Doron's touch lifts Terps women

23 of 27 on free throws sets school records, helps beat back Coppin, 79-64

November 22, 2003|By Mike Keegan | Mike Keegan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Tying an NCAA record and setting two school records. Not bad for Maryland freshman Shay Doron's first collegiate game.

Doron converted an NCAA- and Maryland-record 23 free throws on a Terrapin-record 27 attempts, totaling 25 points and helping the Terps hold off Coppin State, 79-64, last night at the Comcast Center.

"I was just trying to get to the hole because my shots were not falling at all," said Doron, a Parade and McDonald's All-American at Christ the King High School in New York last season. "Every time I shot, there was a hand hitting my hand. I was reading the refs and they kept calling them."

Doron tied Shaunda Green's (Washington) 1991 NCAA mark of 23 free throws and shattered the Maryland records of 14 free-throws made (Kim Bretz, Jan. 30, 1997 vs. Florida State) and 18 free-throws attempted (Jessie Hicks, Dec. 6, 1992 vs. Iowa).

It was Maryland's fifth straight season-opening victory and ninth win over Coppin State (0-1) in as many attempts.

Despite the victory, second-year coach Brenda Frese expressed some disappointment in her team's performance. The Terrapins committed 26 turnovers - seven by Doron - and allowed the Lady Eagles 21 offensive rebounds. Thanks to those second-chance opportunities, Coppin State outshot Maryland 82-45.

"We didn't come out with the intensity and aggressiveness we needed," said Frese, the 2002 AP National Coach of the Year at Minnesota. "Hopefully we got the jitters out since we're playing so many new people."

Aside from Doron, freshman guard Kalika France and junior point guard Alli Spence - a transfer from Old Dominion - are both first-year Terrapins in the starting lineup. A Parade All-American at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, France finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. Spence, third in the Colonial Athletic Association in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66) last season, dished out seven assists, committed only two turnovers and added nine points.

Sophomore forward Chrissy Fisher gave Maryland its largest lead of the game, 60-44, with a three-pointer midway through the second half.

But the Lady Eagles battled back. Led by LaKesha Wills (21 points) and Antoinette Reese (18 points), Coppin State cut it to 70-64 with 1:18 to play.

COPPIN STATE-Sutton 0-5 0-0 0, Wills 10-23 1-1 21, Harry 1-7 1-2 3, Plain 1-3 0-0 2, Strickland 2-16 2-6 7, Lewis 3-4 3-3 9, Reese 8-16 2-2 18, Williams 0-4 1-2 1, Tucker 1-3 0-0 3, Jefferson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-82 10-16 64. MARYLAND-Washington 2-3 0-0 4, Fisher 3-7 1-2 9, Spence 1-2 6-7 9, Doron 1-8 23-27 25, France 4-9 0-0 8, Brick 0-1 0-0 0, Carr 6-9 1-2 13, Ross 0-0 1-2 1, Oliver 3-6 4-4 10. Totals 20-45 36-44 79. Half: Maryland, 41-34. 3-point goals: CS 2-9 (Tucker 1-1, Strickland 1-5, Lewis 0-1, Plain 0-1, Reese 0-1); M 3-7 (Fisher 2-3, Spence 1-2, Doron 0-1, France 0-1). Rebounds: CS 41 (Harry 11); M 50 (France 10). Assists: CS 17 (Plain 6); M 15 (Spence 7). Total fouls: CS 29, M 19. Fouled out: Plain. A: 683.

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