Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Birth-Day! What better present could the Terps have delivered to newborns Markus and Tyler on the day of their birth --not to mention to their Mom, Coach B, and Dad, proud new father Mark Thomas -- than a sweep of Duke? Wow! This is one day in the life of the Thomas-Frese family that they will never forget! And this generation of Terps fans won't easily forget it either . . . mark it on your calendars folks, February 17, 2008.

The birth of the twins trumps everything in importance, but this evening's win over the Blue Devils, 76-69, was also Maryland's first victory in Cameron since 2000, and the first regular-season sweep of the Dookies in 15 long years. (Think about that . . . 15 years from now, M & T will be only a year away from getting their learner's permits . . . that's a loooong time!)

A large, enthusiastic contingent of red-clad Rebounders and other Terps fans traveled to Durham and were there, in person, to help cheer the team to this important victory. As special as that no doubt was, those of us watching at home got a little special treat of our own . . .we had the privilege of seeing Markus and Tyler make their national TV debut during the game, cradled in the arms of their beaming Mother.

As for the game -- well, Lang was virtually unstoppable and led all scorers with 25 points, to which she added 12 rebounds for another double-double. Marissa also had a double-double (15 points, 11 boards). Floor general Kristi Toliver was the focus of Duke's defensive efforts, as pretty much every possession saw her bumped, pushed, pressed, or trapped. KT still managed to run the offense successfully, and contributed 23 points of her own. Harp had 12 points and also made her presence felt under the basket, particularly late in the game when she had a monster block just as Duke was threatening a come back.

And as long as we're recognizing outstanding achievements, we would be remiss if we didn't mention Coach Park. While this is Coach B's special day, Coach Park took the Terps into one of the most hostile arenas in the country and came away with the WIN. Congratulations Coach Park!

A day like today definitely deserves a little bubbly, so the BasketCases will be popping a cork tonight and toasting Markus, Tyler, Coach B, Baby Daddy Mark, Coach Park, and the entire Maryland team.

Happy Birth-day!


At 8:50 PM, Blogger VP81955 said...

A win for the twins! The coach delivered...then the team did.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Bill-DC said...

Always nice to see anything Duke basketball related not only beaten, but swept! Congrats to the Maryland women!

At 2:06 AM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

While I was at the game on Sunday, a blue clad fan approched the bleachers where all the Terps fans were seated (behind the team bench),she was calling out for Ripley. I told her Ripley wasn't there. She came over to me and introduced herself as "Readyaimfire" and had been hoping to meet the you. We chatted for a few minutes. I told her who I was and told her I would let you know she was asking for you. You were missed. What a great trip. Our Ladies beat Duke and Coach B had two baby boys.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Game!!! Thought you might enjoy this

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

REadyaimfire is the person going absolutely bananas on the espn boards about how Marissa Coleman is a taunter, whiner, and seemngly, just a generally poor sport & human being. You should read her posts...they're ridiculous. Did you notice Coleman using "helicopter arms" to clear people out of the post when she rebounded the ball? Or, was my view from tv correct (I believed she was trying to prevent people from crowding & slapping at her - which Duke does have a penchant for)?

At 6:13 PM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

Yes, I have read all she had to say. Very biased comments, if you ask me. She only swung her right arm one time that I saw, as you said, to fend off any muggings from the very physical Dookies. But, that's alright, 'cause everytime Abby Waner handled the ball the Terp fans behind the bench were chanting Abby "Whinner". So I think we're even. I now know, firsthand, why the Duke student section stands throughout the game. The bleacher seating is elementry school size and if you sit down your knees are scraping your chin. Most uncomfortable!



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