Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Last Time Duke lost a game at home to an ACC opponent was way back on February 17, 2008. The opponent was Maryland, and that day just also happened to be the day on which Coach B's twin sons, Markus and Tyler, were born. What a great birth-day present!

With Coach B's father celebrating his 80th birthday today, the BCs were hoping that the Terps could deliver a similar present on the road at Duke again. But not this year, as the Blue Devils defeated Maryland this afternoon, 80-72.

It's tough to play in Cameron, and though the Terps played tough, it just wasn't quite enough. The Blue Devils outrebounded Maryland, 35-27 . . . and they put up more points. And so Duke won. It was hard-fought, but still a loss for the Terps (albeit only their second of the year and only their second of the ACC season). Today's game was not what we were hoping for, but it was exciting all the same. We're already looking forward to the rematch at Comcast on February 19th.

Since her team lost, we're pretty sure her individual stat line won't matter much to Super Soph Alyssa Thomas. She's all about the winning. However, it wasn't lost on the BCs that AT did.everything.possible to get her first win at Cameron. AT played the entire game, she tied her career high of 26 points (and led all scorers), she notched a double-double (10 boards), she stole the ball 4 times, and she dished out 3 assists. She did everything but hand out the water bottles. Unfortunately, she'll have to wait another year for a shot at beating Duke at Cameron.

Two other Terps also finished in double figures -- Tianna Hawkins (17) and Lynetta Kizer (12).

The Terps return home now, to face Virginia Tech on Thursday at 7 PM.

Go Terps! . . . Beat the Hokies!


At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spent today watching Ravens and Lady Terps - heartbreaking on both counts!! At least the Terps live to fight another day. Great effort by the ladies. The announcers mentioned that Tyler was in the hospital fighting an infection.
Wish him the best.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Williams is scary good: only a freshman and she's leading the ACC in blocked shots, #3 in rebounding (Tianna is #1), and #8 in scoring (Alyssa is #1; Laurin is #9).

Given that our strength is supposed to be underneath, we need some serious analysis to avoid duplicating today: Tianna had four rebounds, Alicia had three, and Lynetta one(!). We can't falter like this in the paint and still expect to succeed against the likes of Baylor, ND, Stanford, or UConn. The road to the championship is going to lead right through the middle of those four.

And I have the funny feeling that Elizabeth Williams is going to have a powerful say about who gets to the Final Four. In case you hadn't noticed, Notre Dame just barely scraped by Duke back in November: 56-54. This is the same ND team that has already beaten UConn this year.

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like to see Mincy more consistent in her games. To beat the top teams we need both of them to do well.

At 3:58 PM, Blogger fr mike said...

It was a well fought game. GO DCBCs! See you again in February!

At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree on Mincy. Both at Miami and Duke, she had very poor shooting performances. I hope to see her drive more to the basket. She lights out at the line so she should drive more when her jumper is off. Against the top teams, we need AT and Mincy to score.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we can be 9-2 going in to play Miami, I will be very happy. Let's see how their focus is for the next 4 games. And then hopefully we get some revenge.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

This Duke fan was just as impressed with this Maryland team as I thought I'd be -- most especially of course AT. What a warrior!

Unlucky for you guyz, this was the best Duke has played all season and the best offensive showing by a Duke team under Coach McCallie.

Just so you know, I'm very much 'fearing the turtle' when the Devils travel to College Park. The pressure on Brenda to be 5 hrs away from her son in the hospital had to be tremendous and I'd don't look forward to having her motivating the Terps to exact revenge, since hopefully Tyler will be healthy again by then.

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue/Durham--you've got your own up and coming star in E Williams. Like AT, she is a beast. Very impressed with her. That was the best game Duke has played all year. Hats off to you guys--you did what you were supposed to do--win at home against another top team in the conference. Hope my Terps can return the favor next month. :) I am pulling for you guys against UCONN! The one and only time I root for Duke.

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

Nice to see us all singing around the campfire here...yes, we at Duke feel lucky to have EWill on our team as well as Chelsea Gray. This is by far the best - and most entertaining - Duke team since Coach G left.

Glad to hear you're rooting for us vs UConn. Not sure how much it'll help...but we can hope. Looking forward to watching Liz go up against the "second best center in the country." (Dolson) Time to put that [insert expletive] statement to rest.

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Choke, splutter: you mean the center who scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds while holding Britney Greiner to 25 pts. and 9 rebounds in UConn's loss to Baylor? Give her credit: she got 10 rebounds against Notre Dame, who don't even have a true center.

But there may be bad news from the Terps' game tonight: my spy reports that Alyssa is sporting a cast on her hand and is in sweats. The ESPN box score confirms that she did not start and has not entered the game with half the first half gone.

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Embarrasing loss to VaTech. It's time to start questioning Brenda Frese. There is no excuse for a Top 10 team to lose to a struggling team at home. The NC was nice but it was 6 years ago.


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