Colo. State gives Terps short stay long way

Rams tie school record with 14 3-pointers, beat UM in first round, 83-69

NCAA Women's Tournament

March 18, 2001|By Dan Bouges | Dan Bouges,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STORRS, Conn. -- The Colorado State Rams tied a school best and set an NCAA tournament East Regional record by making 14 three-pointers in an 83-69 victory over Maryland last night in a first-round game.

It was a battle of three-pointers vs. two-pointers, as Maryland (17-12) couldn't keep up with the blistering pace set by the Rams' perimeter offense. Colorado State (25-6) built a 60-45 lead with a key 18-7 run a few minutes into the second half. Four different Rams players made three-pointers during the stretch.

"We scored 69 points, and that's average for us, but we don't usually give up 83," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "They just shot the ball so well."

Maryland junior forward Deedee Warley played an inspired game, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds. But, it was the Rams' deadly accurate three-point shooting that sent Maryland home still searching for its first tournament win since 1992.

Colorado State made 14 of 24 three-pointers and shot 56.5 percent from the field overall. Senior forward Heather Haanen led the barrage with 21 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 on three-pointers, a career high. Sophomore Jackie Campbell made five of her six three-point attempts.

"It was pretty much unbelievable," Haanen said. "To step up and make that many shots is awesome."

Said Weller: "Colorado State played a very fine game. They were red hot. We tried a 3-2 zone [defense], and that was a gamble I think, though they hit as many threes in our man [defense] as in our zone."

Maryland played the Rams tough in the first half. It was a close battle, with Colorado State going into the break with a 39-35 lead. The Rams took a 17-13 lead at the 12:24 minute mark after a three-pointer by Campbell and two free throws by Jasai Ferrucho, battling well with the taller Terps, who were constantly collapsing their zone defense whenever the ball went inside.

But the Rams made 11 of their first 17 shots through the first 13 minutes, hitting five of their first nine three-point attempts. That forced the Terps to stretch their zone defense to beyond the three-point line.

"We had to pick up the intensity on pressuring the outside," Maryland guard Marche Strickland said.

Warley scored eight points in the first half on 4-for-7 shooting. She was held to only one rebound, however, by a Rams team that out-rebounded the Terps, 13-10. She was constantly double-teamed by Colorado State's defense, which forced the Terps into a perimeter offense.

The Rams, who favor a perimeter shot-based offense, hit on 15 of 25 shots in the first half, including a 6-for-12 on three-pointers.

Strickland scored 15 points on 5-for-17 from the field. Renneika Razor and Terri Daniels each finished with seven points.

Colorado State will play No. 1 seed Connecticut in the second round tomorrow.

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