Monday, February 11, 2013


We Hate It when Maryland loses to Duke, as they did this evening at Cameron, 71-56, in a game nationally televised by ESPN.

Tough night for both Tianna and AlyssaT-Hawk was held to just 6 points.  And though AT finished with a double-double (14 points and 12 boards), she was only 4-19 from the floor.  Tougher night for Coach B, who was ejected for picking up two technicals during a second half timeout -- while ESPN was on a commerical break, so we can't tell you exactly what happened there, but it couldn't have been pretty.

In any event, the Terps lost by a fairly substantial margin.  And though we give credit to the Devils for being the better team tonight, we can't keep from wondering . . . what if, if only, Maryland, like Duke, had been at full strength -- and healthy.  What a game this would have been.

14 Comments:

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huge respect for the team and the Coach. Glad she put her foot down on some of the egregious no-calls, even if it led to a double T and ejection. Go Terps!

Oh and Louisville, coached by boy genius walz, got blown out by Notre Dame (lost by 29). I'm glad we kept the real coach.

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

Regarding the "no-calls" I was sitting under the basket and had a good look. From my vantage point, Duke was not favored by the officials.

Now, regarding injuries, it's clear that Maryland suffered the lion's share of injuries, but saying that Duke is "full strength" is misleading. Richa Jackson is a shadow of the player from a year ago, when she tore her ACL. Liz Williams is not yet 100% (though she's approaching), and Amber Henson has yet to play a game. Duke was hit on the inside while most of the Maryland injuries were the starting backcourt.

Looking forward to the re-match in College Park.

Cheers!

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Yeah... sorry, 12:29 (and our esteemed hostesses), but I thought Duke got the short end of the stick on most calls. And that Brenda should have been teched long before she lost it.

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/wp/2013/02/12/brenda-frese-im-always-going-to-fight-for-our-players/

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all of this is nice but simpily put our stars did"nt play up to there stars and we got beat congts Duke see you on the 24th

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

Thank you BC's for airing our comments on your blog - mighty nice of you. Now, I have to say that after viewing the pics on DWHoops, I no longer feel the calls/no-calls favored Maryland as much as I did previously. Since I'm every bit as passionate as the Terp coach, I might have also gotten T'd up at the no-call on Chelsea Gray's moving screen on Alyssa Thomas. In my profession, I have received a similar result for similar behavior (fighting for my clients who are treated unfairly).

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about Coach Frese's reaction to Gray's moving screen. Its funny how no one mentions that on the other message boards like Rebkells but I'm not surprised given they seem to enjoy criticizing coach Frese whenever they can. Why do these folks dislike her so much? I've seen other comments in past seasons and there seems to be alot of dislike directed her way. Don't understand.

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another note isn't it great to see our Terp alum being signed by the WNBA teams. Kristi was a no brainer and we knew there was no way LA would let her get away. However, I was glad to see Phoenix keep Kizer and the recent signing of Laura Harper to Indiana. Its still early and of course there are no guarantees but it sure is great to see other team recognize their value and talent.

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

As a Duke fan, I will try to answer your question about dislike of Coach Frese. The quote I saw on the online WaPo sums it up in which she defends her tirade that led to the technical as "I will always protect my players from situations likely to produce injury." In fact the play (and no-call on the moving screen) had minimal chance of injury. She was upset about the no-call, pure and simple. There were a lot of no-calls on rough play that could easily have led to injury and that favored each team fairly equally, though Duke players were more often sent flying into chairs, cameras, etc. It's that manipulation of the facts to excuse out of control behavior that makes her an easy butt of jokes. Please take no offense - I'm hoping you really wanted an answer to your question of why do people dislike Coach Frese.

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you explain why you view it as a "manipulation of facts" for her to have gotten very upset about a bush league and dangerous play that could have hurt one of our best players in a season where we barely have enough players to suit up a team? Are you in her head? Or, is it possible that, from your vantage point as a Duke fan (or, for others who adopt this viewpoint, fan of x school) you just disagree with her reaction? I guess what I am trying to say is that your explanation doesn't really explain anything. But even assuming that it did explain the extreme disdain for Coach Frese, can you explain why Frese is condemned more than many others for a response that seems commonplace among coaches (see Walz, Jeff as one example of someone whose antics are far more offensive)?

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. I appreciate your response about Coach Frese and why some dislike her. I was curious because I am a Terp fan. I didn't see the play involving Alyssa so I can't comment. I guess my only thing is that for a coach that some seem to think is out of control this is the first time she's receive a double-tech and was thrown out of a game. Every game I've seen her coach she is animated and involved from the tip off. I just think that is her coaching style. She's not one to sit on the bench. She's always up shouting out instructions. I watched the game on TV and it appeared to me that both teams were equally physical. Of course you can be more physical when you have more bodies on the bench. I guess everyone has a coach that they love to hate.

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Sue/Durham said...

Anonymous 7:29: I thought I answered your question in my post. In my opinion (after multiple viewings of the incident), the play that led to Coach BF's reaction and double technical was definitely NOT dangerous or likely to produce injury. This is what makes her statement manipulative - this play (and no-call) gave Duke an advantage but it was not likely to injure the Terp. Coach BF was clearly upset about the no-call and Duke advantage of that particular no-call but there was no injury threat. This has nothing to do with any other coaches as Maryland is/was a conference rival. NOTE: this is one example of manipulation by Coach BF. Please remember I'm answering a question.

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem, Sue, is that your purported answer does not provide a rationale for your hatred of Coach Frese. You think it does and so I'll just leave it at that (and continue to be befuddled at your irrationality).

You might want to contemplate worrying about your own coach, who is getting increasingly easy to dislike and root against. Despite my disdain for your coach, sorry to her about your player (don't like players to get hurt - I leave that to Duke fans like ReadyAimFire - and I was hoping to win against your team at full strength). Hopefully she'll recover quickly and completely.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/wp/2013/02/16/dukes-mike-krzyzewski-joanne-p-mccallie-have-harsh-words-for-maryland/?tid=pm_pop

 
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