After not beating Miami at Comcast since 2009, the Terps (despite serious first half foul trouble) ran the #24/25 ranked 'Canes ragged in the second period and coasted to an easy 84-62 win. Even Maryland's newest addition, Senior Volleyball star Caitlin Adams, got a minute or so of playing time in this evening's blow-out victory.
Fan Appreciation Day . . . $1 tickets, $1 hot dogs, $1 sodas, and a great game. What a deal!
The BCs were really looking forward to seeing tonight's game in person, but that pesky flu bug had other plans for us. Instead of a $1 ticket (and hot dogs!), we shelled out (pun intended) $9.95 for a one-month subscription to Terps TV premium events. So, we did "see" the game on our laptop at home . . . and we definitely enjoyed it. But we're certain the fans at Comcast had an even better time. Games like these are just plain F-U-N when you're in the house. No doubt all the Terps fans headed for home feeling very "appreciated".
And speaking of appreciation, we can't begin to tell you how much we appreciated the play tonight of Freshman PG Chloe Pavlech! With Alicia, Alyssa and T-Hawk all struggling with first half fouls, Chloe's shooting held Miami at bay until reinforcements arrived in the second period. Chloe's previous career high was 10 points; tonight she doubled that, finishing with a game-high 20 points, on 8-11 shooting, including hitting 50% (3-6) from beyond the arc. All this offensive output while still taking very good (veteran-like) care of the basketball for 35 minutes.
The usual suspects, Alyssa and T-Hawk, also played major roles in this dominating win. Each chipped in 18 points, and Tianna added another double-double to her resume, pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Malina Howard also finished in double figures with 10 points.
The BCs want to mention, too, how much we "appreciated" the spark that Katie Rutan provided off the bench. What a tough player! She has a broken nose, she's wearing an uncomfortable face-mask . . . but still she shoots 50% from the field (8 pts), chases down lose balls, plays aggressive defense, and has a couple of dishes and a steal. Twenty-seven minutes of good, solid play tonight -- a big part of why the Terps finished on the winning side of a very lop-sided score.
A good all around team win. Two in a row in Conference play. Maryland's record now stands at 3-1 in the ACC. Hopefully the Terps can build on that when they travel to Virginia Tech on Sunday.
Go Maryland . . . Beat the Hokies!