This time, Maryland women make short work of Loyola Terps' 63-36 romp atones for Reitz loss 2 years ago

December 11, 1996|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

The last time the Maryland women's basketball team made the trip to Reitz Arena two years ago, they left with one of the most embarrassing losses in the program's history, a 73-68 setback, their first and only defeat to another in-state team.

Two Maryland juniors who played in that loss, and one sophomore that should have, made sure history would not repeat itself in last night's 63-36 win over the Greyhounds.

Guard Sonia Chase (McDonogh) had 11 points, five assists and seven steals, and forward Stephanie Cross had 12 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Kelley Gibson, who sat out two years ago with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, had a game-high 19 points.

"Maybe before the game, I thought about payback, but once it started, we didn't think about that. I thought about trying to play a solid game," said Chase. "We're just getting started. Things are just starting to roll for us."

The Terps (6-1) were not nearly as crisp as they were Saturday night in knocking off then No. 20 Clemson, but their defense was as sharp as it needed to be to win their sixth straight.

"Our team showed poise in terms of staying with it. A year ago, we would have perhaps gotten a little nervous, but we're not inclined to do that," said coach Chris Weller.

The Terps played a smaller lineup, with as many as four guards to match the smaller Greyhounds (0-6). Maryland's quicker and more physical perimeter players used their advantage to force Loyola out beyond the foul line to start their offense, while overplaying the passing lanes.

The result: the Terps forced 17 first-half turnovers, and 27 for the game, while outrebounding Loyola 37-22.

When the Greyhounds were able to get an offense going, they couldn't score, hitting just 3 of 14 shots from the floor and going 11 1/2 minutes without a basket in the first half, though they did connect on 63 percent of their shots in the second half.

Mary Anne Kirsch and Julie Mesaros each had eight points to lead Loyola.

The Greyhounds host Coppin State Saturday, while the Terps will be off for 11 days for final exams before hosting Towson State.

MARYLAND -- Cross 6-12 0-0 12, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Chase 3-7 5-6 11, Davis 4-10 0-1 8, Gibson 9-14 1-4 19, McCray 1-3 0-0 2, Bretz 2-3 2-3 7, Purvis 1-3 0-0 2, Bogunovic 0-3 0-0 0, Barnes 0-1 0-0 0, Ohman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 8-14 63.

LOYOLA -- Hewitt 1-1 2-2 4, Mosley 3-8 1-4 7, Kirsch 3-5 3-4 8, Bongard 0-3 0-0 0, Albert 3-6 1-2 7, Cooney 0-1 0-0 0, Mesaros 2-2 2-2 8, Fraser 0-0 0-0 0, Peters 0-1 0-2 0, Bryce 1-1 0-0 2, Gerdich 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 13-30 8-17 36.

Halftime--Maryland 29, Loyola 9. 3-point--Maryland 1-4 (Bretz 1-1, Brown 0-1, Gibson 0-2); Loyola 2-4 (Mesaros 2-2, Mosley 0-1, Cooney 0-1). Fouled out--none. Rebounds--Maryland 37 (Cross 9); Loyola 22 (Kirsch 5). Assists--Maryland 12 (Chase 5); Loyola 9 (Mosley 4). Total fouls--Maryland 16, Loyola 18. A--300.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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