Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Update on Terps in the London Olympics

As of this afternoon, both of our Terps playing in the Olympics basketball tournament are done.

Sarunas Jasikevicius and Lithuania fell to Russia in the quarterfinals. Lithuania went 2-3 in group play to advance as the #4 seed out of Group A. In the tournament, Jasikevicius averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. (Complete Stats)

Ekene Ibekwe was lightly used by Nigeria, which bowed out after the round robin and did not advance to the second stage. Nigeria went 1-5 in group play, finishing #5 in Group A. Ebekwe averaged only 1 point and 0.7 rebounds in a total of 13 minutes over 3 games. (Complete Stats)

Two former Terps played for the USA women's field hockey team, Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith-Puzo. The US team finished in last place in their group and did not advance to the tournament stage. The lone win was a surprise upset of group winner Argentina. They still have one game left to play versus Belgium on Friday to determine whether they will finish in 11th or 12th place in the tournament.

One other Terp played for the Colombia women's soccer team, Nataly Arias. Colombia finished in last place in their opening group round, and did not advance to the second stage.

One final Terp connection: Maryland Track and Field coach Andrew Valmon is serving as the head coach of the USA Track & Field contingent. Here's a nice Baltimore Sun story about him. Valmon was himself a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the 4x400 relay in 1988 and 1992.

The Maryland Athletics Department is running a Terps in London blog during the Olympics with occasional stories about all the Terps competing in the Olympics.

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