In-State Showdown Tigers vs. Terps

Jean JonesContributor IDecember 13, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 04:  Head coach Brenda Frese of the Maryland Terrapins reacts to a call by the referees during their game against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game on April 4, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I will always be a fan of the underdog. In this scenario the "under-tiger".

This past Thursday night, the women's basketball team of Towson University upset 25th-ranked Maryland (8-2). The Tigers (5-4) made history in front of the largest crowd to watch a women's basketball game at Towson Center, 2,243 in attendance to be exact.

The 67-55 victory was the Tigers first win over a nationally-ranked team. The Terrapins of Maryland were on a five-game winning streak prior to the match-up. I'll save the play-by-play, game-highlights, and statistics to the university's website , that's not the basis of my article.

I just simply love the unexpected in sports as any true sports fan might. I can honestly say, whether I was a Terps fan or not, I would have to give credit where credit is due. I personally don't have a favorite women's college basketball team, I just love the game. 

To me, this milestone is not about Thursday nights win itself, it may not even alter the outlook of the rest of either teams season; it's about what it will mean to these girls later on in life. My perspective comes from a "retired" student-athlete's point-of-view. Fortunately, for myself I was able to experience a similar situation.

On a smaller scale, my Division III, women's basketball team, defeated a nationally-ranked team, and we were indeed the "underdog". I will never forget that game, nor the emotion I felt, or pride it instilled.

But today, that win means even more, it shows me in my life any goal is attainable, if your heart and mind are truly in it.

Congrats Tigers!



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