Sunday, November 11, 2007

Worth the Trip!

Whenever you travel to a game that you could easily watch on TV at home, you wonder whether it'll be worth the trip. As these happy fans can attest, today the trip was definitely worth it!
Fans weren't the only ones on the road today . . . Among the many Terp family members in the house were new Terp Drey Mingo's Mom, Brother and Uncle. The BasketCases had the pleasure of making their acquaintance. We're so glad that Drey (and they) are now part of the Terrapin family. The Terrapin's Number 1, Crystal Langhorne, finally made her season debut, after being benched by a bad ankle in the Team USA exhibition and the home opener against Princeton. She's not yet in her best form, but her presence and leadership were very welcome additions to today's game. Laura on Courtney . . . USA U21 teammates facing off. Every game she plays, Harp's WNBA stock just keeps rising! Today she put up another double double -- 16 points and 11 boards. Coach B's first roadtrip of the season . . . a great success! Laura: "Shoot it Marah!" And she did. The rookie notched her first national TV start and scored 14 points. She's a keeper!
Of course, the player of the game had to be Marissa Coleman . . . 20 points (including one highlight reel in-the-air tip-in off a KT lob! wow!) and 12 boards. Kristi, by the way, also had another double double -- 16 points and a remarkable 11 assists. And, for the third game in a row, Kristi hit a buzzer beater to end the first half. Other big contributors to the win today were Coach B's new Assistant Coaches, Daron Park and Diane Richardson, here giving some pointers to Marissa and Jade.

We assume that if you weren't here in Chapel Hill you saw the game on TV, so we won't say much more, except that the team looked great, it was a fun afternoon, and the win was really bigger than the 10-point margin at the end. The Terps now get one day of rest before they meet Delaware in the second round of the WNIT at Comcast on Tuesday at 7pm.

Before we sign off, we want to hand out a special dyslexia award to the Tar Heels. Prior to the game, the Maryland and Oklahoma fans took the seats that North Carolina had assigned us, behind the two benches, only to learn when the teams took the court that the Maryland team was sitting in front of the Oklahoma fans, and the Sooners were sitting in front of the Terp fans. Way to go, Heels!

Photo Credits: DC BasketCases


At 3:57 PM, Blogger posting-up said...

The Terp-Sooner game was terrific! They made the #6 team look like the #12 team, and Marissa was amazing. We were saddended to see the (almost) empty arena, though! Such good basketball performed to a smattering of die-hard fans! Thanks to the BCs, and others, who made the trip to NC.


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