After a power outage blacked out Alexander Memorial Coliseum and delayed the final two minutes for about 24 minutes, Kim Rodgers and the #10 Terps blacked out #25 Georgia Tech with a three pointer at the buzzer to drop the Yellow Jackets 56-53. Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas had big games in leading Maryland with 19 and 17 points respectively.
While Maryland (19-3, 5-2 ACC) played well below their potential they did enough to overcome their poor shooting and turnovers to scrap out their sixth straight win. While they played well enough to take a 27-20 lead on Tech (18-7, 6-3 ACC) going into the half, it was mostly due to the Jackets poor shooting in the first (25.9 percent). The home team came out on all cylinders at the break thought, hitting eight of their 11 opening shots resulting in their first lead (30-29)
The remainder of the game remained in a see-saw fashion, both teams trading runs and the lead before the stadium went black after the Terrapins took to lead 53-52 off a Kizer layup. Once the lights were restored Sasha Goodlett missed the back end of her free throws knotting the game at 53-53 followed by Diandra Tchatchouang missing the front end of her one-in-one. But a timely steal from freshman Alicia DeVaughn set the Terps up for the dramatic win.
However the buzzer beater from Rodgers masks the poor play of the Lady Terps. They committed 25 turnovers and had another poor game from behind the three point line (28.6%). But I can’t complain about a win on the road against a top 25 team, and with a less than stellar performance certainly hints at how good these young Terps can be.
Maryland looks to continue thier hot streak Sunday, Feb. 6 at noon in the Comcast Center against the N.C State Wolfpack.
Player of the Game: Prior to her game-winner, Kim Rodgers only had five points and was 0-3 on her three point attempt for the night. But the junior stepped up big when they needed her most and pulled out the big ACC win. She also contributed six rebounds.