Thursday, December 08, 2011

It's Well Known that, at some point during each Maryland player's career, Coach B tries her best to schedule a game in or near the player's hometown.

But what about the local players? Like Marissa Coleman, for example. Did Coach B just load the team on a bus, circle the parking lot a few times, then announce, "Marissa, you're home!"? We've always wondered about that.

This year's Maryland roster sports four "homers" who live only modest distances from Comcast . . . Lynetta Kizer (Woodbridge VA, 34 miles), Tianna Hawkins (Clinton MD, 22 miles), Brene Moseley (Burtonsville MD, 9 miles) and Sequoia Austin (Occupy College Park Greenbelt MD, ~3 miles).

However, if there is such a thing as a special hometown game for any of these four, then tonight's Terps v. Delaware State game was definitely "it" for Tianna. Tonight, all four locals had friends and family in the stands, but Tianna actually had family on the court . . . her twin sister, Tierra!

6'3" Tianna (aka Big Twin) and 6'2" Tierra (aka Little Twin) are fraternal twins; Tianna is a few minutes older. Little Twin is a redshirt freshman for the DSU Hornets and leads her team in scoring and rebounding. Tianna and Tierra played together in high school at Riverdale Baptist, are very close, and before this evening had rarely faced off against each other on the court. In this pre-game article in The Diamondback by Josh Vitale, the twins shared their excitement about tonight's game. (**Fact check note to Josh: DSU competes in NCAA Division I, not II as stated in the article**)

In the Hornets' Media Guide, when Tierra was asked to name her favorite basketball team (excluding DSU, naturally), unlike most of her teammates who chose teams like the LA Lakers, Tierra listed her favorite team as the "Maryland Terps." Good choice.

After tonight's game, in which the Terps drubbed the over-matched Hornets, 108-33 (ouch!), we hope that Tierra will still list the Terps as her favorite team in next season's DSU Media Guide.

Next up for the Terps is an "away" game at George Mason on Sunday at 2 PM.

Go Terps . . . beat the Patriots!


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

It was great to see T & T go against each other...and mom had a half Terps/half Hornets T-shirt with Hawkins on the back. T-Hawk II got a nice round of applause when introduced.

But are they really twins? Tierra is listed as a Freshman according to the DSU website and looked quite a bit younger that T-Hawk I.

Either way, it was fun to see them play and guard each other. I was joking to my seatmates that I was waiting for them to pass the ball to each other by mistake at least once....didn't happen though.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...nevermind, i missed the Redshirt.... (:

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was Kim Rodgers tonigt?

At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sequoia was great!

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim was there but resting--minor injury.

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Basketcases
In addition to your wonderful commentary, I love your photo choices!!!

And now I want a good bagel too!!!

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Anjale and Whitney? They, too, did not play.

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anjale started and played. Whitney hit knees with an AU player over the weekend and was resting it.

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder of these games help or hurt. by not playing competition early on it really can give a false sense of security. yes...we beat michigan...just barely and georgetown but when you have the top recruiting classes you want to see how the thoroughbreds can run against their peers. lets see how this plays out come acc away games.

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. THe start of the ACC season is going to be incredibly though. Are we really prepared? I'm not sure. Good thing is we will play Deleware who will push us so maybe that will help prepare us for what is about to come. We really do have the toughest ACC schedule--when I looked at it--all I could say was wow...TOUGH.

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