Terps women leave Loyola behind, 82-51

Freshman Smith leads scorers again with 20

size problem for 'Hounds

College Basketball

November 19, 2001|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - For the second straight game, Maryland freshman guard Anesia Smith came off the bench to lead all scorers, this time contributing 20 points to lead the No. 23 Terrapins women's basketball team to an 82-51 win over Loyola before 1,336 at Cole Field House.

One of five Terrapins to reach double figures in scoring against the Greyhounds, Smith made four of seven three-point attempts and had two assists, three steals and three rebounds. Junior forward Jennifer Mitchell led Loyola with 17 points.

"I think Anesia's going to be a really good player," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "Those stats don't surprise me at all. That's why we recruited her."

Coming off a 17-point performance Friday night against Coppin State, Smith entered the game last night with a little more than 14 minutes remaining in the first half and made her presence felt almost immediately.

The 5-foot-10 player from Alexandria, Va., single-handedly wiped out a 12-5 Loyola advantage in a span of three minutes, hitting a short jumper and two straight three-pointers to give the Terps (2-0) their first lead, 14-13.

Loyola guard Laura Slater (five points) scored off an assist from Shontrese Smith to allow the Greyhounds to retake the lead momentarily, but a layup by forward Crystal Washington (12 points) gave the Terps a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Turnovers and a lack of size inside hurt the Greyhounds (1-1) as they tried to rally in the second half.

Behind by 13 at halftime, they never got closer after surrendering six straight points to Maryland forward Deedee Warley (13 points) in the second half's opening 90 seconds.

Warley, who missed all but two minutes of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, was instrumental in shutting down Loyola junior center Katie Netherton (Meade), a second-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference pick a season ago.

Netherton had 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting, typifying Loyola's struggles inside.

"We were a little outmanned in there," said first-year Loyola coach Candy Cage. "It was a little bit of a mismatch. They were a little bigger, a little stronger. ... It was a factor, but Katie Netherton and Amy Dessart Mager, those kids battled and I'm really pleased with that."

Maryland sophomore guard Kiki Wimbush returned from a two-game suspension, picking up seven assists and three steals in her first action of the season.

LOYOLA-Dessart Mager 1-6 2-2 4, Mitchell 4-6 8-8 17, Netherton 4-11 2-2 10, Cobb 1-4 0-0 2, Slater 2-7 0-0 5, DeYoung 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 0-4 1-4 1, Poole 3-4 4-7 10. Totals 16-49 17-23 51. MARYLAND-Razor 4-7 1-2 10, Warley 6-7 1-1 13, Melbourne 1-7 3-4 5, Brick 1-5 0-0 2, Srrickland 3-8 2-2 10, Daniels 2-6 0-0 5, Deng 1-2 0-0 2, Harrell 1-4 1-2 3, Washington 6-9 0-0 12, Smith 7-14 2-2 20, Wimbush 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-71 10-13 82. Halftime-Maryland, 43-30. 3-point goals-Loyola 2-10 (Slater 1-2, Mitchell 1-3, DeYoung 0-1, Smith 0-1); Maryland 8-16 (Razor 1-1, Smith 4-7, Strickland 2-4, Daniels 1-3). Rebounds-Loyola 41 (Dessart Mager 12); Maryland 37 (Razor, Harrell 5). Assists-Loyola 13 (Cobb 5); Maryland 17 (Wimbush 7). Total fouls-Loyola 15; Maryland 20. A-1,336.

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