Won and Done
Terps fans have seen more than a few cupcakes this season, but tonight, in the final game of the Terrapin Classic, with #5 Maryland
playing #19 Delaware
, there were no cupcakes in uniform . . . only some very talented basketball players. If you wanted cupcakes, the only place to find them was before the game, up in Heritage Hall, where the Terps hosted a holiday party for season ticket-holders, complete with a bake-off competition loaded with yummy entries. The BCs sampled plenty, so we can attest to their yumminess with full authority.
While we enjoyed the pregame treats, we didn't need any sugar to get revved up about this evening's contest. Two ranked, undefeated teams facing off in front of a big, enthusiastic crowd; nearly 9,000 fans (including Lang
and even Alana Beard
) . . . most wearing red, but with a healthy representation of Delaware blue. And the game itself did not disappoint. It was forty minutes of exciting, hard fought basketball, played in an atmosphere similar to that of ACC-rivalry games. In other words, it was great!
Early in the first half, the two teams were separated by no more than one or two possessions. Finally, Maryland began to pull away, only to see the Hens battle back. At halftime, with the Terps up by one point, it was still anybody's game. Maryland, and Alicia DeVaughn
in particular, had done a great job helping to contain Delaware's Elena Delle Donne
, the nation's top scorer (and a fixture on everybody's All-American list). EDD
was held to to just 8 points, while Maryland's Alyssa Thomas
put up 17 points in those first 20 minutes.
For the Terps, the second half was truly a team affair
. If the first half was fueled by Alyssa's
offense, then the second belonged to Laurin Mincy
and Anjale Barrett
. Although the Blue Hens took an early second half lead, it was short-lived, as Anj
helped her teammates remain composed, and Laurin's
fireworks helped light up the scoreboard. The Terps regained the advantage and never looked back.
Superstars almost always get their points, and EDD
truly is a superstar. After an 8-point first period, she scored 24 points in the second half (for a game-high 32 points). However, it wasn't quite enough to pull out a victory for her Blue Hens, as Maryland won, 85-76
played all 40 minutes, as did the Terps' Alyssa Thomas
. These two players are warriors. Seeing them both giving everything they've got for their teams . . . that's what makes basketball such an exciting (and fun) sport. Super Soph Alyssa
finished with 23 points (and 9 boards) and was named tournament MVP, but the Terps' team-high scoring honors went to (another Super Soph) Laurin
, who put up 25 points (a career high . . . including 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc), while Anjale
also finished in double figures (16) and dished out 8 assists.
With tonight's game, the Terps are now done with the non-conference portion of their schedule, and what better way to bring this part of the season to a close --a big win against a tough opponent, to remain undefeated (13-0) heading into the ACC season. Conference play will test the Terps night in and night out. (There are no cupcakes.) We loved how the team rose to the challenge presented today by the previously undefeated Blue Hens. The Terps have the toughest conference schedule of any team in the ACC this season. Let's hope this important win provides some momentum to help Maryland continue its winning ways, beginning Monday, when they travel to Tallahassee to begin conference play on the road against Florida State
.Go Terps . . . Beat the 'Noles!Photo Credit: DC BasketCases