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Lady Terps Advance in NCAA Tournament

Crofton’s location just 30 minutes from College Park makes it easy to be a college sports fan.  We’ve been University of Maryland football season ticket holders for many years and became Lady Terps basketball fans after seeing them in the NCAA opening rounds at Comcast last season.

Last August, I bought my husband two season tickets for his birthday and this really turned out to be a gift of my time throughout the basketball season.  

What a show those Lady Terps have put on for us!  Seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman played on the 2006 National Championship team and they seem determined to Senior Nightbookend their careers with another win in 2009.  Seeing them nail shots from any distance and any angle is always a thrill, but it’s downright electrifying when they seamlessly change directions, dribble the ball from one hand to the other and behind their back, and make (or receive) passes in a direction they aren’t even looking.  Amazing!  

Maryland’s 78–74 victory over Vanderbilt in the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday was a one-woman show with Marissa Coleman scoring 42 points – a personal and team record.  Vanderbilt led (by as much as 18 points) for most of the game, until Marissa caught fire and carried the team to victory, clinching it with two free throws at 9.6 seconds to go in the game. 

Marissa Coleman, Coach Brenda Frese, and Kristi Toliver,
as seen on the jumbotron during Senior Night ceremonies.

Sharpshooter Kristi Toliver got into early foul trouble in this game and scored “just” 15 points, but she was the player who carried Maryland in the opening round against Dartmouth, when Marissa’s game was cold – at one point having 23 points to the other team’s 23.

Yet others on the team always demonstrate great skills and heart, providing the assists and rebounds to set up Marissa’s and Kristi’s showmanship.  I think we’ll continue to see exciting basketball from the Lady Terps, even after these seniors graduate.

155Tonight’s “Elite Eight” game against Louisville will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m.  If that’s too early for you to sit down and watch T.V., why not Tivo or record it for later?

And may I suggest you get tickets for next year?  They’re so cheap you won’t feel guilty if you miss a game or two – last year’s price was just $65 for a general admission season ticket, and we had no trouble finding great seats.  There’s a reason Maryland sets the attendance record for Women’s Basketball – they’re really fun to watch, parking is easy (although the steps to Comcast are not for the faint-hearted – see the crowd leaving Sunday’s game in this photo), and your sweetie will appreciate the gift of your time.

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