Colleton leads No. 9 Terps women past Miami, 67-57

February 12, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- On a night where very little looked smooth or went right for the Maryland women basketball team, it had Katrina Colleton and that was more than enough.

Colleton had a career-high 26 points -- 24 in the second half -- to lead the ninth-ranked Terps past Miami, 67-57, last night before 947 at Cole Field House, the third-smallest crowd of the season.

Before the season, Jessie Hicks and Malissa Boles got the lion's share of All-America talk on the Maryland squad.

But while Hicks and Boles were ineffectual thanks to foul trouble, the less heralded Colleton looked like the All-America candidate.

nominating all three for All-America, including Katrina," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "She's a steady player and a great athlete. We count on her to keep us organized."

Said Miami coach Ferne Labati: "She is a great athlete and a great team player. She basically took what the defense gave her."

The Miami defense gave Colleton, the only Maryland player in double figures, a combination of pull-up jumpers and many chances at the foul line.

And the 5-foot-11 native of Tampa, Fla. took advantage, hitting eight of 15 shots from the floor and all 10 free-throw attempts.

"I was looking to penetrate the zone," said Colleton. "I tried to do a little bit more in the second half. My shots were just going in."

Despite shooting 54 percent from the floor, the Terps (17-4) looked disheveled offensively, thanks in part to having Boles and Hicks taken out by foul trouble.

In addition, junior Bonnie Rimkus, Maryland's best outside threat, sat out the game because of a groin injury and will likely miss tomorrow's game at North Carolina State.

Said Colleton, "I felt I had to pick it up a couple of notches with Jessie, Malissa and Bonnie out."

The Terps turned to defense to shut down Miami (14-6) and they were successful, holding the Hurricanes, last season's Big East champions, to a 35 percent shooting night, slightly below their 40 percent average.

"Maryland in terms of their size and their athleticism is a very good team," said Labati. "You can only do so many things against a really well-balanced team."

Hicks and Boles each drew two fouls in the first seven minutes of the first half and sat out the rest of the half under a long-standing Weller policy. As a result, the Terps were forced into the most tTC

unlikely of lineups including one that had freshmen Lena Patterson and Dawn Sloan, sophomore Kesha Camper, junior Monica Adams and Colleton.

That quintet averaged 26.9 points a game collectively -- with 13.4 of those points from Colleton alone.

Despite shooting 52 percent in the first half, Maryland really never had a consistent offensive flow.

Luckily, the Terps despite committing 13 turnovers were able to confuse the Hurricanes, limiting them to 25 points for the half.

Patterson was particularly effective guarding Miami freshman Holly Rilinger, the team's leading scorer.

Rilinger, who averages nearly 16 points per game, had 22 points, but shot just 8-for-25 and did most of her scoring when Patterson either was not guarding her directly or when the Terps were playing a zone.

"She's a good defensive player. She was all over me. Like any good defensive player she gave me a lot of trouble dribbling," Rilinger said.

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