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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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That was one of the best performances I've ever seen by a Terp, man or woman - possibly the best. I've always thought Marissa deserved more recognition, and between this and the ACC tourney, she's proved that. Thanks for an outstanding game, Marissa, and let's get back to the Finals, ladies!

Posted by: pit_girl1 | March 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

took you long enough to hop on the bandwagon.
you can't use, A "well it's woomans hoops" as an excuse. They've been awesome for 4 years now.

Posted by: pecdec8705 | March 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Maryland's opponent, Vanderbilt, deserve to be mentioned by name in your blog post? The Commodores led for 39 minutes.

Posted by: CarolAnne1 | March 28, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

That's what college sports was all about. Coleman did not want that to be her last game and took total control.

Also one of the worst (non-MLS) refing jobs I've seen in a while. When both of the coaches are jawing at the refs every time down the court, and the announcers are saying repeatedly "well you know, that was a foul" then you know the refs were doing a poor job.

Posted by: M__N | March 30, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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