Terps Assistant Coach Daron Park was asked that question by Dee Liles when he canvassed his players for a "fit-for-families" joke he could tell to kick off the Rebounders' post-game social today. Coach Park's answer: "I don't know, Dee, why can't they?" To which Dee replied, "Because they're dead, Coach." Duh!
Sometimes, the obvious answer is also the correct one. And so the BasketCases have a question for our readers: "Why did Maryland beat Rutgers today?" The answer is: "Because Maryland's a lot better." Obviously. Duh!
Perhaps the biggest compliment came from Rutgers Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer, who said after the game: "I thought Maryland played better defense than I have seen them play. They were aggressive . . . . and they put pressure on us as a group." When C. Viv has good things to say about your team's defense, well, that's music to Coach B's ears!
Once again, the one-two punch of Seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver helped Maryland score another home knockout -- the 32d in a row! (Second longest home winstreak in the nation -- behind UConn.) 'Rissa led all scorers with 22 points (including 12 of 14 free throws). She also pulled down 10 boards, adding another double-double to her career stats. Kristi Toliver kinda had an off night (just kidding, LOL!). KT finished with only 18 points, and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.
Given the way these two have played since the moment they set foot in College Park, the BIG news announced at halftime today was very welcome, but hardly surprising: At Senior Night on Friday, February 27th, following the Terps' final regular season home game (against Boston College), they will honor Kristi's and Marissa's jerseys by raising their numbers to the rafters, to join those of their National Championship teammates -- Shay, Lang, and Harp. It's going to be very rough bidding au revoir to these to these two very very special players . . . the last two members of that very very special team. Hanky please!