The Washington Times - July 22, 2009, 10:15PM

Much was made of the Chicago Sky’s visit to Verizon Center last month because it was the first time former Maryland greats Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman would face each other in the WNBA.

Unfortunately for that storyline, Coleman was on crutches for the occasion. Toliver scored 13 points off the bench as the Mystics won 81-72.


But Terps fans will be in for a treat tomorrow night as both rookies are expected to suit up.

“That game was a tough one. It was my first game that I missed,” Coleman said. “There’s all the anticipation for the Maryland reunion, so there’s definitely added excitement [for tomorrow’s game].”

Let’s not forget about Crystal Langhorne either. Three-fifths of the Terps’ starting lineup from the 2002 national championship could be on the floor at the same time.

But Coleman and Toliver will forever be linked together since they were the stars of the same recruiting class. As freshman they pushed Maryland over the top, rounding out the supremely talented starting lineup with Shay Doron, Langhorne and Laura Harper. And as seniors, they guided the Terps to their first ACC championship in 20 years.

It might even get a little emotional, too, since Coleman said she hasn’t been able to stay in touch with Toliver (or Harper for that matter).

“Just our schedules are so busy, we’re in different time zones and being in different places at different times makes it tough,” she said.