Inside track takes Terps by Rutgers women, 59-52

December 09, 1992|By Craig Campanella | Craig Campanella,Contributing Writer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Both Maryland and Rutgers women's basketball teams live on the inside game. Take it away from either side, and you will win.

Last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, it was the seventh-ranked Terps who were able to do just that, escaping New Jersey with a 59-52 win in front of 1,292.

Senior center Jessie Hicks and forward Bonnie Rimkus, both 6 feet 4, dictated inside play against the Knights, combining for 31 points and 26 rebounds, forcing Rutgers to look outside for its offense.

There, the Knights struggled, hitting only four of 18 three-point attempts and 17 of 55 overall from the field.

"It was our game plan to get the ball inside," said Hicks, who scored nine points in the first eight minutes. "But when they started double-teaming me, our guards penetrating and shooting off the dribble helped out."

Katrina Colleton, to whom Hicks was referring, helped ice the game for the Terps (3-1) with a 14-foot jump shot with one minute remaining. That gave Maryland, playing its fourth game in eight days, a 59-52 lead and put away Rutgers (1-2).

Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz had a game plan similar to Maryland's.

"We wanted to shorten the game, pack it in, and make them play with it," said Grentz. Maryland, however, did play with it, busting inside over the shorter Rutgers front line.

Rimkus had season highs in points (14) and rebounds (14), giving Maryland an extra weapon inside.

"I was pleased with Bonnie's rebounding and defense," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "We already knew she could shoot."

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