Marissa Coleman is Money
On the one hand, there were thousands and thousands of empty seats inside the RBC Center for this afternoon's women's regional semifinals. At every free throw, it was impossible not to make a comment about how this game was single-handedly crushing the scalping industry.
On the other hand, several Wizards employees, Wiz play-by-play guy Steve Buckhantz and I just stood around a television in the Verizon Center media lounge for what I'll go ahead and say was a spellbinding finish, better than virtually any men's finish this weekend. Down 11 with less than seven minutes to play, Maryland got back in it with seven unanswered points from Marissa Coleman, who started pounding the bleep out of her chest and busting out pull-up three pointers and nasty crossovers, and then started grabbing every important rebound to finish with 42 and 15. That's one point less than Bird and Magic scored in the '79 final. Combined.
(When Juan Dixon won MOP during the men's national championship run, I'm pretty sure his high point total was 33 vs. Kansas in the national semifinals.)
"Did you watch the end of that Maryland game," a latecomer just said. When a women's team punctures an NBA lounge, that's kind of saying something.
I know, I know, women's basketball isn't men's basketball, but if a Maryland dude won a national championship as a freshman, helped the Terps get a one seed in his senior year, and then rescued them from sure doom in a regional semi by going for 42 and 15....let's just say that after Kristi Toliver got on A1 of The Post this morning, maybe Coleman will get her chance next.
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