Due to Technical Difficulties . . .
The BCs confess we didn't get to see, hear or follow via live stats as much of tonight's Terps game against the Delaware Blue Hens as we had planned, or would have liked. (In fact, there were a few bad words uttered in the BCs' household . . . fortunately, no children were present.)
What we do know is that Maryland was playing on the road, in Newark, in front of a sell-out (record-setting) crowd. We also know that everybody's All-American pick, Elena Delle Donne, did play tonight for the Hens, after missing several games due to a recurrance of Lyme disease.
Maryland led at the break by 7; but, frankly, we have very little idea what transpired in the first half. Technical difficulties! The second half was a little better. We actually had a working audio feed for most of it: The Terps pulled out to a double-digit lead; Delaware closed to 3 on an EDD 3-pointer about 8 minutes into the second period. But, after that too-close-for-comfort Delaware run, the Terps regrouped and simply continued to create separation (as a top 10 team should) throughout the final twelve mintues. At game's end, the Terps had won, 69-53.
Maryland was led by their dynamic duo of Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas. (What else is new?) Both added double-doubles, in more ways than one. T-Hawk finished with 16 points (hitting 50% of her FGs) and pulled down 16 boards. AT, meanwhile, scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. 16-16, 13-13, double-double-doubles! Game-high scoring honors, though, went to EDD, who notched 19 points (pretty impressive for a player just returning to her team's line-up) but she only hit 7-23 from the floor.
The Terps also got a big bump from Katie Rutan (or "ROO-tin" as the radio announcers called her) off the bench tonight. Katie was 3-5 from behind the arc (60%, wow!) and 5-8 overall. She finished with 13 points. Also, freshman PG Chloe Pavlech had another "veteran" outing: 5 assists, 3 steals, 8 points . . . and only a single turnover! Talk about "stepping up"! We know it's a sports cliche, but this kid has really "stepped up" her game since Brene and Laurin were lost for the season.
We know there was a bus-load of Rebounders and a whole lot of other Maryland fans who traveled to Newark for tonight's game. A 16-point win should make that drive back down I-95 a whole lot more pleasant. Maybe when they get home, they can add a few words, since we saw and heard so little of this one. We know it ended well for Maryland, however, and that's the most important thing.
Luckily, next time out, the Terps play at home. So, barring a traffic issue or some other unexpected problem, the BCs should get to see Maryland's next game . . . live. No technology involved.