Monday, December 03, 2012

Don't Give Up

The BCs are really proud of the Terps tonight.  No, they didn't win the game.  But, in the true spirit of the Jimmy V Classic, they fought hard, and they never gave up.

On the road, in an arena full of vocal blue-clad UConn fans, with a national TV audience looking in, the short-handed Maryland team, whose starting line-up has twice this fall been thrown into disarray by season-ending injuries, gave the #2 ranked team in the country its best shot, before falling 63-48.

A 15-point loss may seem like a lot, until you look at how the Huskies have performed prior to tonight. In their six previous games this season, UConn has scored an average of 92 points; their average margin of victory has been 49 points; they beat two other top-25 teams by more than 30 points each (#16 Texas A&M lost by 31 and #14 Purdue lost by 34).  Maryland, reduced to a bench of just eight players, gave the likely Final-Four-bound Huskies their most competitive game of the year.  There's no reason for the never-give-up Terps to hang their heads. 

And now that this game is behind them, Coach B and her players can begin their most important job --  proving to the rest of the ACC that Eight is Enough.  Conference play tips off on Thursday against UVA.

Go Terps . . . Beat the Cavs!


At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never thought I would utter these words but that was a respectable loss. Feelin the old skool reference to Eight is Enough. That was one of my favorite shows back in the day. Looking forward to the game against UVA on Thursday. Go Terps!

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really proud of the Terps - never gave up in true Terp spirit. Go Terps!

At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm proud. I also know AT's game won't be the same this year and for that I feel bad. Feel bad for Hawkins as I know unlike the others, this is her last yr. But again, very proud of this team for fighting. Can you imagine us healthy?! Next yr! I look forward to seeing everyone develop this year.

Looking forward to Thursday!! UVA will be tough so thevTerps need support!!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest part of reading through the UConn fans' comments is that their general (dismissive) attitude is that the Terps would have been destroyed if we'd been healthy because UConn would have tried harder! My goodness, some of those fans are really something (and I don't mean something good).

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may not have been a true benchmark game because we had 2 starters out. I get that. However, Connecticut is in a world of their own at this juncture - healthy terps or not. There is not such thing as a "hard fought" victory/loss. Look folks - the turnover margin was horrendous but it is not a new problem for us over the years. Yes. I get it. We are all proud but a 15 point loss with our "best player" almost getting shut out is unacceptable. Yes. We will get better and we played freshman but others will get better as well. Every single year we talk about turnovers and it is our undoing. May I remind you we did lose to St. Francis with Mincy on board and last year we were killed by Notre Dame. This is not the year you think it may become. And yes...I have been a season ticket holder for a a while. Just don't get the philosophy that we have no or little criticism of our coaching and our out of control play. If you want to play with the big dogs and win championships and not just be in the middle of the pack you better figure it out soon. Mediocre is not good enough.

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And may I remind you that Elite Eight isn't mediocre!

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 1249 PM: I have to disagree that the results over the last 10 years have been mediocre. I do agree that there is (and has been) a problem with turnovers. Here's what I don't get--and this is a legitimate question, not an attack--how can the coaches help the kids not to throw the ball away? Is the issue needing to work on certain kinds of drills or something else? Because from my vantage point, I see it as more of an execution issue, not a coaching issue. Kind of like the guys in the NFL who commit penalty after penalty (yes, the coach takes the blame, but that's b/c the buck always stops you know where). I would love to see the issue remedied and I have to say that we played really good defense last night (had we had a full strength team, I think the game turns out differently or at least a lot closer).

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am tired of the turnovers also--and I think with Mosely this year, we would have been much better.

I also agree that games like the one last year against ND are not acceptable. Also the fact that after we won the championship, we never got back to the final 4 with that team.

Honestly, I thought this yr we had a legit shot. I believe Mosely is that good. AT clearly can't play at the 1 or 2. The only game this yr she has played in her correct position was against Nebraska and she rocked. Her game will suffer this yr because of the injuries.

At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we lost to st. joe's, not st. francis. they beat us, so they get the respect of being referred to by their correct name.


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