Camper's 33 help Terps crush Howard, 103-43

November 30, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Only two factors kept the No. 24 Maryland women from inflicting even more hurt to the Howard Bison than the 103-43 punishment they administered last night at Cole Field House.

The first was that Maryland coach Chris Weller played three relatively inexperienced players for the final nine minutes after the Terps had taken a 50-point lead.

The second was that the clock mercifully ran out.

Aside from that, Maryland did about everything it wanted and then some, led by junior reserve forward Kesha Camper, who scored a career-high 33 points, the most by a Terps player since Dafne Lee (Walbrook) had 39 against Wake Forest in 1990.

"I had confidence in my shot," said Camper, whose previous career high was 12 against Florida State last February. "Everything I shot went in, and my offense came from my defense. It seemed like every time I made a good defensive play, I got a good shot."

Said Weller: "Kesha had a great game, but not just because of her scoring. She also played good defense."

The 60-point drubbing was the worst in the schools' 18-game series. It was a bit surprising, too, because Howard returned four starters from last season, and its only new starter, freshman center Denique Graves, was a Parade All-American as a high school senior in Philadelphia.

But the Bison (0-2) were overmatched, and when the Terps, who led 48-21 at halftime, started the second half with a 21-4 run, the Howard players -- who drew a technical for having too many players on the court -- looked frustrated.

"When frustration sets in, you don't divorce what you're doing, you work harder," said Howard coach Sanya Tyler. "We'd have been in better shape if we had played them one-on-one."

The Terps (2-0) forced 31 turnovers and limited the Bison to 27 percent shooting.

"We're concentrating on our defense to be our bread and butter this year and I was pleased with the intensity on that end," said Weller, whose team faces its first big test against Texas on Friday night in the first round of the Central Fidelity Classic in Richmond, Va.

Maryland was superb on offense, too, with five players in double figures. Its passing, particularly on the front line, was equally crisp.

"That [passing] is my second-favorite topic," said Bonnie Rimkus, who had a team-high nine assists to go along with 15 points. "Monica [Adams], Michele [Andrew] and Kesha were getting open, and when they're open, you might as well pass to them."

The Bison, now 0-18 against the Terps, showed signs early of strength, scoring the first four points on inside shots by Annette Lee (team-high 17 points) and Dorothy Williams, but the Terps reeled off 10 consecutive points to make it 10-4.

Howard's Adaidra Hill popped a three-pointer from the left wing with 14:22 left to make it 10-7, but that was as close as the Bison would get.

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