not a senior to be found, and a freshman class of 5 young prospects, plus a (soon to be crowd favorite) walk-on. As the season progressed, we soon learned we were in for a bumpy ride . . . full of ups and downs. That wasn't surprising with a team this young.

There were high points . . . notably the wins against Duke and Carolina. And there were low points . . . notably the losses to Boston College and Virginia, at home. But none was quite as low as tonight's loss. This one really meant something. The NCAA Tourney is a really special event. So it made losing -- the way the Terps did -- a particularly unfortunate way to end the year.

As fans, we're disappointed. But whatever we're feeling, we know the team and the coaches are feeling much worse. We care about them. So we wish that a season -- one that, for us fans, was more fun than not fun -- could've ended better, especially for their sakes.

But the good news is that everyone on the team will be back. (And, hopefully, Diandra T will have time for a full recovery from the knee injury she sustained tonight.) We can only hope and trust that the young Terps will have learned from all of their experiences this season, the highs and the lows.

And, as the saying goes: Every End is a New Beginning.

Go Terps . . . we can't wait for the 2011-12 season to begin!


At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

painful, painful, painful. props to sugar, who had a hot hand tonight. best wishes to the hoyas as they head on to uconn. thanks bc's for a great season!

At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Congrats to the Hoyas. I was watching on TV and it was sooooo eerie how quiet the Comcast Center was when Diandra went down with that injury. You could hear a pin drop. Well wishes to her for a speedy recovery. Proud to be a Terps fan, still.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a scary moment. You could hear her crying from where I was sitting on the other side of the court.

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Georgetown was a buzz saw---pressure defense, steals and deflections, but I have never ever seen them all shot that well. We have come to expect such fireworks from Ms. Rogers. It seemed every Hoya hit every shot!! And when they did miss, they rebounded!! What a clinic. I hope they continue it against UConn. Congrats Lady Terps. Can't wait to see your growth next season.

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the important thing to remember is that the Terps never gave up and kept fighting to the end. Their spirit is huge, and they showed great character.

It would be good if they could play better teams in the non-conference part of the season. This would help them in the ACC and in the NCAA tournament.

Diandra, our thoughts are with you. We hope your surgery is a great success!

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Young team--I know other teams have young players also but we really had A LOT of young players. I think the future is bright. I really feel like Laurin Mincy is going to be a great player and we will see that next year. Afterall, this year was her first year back after being injured in HS. Of course, AT is a STAR to say the least. I think Kizer really needs to become more consistent though and I hope she can bring that next year. I can't wait to play Georgetown again next year at Comcast again! I agree that a tougher non conference schedule would be good for the Terps so hopefully we won't see as many cream puffs next year in the non conference play.


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