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Did the Maryland Women’s team take it too far?

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In case you didn’t catch this last night with the World Series going on, the Maryland Terrapins Women’s basketball team played in an exhibition game against Bluefield State. The Lady Terps, ranked #5 in the country, won the game by 129 points. No, that isn’t a typo. They beat the Bluefield State College Big Blue by the score of 146 to 17.

Maryland ran out to a 27-3 lead in the first five minutes of the game, and went into the locker room at halftime leading 74-17. Usually, in a game like this, the coaching staff will call off the dogs a little bit, and you’ll see a relatively even score differential in the second half. However, it would appear that the Lady Terps turned in up in the second half, scoring 72 more points and holding Bluefield State scoreless. Scoreless in an entire half of college basketball. That is baffling to me.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear of a 129 point victory, is that obviously one team was overmatched, but what in the world were the Maryland coaches doing letting their girls run it up in the second half?

What do you think? Should the coaches have called off the dogs in the second half or should they have let them play it out the way it happened?


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

5 Comments for Did the Maryland Women’s team take it too far?

  1. lribookend
    7:58 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    As a church-league coach long ago, our team once held a 21-3 lead at halftime over a much less talented team. I told our players to drop the full court press in the second half and played my non-starters only in the second half. We still won 33-20, but the other team was ecstatic to make a comeback and have some kids score. You have to balance between playing as hard as you can every play of ever game, vs humiliating less talented teams. At least, that was my philosophy.

  2. Lip Man 1
    8:27 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    Two years ago the University of Idaho’s women’s team played Multnomah College out of Canada and held them to 19 points in the game. They scored well over 100 themselves. That exhibition game should never have been scheduled and I fail to see what UI even got out of it. Same thing here with Maryland…how does doing something like this help anybody?

  3. BTownUKFan
    8:52 pm November 3, 2016 Permalink

    There is no way the Maryland coach can justify that. You can 1) sit your starters 2) Keep the clock running 3) no pressure defense. Maryland players learned nothing and I can tell you what Bluefield State learned. They learned what a ‘no class’ D-1 university looks like.

  4. UK Fan In Nashville
    6:26 am November 4, 2016 Permalink

    Omg, please don’t let this go viral. There’s enough political crap going on right now. Let’s not start this stupid argument again.

  5. adonovan21
    12:55 pm November 4, 2016 Permalink

    You play to win the game!