Sunday, January 30, 2011

In an Effort to Conserve Time -- since we needed to stop off to do our grocery shopping after today's game -- we decided to write this blog post early . . . before the game, to be honest.

So forgive us if it isn't entirely accurate. (Accuracy is definitely much easier to achieve if you wait until after the game is played.) In any event, this is what we think will happen:

This afternoon at Comcast, Maryland interrupted its regularly scheduled ACC broadcast season to host the Lancers of Longwood University. This was the second half of a home-and-home begun last season (also in the midst of conference play).

Longwood is located in Farmville, Virginia, an actual place that (we think) inspired the popular Facebook game. (Anybody need a cow?) Why the Terps took a break from their ACC schedule to play another cupcake overmatched opponent, we don't know. We thought that part of the schedule wrapped up in November and December. Not so. But even though this game didn't promise to be overly-competitive, Maryland games are always fun, so off we headed to College Park this afternoon.

Last year, in Farmville (the real town, not FarmVille, the virtual one), the Terps crushed the Lancers, 85-40. Today, with the Terps playing at home, we expected no less of a rout. And we were not disappointed, as the Lancers, once again, were no match for the B.A.D. (Big, Athletic & Deep) Maryland Terps. Final score, [enter score here].

Super frosh Alyssa Thomas continued her string of double-digit games, finishing with [enter number] points, and Lynetta Kizer rebounded (literally and figuratively) from her single-point outing on Friday against Wake Forest, adding [enter number] points and grabbing [enter number] boards this afternoon. As in their last game, Maryland got contributions from many players today. [Enter names and details]

And once more, the entire Terps' bench saw significant minutes, including Sequoia. But unlike her last outing, this afternoon, Sequoia actually drained a 3-point shot (We hope.) [revise this if necessary].

Next (returning to their regularly scheduled conference games), Maryland travels to Atlanta on Thursday to face the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech at 7 PM. GT is currently in [enter number] place in the ACC with a record of [enter numbers] (their only loss coming at the hands of Duke). So the Terps' next opponent will be no cupcake. The Jackets are a fast, athletic team that loves to press. It should be a challenging game for the Terps, who will be looking to keep their ACC win-streak alive and continue their climb up the conference standings. Unfortunately, this game will not be not televised, so the BCs will be relegated to watching those little triangular virtual players bounce and shoot on Gametracker. What fun!

Go Terps . . . Beat the Yellow Jackets!

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(5:41 PM) Back from the grocery shopping . . . the food's put away. So how'd we do?

Well, as we expected, Longwood was no match for Maryland. As predicted, the Terps routed the Lancers, winning by a final score of 84-38. The margin of victory would have been far greater had the Terps' starters played starter-minutes.

Also as we expected, super frosh Alyssa Thomas again reached double figures in scoring, putting up 14 points --in only 17 minutes on the court. Playing just one minute longer (18), Lynetta Kizer did indeed bounce back from her 1-point game on Friday night, scoring 15 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

And, as they did on Friday night (and as we expected), numerous Terps made contributions to today's win. In particular, Alicia DeVaughn, off the bench, made good use of her extra playing time (23 minutes), leading all scorers with 16 points (tying her career high), and falling just shy of double-double with 9 rebounds.

We did blow it in our hopeful prediction of a basket from beyond the arc for Sequoia. While that didn't happen, Sequoia did have one very nice play where she got out on transition and finished the layup. 2 points! She was also perfect from the charity stripe, hitting both of her free throw attempts. So she had a good game even if she didn't drain a long ball.

All in all, we think we did pretty well considering that we wrote today's game report before the game even started. However, with the Terps now returning to ACC play, the games from here on out become far more unpredictable. Guess we'll just have to wait until the final buzzer to write our posts for the rest of the season!

BTW, the Terps' next opponent, Georgia Tech, now has a second loss, as they were beaten in OT this afternoon by Miami, dropping the Yellow Jackets to 6-2 in the ACC, but still ahead of the 4-2 Terps.


At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Kim play? I don't see her name in the box score. She isn't hurt, is she? Do the BC's know.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Kim did not warm up nor did she play. She seemed a little stiff when walking; perhaps the after-effects of the hard fall she took during Friday's game. We hope it's nothing serious and that she's back on Thursday.

-- BC

At 11:41 PM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

Kim is fine. She was just resting her knee so, she'll be able to play all out the next 8 games. At least that's the word that was going around on the bench side of the lower level stands.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! We def need her defense and experience.

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we are still awaiting word on Yemi? I miss her - I hope she'll be back!

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did she go? Hopefully she didn't leave the team. ??

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's give a little shout out to the violin ensemble that performed the National Anthem! They are right up there with hair guy as my favorites to lead off the game!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

We totally agree about the kids who played the Anthem on their violins; they were great! And had we not written our blog post before the game, we'd have given them a special BCs shout-out!

We agree about "hair guy" as well. (Assuming you mean Spencer.) He's terrific, and we've told him so.

-- BC

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kara Lawson gave out Terps a shout out at halftime of the horrible Duke/Unconn game last night. Also AT. Way to go Terps--back it up on Thursday against GATech!

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice of Ms. Lawson to recognize the Terps...And I actually felt sorry for the devils. What an awful display on national TV! I think UConn was thrilled to get to defeat an undefeated team!!

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was actually rooting for Duke just because they are ACC and I didn't want them to embarrass our conference. Oh well, they embarrassed our conference by that horrible display of offense. And I NEVER thought I would root for Duke. Hopefully they play that bad against us the next time we play them. lol


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