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Season Opener for Maryland Women Tonight

The Maryland women open tonight at TCU (6:30 p.m.), but how many of you will be able to see it? The game is being broadcast on the Mountain Network, which is Channel 616 for those who have DirecTV. I don't, so I will be following the game online.

Kristi Toliver will almost certainly become the program's all-time assist leader during the game; she needs only three more to surpass Debbie Lytle (583, 1980-83). ESPN.com has an interesting breakdown between Toliver and Connecticut's Renee Montgomery, in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is the nation's top point guard?"

I'll be looking to see how Lynetta Kizer fares tonight. I wrote about her in today's paper. You can watch her dance at Under the Shell (go to "Special Programming" and choose "Team Dance").

This didn't make it into my story, but one of her dreams is to finally beat her older brother, Dominique, in one-on-one. Dominique is three years older but two inches shorter (and is a former high school teammate of Eric Hayes), and he and Lynetta have been playing against each other for years.

"Every time it's closer and closer. In high school, he had me by five points. He'll beat me by one or two now. We play to 11, half court," Lynetta said. "Every time he beats me, he says only the strong survive."

Said Dominique, "Back then she was afraid of hurting people. She would play against me, and I'd tell her you can't be afraid to hurt nobody. You've got to kill everybody that comes in front of you… I tried to keep that in her mind. If she didn't play, I'd yell at her and make her work out. I was really hard on her. I just wanted her to be better than me."

He also vows that he will never lose to her.

By Camille Powell  |  November 14, 2008; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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