Coleman-McCoughtry Matchup Could Be a Good One
RALEIGH, N.C.—Kim Rodgers wanted to watch a movie when she got back to her hotel room on Saturday night after Maryland's exciting 78-74 victory over Vanderbilt in the round of 16. But her roommate wanted to keep the television tuned to ESPN.
Her roommate is Marissa Coleman.
"I was joking that she wanted to see herself over and over again," Rodgers said with a laugh. Rodgers ultimately triumphed, and the two watched "Role Models" before going to bed.
Coleman, of course, scored 42 points — the fifth-highest total in NCAA women's tournament history — and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Commodores. She said afterward that the reason why she was so tired was not because of her offensive exploits, but was because of the energy she exerted on defense. She asked to guard Vanderbilt senior Christina Wirth, who was hurting the Terrapins with her outside shooting, down the stretch.
She said yesterday that she would like a shot at guarding Angel McCoughtry, Louisville's star. The two players are equally versatile—both have recorded at least one triple-double in their careers — and play similar roles for their teams. McCoughtry is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the NCAA tournament; Coleman is averaging 23 points and 15.3 rebounds.
"They both don't want to lose. Marissa Coleman in her game [Saturday] just said we will not lose," said Louisville Coach Jeff Walz, who was an assistant at Maryland for Coleman's first two seasons. "Angel is the same way. She does not want to lose. That's the one thing I don't have to worry about [Monday]: Angel will come out here and give it everything she's got. But I know Brenda [Frese] doesn't have to worry about that either, because Marissa Coleman is going to do the same thing."
McCoughtry is Louisville's all-time leading scorer and rebounder: 2,717 points, 1,231 rebounds.
Coleman is second to Crystal Langhorne on Maryland's career lists: 2,145 points (Langhorne has 2,247), 1,120 rebounds (Langhorne has 1,229).
McCoughtry has scored 20 or more points in 75 career games; Coleman has done so in 32.
McCoughtry has posted 54 double-doubles and two triple-doubles; Coleman has 37 and one.
McCougthry has grabbed 15 or more rebounds eight times; Coleman has done so five times.
But Coleman's numbers are even more remarkable considering the great talents she has played with at Maryland. All five starters from the 2006 NCAA tournament title game — Coleman, Langhorne, Kristi Toliver, Shay Doron and Laura Harper — have their jerseys hanging from the Comcast Center rafters, and rank among the program's top 15 scorers all-time. Langhorne and Harper are in the top five for career rebounds, and were first-round WNBA picks.
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