Friday, February 27, 2009

Time To Say Goodbye

Tonight, sadly, the regular season curtain falls at Comcast on an extraordinary four-year performance: the Maryland Women's Basketball Class of 2009, the winningest class in school history, the class that helped bring Maryland its first National Championship.

Those of us who have had the very great privilege -- and enormous pleasure and fun -- of watching Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman since they stepped onto the court in the fall of 2005 will never, ever forget the experience. And while it's clear from our glimpse of the next generation of Terps this year that there will be plenty of great Maryland basketball in the seasons to follow, the excitement of that first Natty can never be repeated. The first time is always a special time, and Kristi and Marissa are just simply special . . . period. Their careers and their extraordinary success as Terps have been so intertwined that it's fitting that they will be jointly honored tonight by the raising of their jersey numbers into the rafters, to hang alongside those of their Championship teammates, Shay, Crystal, and Laura. We cannot thank each of them enough for giving us, Terps fans, so much joy over the past four years. We can't believe (or, to be truthful, don't want to believe) that it's almost time to say goodbye to the final two members of that amazing team.

But before the tears begin, there's still basketball to be played. The Boston College Eagles are no parakeets. They played the Terps tough up in Chestnut Hill on February 9th, and Maryland barely escaped with a 4-point victory. BC's two bigs, 6'4" Stefanie Murphy and 6'6" Carolyn Swords, are an imposing frontcourt, and Lynetta Kizer and Dee Liles will have their work cut out for them. And undoubtedly, as was the case on the 9th, it will take another strong performance from our seniors if Kristi and Marissa are to close out their Comcast Center careers with a win and keep Maryland's impressive home win-streak intact.

See you at 7 PM. Bring signs. Prepare to BE LOUD. And don't forget the kleenex!

Media Notes . . . The Post's Camille Powell and the Times's Mike Fratto preview Senior Night here and here.


At 10:54 AM, Blogger JPNtheHUN said...

Ok, so I get weepy just reading this! I truly hope KT and MC know how very, very much they mean to all of us and how much we appreciate and love them. What remarkable young women they are! Think it may be a two box night on the kleenex front.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Kris said...

You know it's going to be an emotional night when I wake up for work this morning at 9am and almost immediately start crying thinking about KT and Riss leaving us tonight.

I still remember being a junior at Delaware watching the championship game and going absolutely crazy when they won and my roommate just staring at me like I had lost my mind.

Are you sure they don't have another year left?

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, it's very sad to consider that tonight is the last home game for MC & KT. I am doubly sad that I will not be able to be in my usual seat (due to my own academic duties) to bid these fabulous young women adieu....

Thank you Kristi & Marissa! You're both outstanding examples of what it is to be a Terp!

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KT and Marissa have been truly amazing to watch over the past 4 years. I want to thank them for choosing MD over the other schools and truly putting the program on the map! They will be missed.

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will see both of them at Verizon Center again-playing in the WNBA!!!
Thanks for continuing Maryland's proud tradition of Lady Terps who are great students, great winners and, most of all, great people.

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good win tonight, led by Guess Which Two on Senior Night?

Trap game Sunday - go and get it! GO TERPS!!!

PS. As far as I know, should we, um, end up in a 3-way tie for 1st place at the end of Sunday night, I believe we hold tiebreakers on everybody. (Like I said, AFAIK, assuming the ACC uses the same tiebreak procedure for men's and women's tournament seeding.)


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