With about 10 minutes remaining in tonight's game, and Maryland leading NC State by roughly 30 points, TV play-by-play announcer Mike Hogewood pronounced the Terps "firmly in control." Of course, immediately after that, the Wolfpack went on a double-digit run. Thanks, Mike.
But Mike was right. At no point in tonight's contest was the outcome ever in doubt. The bigger, stronger, faster, more athletic Terps dominated NC State in practically every statistical category. Given the late hour at which this game started, the BCs (who watched from home) even started writing this post before the game ended . . . something we rarely ever do. That's how confident we were of the final outcome. For the record, Maryland won, 82-60.
The Terps were led by their senior (soon-to-be WNBA first-rounder), Tianna Hawkins. Talk about filling up a stat line! Would you believe 26 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block?! That's just sick. (Not sick like the flu that one of the BCs is still struggling with, but sick like amazing.) Great job, T!
Alyssa Thomas and Tierney Pfirman also finished in double figures. AT, despite a long first half stretch on the bench due to foul trouble, dropped in 18 points, pulled down 7 boards, and served up 6 assists (some of those to Tianna for easy buckets). Tierney finished with 16 points, 6 of them coming on 2 of 4 shots from beyond the arc. Tierney also grabbed 8 rebounds, and had 2 assists and 2 steals. A very good night for this very enthusiastic young freshman. She's already becoming one of the BC's favorites.
So, Maryland records its 4th straight ACC victory of season (5-1 overall). Meanwhile, poor NC State drops to 0-6 in Conference play. Next up, the Terps travel to Atlanta on Sunday for a 3 PM tip-off against their opponent in last season's ACC Tournament final, the always-tough Georgia Tech. Sunday's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. So no excuses for not watching this one.
Go Terps . . . Beat the Yellow Jackets!