I don't know the final score, and I don't care what it was. All I know is State beat Maryland. I am drinking alcohol and howling at the moon! I had fun. I had fun, and nothing was more fun than yelling "ACC, ACC" at Maryland.
I am not going to get into stats except for writing that Myisha Goodwin-Coleman lead State with 16 and Markeisha Gatling totaled 15 on 7 of 10 from the field. Make no mistake, Maryland is a good team. The best I have seen this year. They shoot well and play good defense. Gatling had to work for everything she got as Maryland pushed and shoved her and played her better than any team I have seen this year.
This game was won by the guards and Coach. Take a bow Krystal Barrett, Myisha Goodwin-Coleman,'Nique Brown and Miah Spencer. Did I write that Miah is a baller? We love ballers-right?
Coach has a bit of Jimmy V in him changing defenses and using that diamond and one trick defense with little ol' five-five 'Nique Brown on six-two two time ACC player of the year first team All-American Alyssa Thomas. Shades of Spud Webb on Chris Mullin in the 1985 elite eight. If Maryland shot poorly, it was this trick defense confusing them.
State started with a 6-0 lead; however, behind a hot from the arc Brown and the normal Alyssa Thomas drives from defense to offense for easy baskets or easy assists, Maryland went up 12-6. Maryland slowly added to that lead taking it to 10. Enter Miah who disrupted Maryland's offense with a number of deflections, one steal which ended in "and one" and a mid-range jumper. With Miah's play State pulled into a tie, but fell back to five down at the half.
The first portion of the second half played out like the first portion of the first half. Looked bad for State. Enter Miah. With Miah's play State caught up, went up by two with a Gatling basket, then pulled away for the win leading to Maryland getting to hear: ACC! ACC! ACC.....!
With State off until next Thursday, Coach gone recruiting. Coach get us a few five star bigs. With the way Gatling plays and the improvement of Daniel, if I were a big, I would play for the man.