Saturday, November 19, 2011


The BCs thought about road-tripping up to Baltimore tonight for the Terps' game against the UMBC Retrievers, but when we thought about the greenhouse gas effect of a round trip drive from Virginia to Charm City (not to mention the cost of gas), we decided it would be environmentally more responsible to spend $5.95 to watch the game on-line. Watching the game, though, we were happy to see that a healthy contingent of red-clad Terps fans had made the trip.

As things turned out, we wound up envying those fans (for a while, at least), as they did not suffer whiplash from 40 minutes of following the action via the herky-jerky movements of the Retrievers' video cam operator. If the BCs are wearing neck braces the next time you see us, don't ask, you'll know why.

The video wasn't the only thing off-kilter tonight -- the Terps weren't very steady, either. Although they won, 70-59, they struggled against UMBC throughout most of the game, and for a little while there, we thought the margin of victory might only be single digits. UMBC deserves a lot of credit for their gutsy performance tonight. The Retrievers were playing a team with more talent, and they pushed the Terps hard. The Dogs earned a moral victory, if not an actual "W."

Three Terps finished in double figures. Tianna Hawkins had another monster performance. T-Hawk posted a double-double by halftime, ending with a game-high 19 points and grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds by the final buzzer. Super Frosh Brene Moseley added 14 points and 5 assists. Lynetta Kizer -- back from her suspension -- played in her first game of the season, and finished in double figures with 12 points. Netta did not start either half. She entered the game with 11:45 left in the first half and played significant, but somewhat limited, minutes.

This was the Terps' first road game of the season. It's always harder to play away from home. We're sure the coaches have been telling them that all week. But sometimes seeing -- and experiencing -- is believing. Hopefully, tonight's harder-than-expected win will be a valuable learning experience for the young Terps team. Maryland will need to play a lot better on the road than they did tonight if they are going to have a successful ACC season. The BCs have every confidence that they will.

Next up . . . a game on Tuesday at Comcast against St. Joseph's from the Atlantic-10 at 7 PM. FYI, former Terp Natasha Cloud transferred to St. Joe's this summer -- a school very close to her home -- in order to support family members struggling with serious medical issues. Tash is redshirting this season, so while it's possible she'll be in the house on Tuesday, don't expect to see her take the court against her old teammates.

Go Terps . . . Beat the Hawks!


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

Poor, poor shooting night for the Terps. I hope someone tells Mincy not to settle for those jumpers so much. 7 or her 10 shots were from the 3. She can drive and score or drive and dish more. She has the skill set to do that.

Hawkins--wow, she is really having a great start. Her effort, how hard she plays, is truly impressive.

Mosley--could be a star in the making. Interesting playing her with Barrett more and more. I'm impressed with her also. We will need her scoring at the guard position for sure.


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