Kristi Toliver’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Los Angeles Sparks over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night was a dramatic, exciting and memorable moment. Add it to a growing list for the fourth-year point guard. Toliver has become a load-carrier for the Sparks, who improved to 4-1 with the win to stay on the heels of unbeaten Minnesota in the Western Conference. And that is something of a new role for the former Maryland star, who had not quite found her WNBA footing before head coach Carol Ross arrived in Los Angeles this season and offered Toliver a chance at a fresh start. She has taken a lead role for the 2012 Sparks, who are looking to go from being a lottery team back to the WNBA playoffs and are off to a strong start. Through the first five games of the season, Toliver is averaging a career-best 20.0 points a game, averaging 34.0 minutes and shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. She currently ranks sixth in the WNBA in scoring and second in free throws made (21 of 24). from espn.com
For whatever unknown reason the Chicago Sky of the WNBA, have just not given Rookie Kristoi Tolliver any real opportunity this year. Well Friday night Kristi came off the bench to score 25 on the road
Four years of dedicated team play paid off on Thursday, as 2 Terrapin superstars, Mariisa Coleman and Kristi Tolliver were selected 2nd and 3rd in the WNBA draft. Marissa joins former Maryland teammate, Crystal Langhorne, who was also a 1st round pick for the Mystics last year. Coach Brenda Frese was on hand for the festivities. Baltimore’s Angel McCoughtry was selected 1st in the draft by Atlanta.
Fifteen of the top women’s basketball prospects have been invited to the 2009 WNBA Draft on Thursday, April 9 at the NBA Entertainment studios in Secaucus, N.J., with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. The Maryland Terrapins will be represented by a pair of senior standouts in guard/forward Marissa Coleman and point guard Kristi Toliver.
I expect both Terrapins to be in the top five picks with Kristi Tolliver going to Phoenix with pick #5.
There was an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach tonight as “the recruiter” Jeff Walz frustrated his 2 prized pupils, Kristi and Marissa. Marissa Coleman was double teamed every time she made a move and Kristi had to resort to shooting NBA 3’s in order to get her shot off. The other pieces of the Terp puzzle played adequately but not well enough to to jolt the Terps into the Final Four. Louisville. realizing that the Terps were vastly superior in talent did what Michigan State did to the Louisville men—slow the game down and use most of the time clock before shooting.Like the Louisville men, Maryland’s zone fell into the hands of the Cardinals. How ironic. Finally when the Lady Terps went to a man to man the Terps sort of got back into the game. But tonight belonged to Louisville, thus ending the terrific careers of Kristi and Marissa. I must applaud the tremendous year the Lady Terps had-ACC Regular and Tournament Champions, another trip to the Elite Eight of the big dance and a final record of 31-5. Now we will see if jeff can figure out UConn after his losses of 28 points and 39 points to the Huskies this year. Enjoy cutting down the nets tonight , Cardinal fans, disappointment awaits.
Everywhere in Baltimore today, Terrapin fans were talking about 2 things: the travesty inflicted upon the Men’s lacrosse team in Charlottesville and the incredible 42 point record setting performance of Marissa Coleman in the Sweet Sixteen game against Vandy.
Well tonight all the marbles are on the table as Maryland battles Louisville on ESPN at 7PM-the prize a trip to the Final four. It is unbelievable that only 2900 fans showed up for the Regional semis in Raleigh. At this point in time, these tournaments should go to the highest seeds home court to avoid such an embarassment. Maryland drew over 20,000 for the first 2 round. Let the teams that support their their programs be rewarded. I will be blogging on Twitter throughout tomorrow night’s game.
Marissa Coleman scored a school-record 42 points, including the go-ahead basket with 27.9 seconds left, as Maryland rallied from 18 down to beat Vanderbilt 78-74 on Saturday.
“I just didn’t want my career to end,” Coleman said. “I love playing with this team, and I love wearing a Maryland uniform. That’s just what I told myself, that every time I walked onto the floor, I was going to defend, rebound, do whatever I needed to do to keep my career going.”
What else is there to say. Coleman the backbone of this team all year personally outscored Vandy 18-14 in the last 10 minutes , scoring on every kind of shot you can imagine. Kristi Tolliver score just enough 17 to both help the comeback and win the game. But in the end even Kristi was awestruck by Marissa’s incredible performance. “She put on a show,” Kristi Toliver said. “She definitely took advantage of a 5-9 post player and she dominated from start to finish.”
So Next up for the Lady Terps is Louisville, coached by former Frese assistant, Jeff Walz, on Monday night at 7PM. A win would send the lone remaining ACC team in the dance to the Final Four, exactly where 2 winners like Tolliver and Coleman belong.
Am I exagerrating? Kristi score 27 in 26 minutes, shot 11-14,had 5 rebounds, 4 assists , and 0 turnovers. I’ve said it many times : she plays the game at a dirrerent level or as the voice of Maryland Women’s Baskerball, Dave Preston says Kristi is playing chess while everyone else on the court is playing checkers. Maryland hall of Fame legend Christy Winters Scott remarked to ma after the game that Kristi will be the 1st pick in the WNBA draft. Who else could it be? Anyway, Maryland won 82-53 before approx 11000. Check out the post game press conference ncaa-brebdaNext up for the Terps is Utah Tuesday night at 7PM. Win and we are in the Sweet Sixteen.
To no surprise Maryland received one of the #1 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Heavily favored UConn received the overall #1 Seed and would face Maryland in the Championship Game if each team progresses. Maryland will play its first 2 games at Comcast this Sunday at 2:30 and then Tuesday should they be successful Sunday. The Lady Terps would face the winner of Villanova and Utah on Tuesday. “We’re very eager to get back to the Final Four,” Coleman said. “Our regular-season accomplishments got us in position to earn a No. 1 seed, but all we can do right now is focus on Dartmouth and getting a first-round win.” Marissa and Kristi have been on a mission in the final stages of their career at Maryland.
IIt was a happy day in Greensboro on Sunday. My only concern is that the Lady Terps are so hot, I hate the idea of 2 weeks off. Fortunately, as a #1 Seed the Terps will draw a relatively easy game at home on the 22nd. For those of you who still haven’t seen Kristi or Marissa live, you will have 2 more chances with the first 2 rounds of the NCAASs at Comcast. Comcast has decided to air the ACC Title game next Sunday at 12:30 PM. Hats off to LaMont Jordan who never forgets his Terrapin roots and was at the game last Sunday delivering an inspiring pre game talk to the troops.
This is a team on a roll. The only obstacle will be UCONN but that’s a ways aways. Marissa Coleman was named MVP as she scored 28 again, including the winning 3 point shot. Kim Rodgers came off the bench to hit 2 big free throws to preserve the lead. Kristi Tolliver added 26 points to secure the first ACC title for the 2 graduating seniors. The big dance starts March 22 for the Terps at Comcast.
“This team’s on a mission” a direct quote from Marissa Coleman and she really backed it up today scoring 29 points in a 95-84 win over UNC. The #4 Terrapins have now won 11 straight and are up to 27-4. Kim Rodgers came off the bench to provide a much needed 11 points. Tomorrow at 1, Marissa and Kristi try to get the one title that has eluded their stellar career, the ACC Championship.