In an attempt to pull off the sportswriting equivalent of playing nine positions in nine innings —- covering four sports in one day —- my Thursday took me to Comcast Center for the Maryland-Virginia women’s game.
What unfolded was a reminder of just how good Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver are.
Coleman had 28 points. Toliver dropped 25. Maryland rolled to a 16-point victory and avenged one of its two conference losses.
That sort of night shows that while Maryland needs other people to play well (and Dee Liles and Lynetta Kizer certainly did), much of the Terps’ success next month will be pinned on the performance of Coleman and Toliver.
What last night got me thinking about was how many times Maryland has had a pair of 25-point scorers in the same game in the last decade or so (like men’s basketball and football, my women’s hoops records go back to 1998-99). And that led to what I thought would be an interesting list.
And it is interesting, if only for its brevity.
Laura Harper had 27 points and Crystal Langhorne had 25 in a 110-46 pummeling of Clemson on Jan. 6, 2008.
And there, the list ends.
Coleman and Toliver’s dominance was probably more impressive because Maryland was playing a ranked opponent as opposed to a rebuilding program on its way to a 12-19 season.
Obviously, it’s not an end-all, be-all list. But it does give a glimpse that what Coleman and Toliver did against Virginia is something you don’t see every night.
—- Patrick Stevens