Maryland women rebound, pounding past Loyola, 76-61

December 11, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The last time Maryland's women's basketball team took the court at Comcast Center, the group's lack of rebounding was one of the factors in a loss to No. 7 Penn State last week.

There hasn't been a team of a similar caliber to serve as a reliable test since, but the Terrapins seemed to have learned their lesson, as shown in a 76-61 win over Loyola last night.

Maryland out-rebounded Loyola 43-34 following a 31-18 edge over St. Bonaventure in a road win last weekend.

The Terps' 17 second-chance points last night were a bigger factor than having five players in double figures - led by 14 points apiece by Shay Doron and Crystal Washington - and perhaps bigger than the 21 turnovers the Greyhounds committed.

"They were a little bigger than us, a little more physical," Loyola coach Candi Cage said. "And I guess they came out trying to make a statement."

Loyola (3-3), looking at one of two ACC matchups on its nonconference schedule, overcame a 14-4 deficit to draw within 21-20 on a layup by Krystie Harrington with 4:51 left in the first half.

That was as well as it went for the Greyhounds, who were led by Harrington and Lindsay Cobb with 13 points. That's because Maryland (6-1) suddenly found its stride offensively. After barely scoring 20 points over the first 15 minutes, the Terps scored 19 over the final 4:56 to open a 39-27 halftime lead.

At one point in the second half, Loyola had a 14-3 run, but it was only good enough to dent a Maryland lead that had stretched to 22 points.

Washington had 10 rebounds to go with her 14 points, Kalika France scored 12, Chrissy Fisher 11 and Anesia Smith had 10.

"It was probably the most complete game we've played to this point," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, who played without point guard Alli Spence (illness). "A lot of players contributing, a lot of unselfish play that we're going to have to have. We're hard to guard when we have that type of balanced scoring."

LOYOLA - Scherle 1-3 0-0 2, Troupe 4-11 1-1 9, Orsini 0-3 0-0 0, Cobb 5-6 0-0 13, Harrington 6-9 1-2 13, Henn 0-1 0-0 0, Toliver 1-1 2-2 4, Valderas 1-4 2-2 4, Wood 1-1 1-2 3, Glessner 1-5 0-0 2, Dunn 2-4 1-2 5, Poole 2-3 2-4 6. Totals 24-51 10-15 61.

MARYLAND - Washington 5-10 4-7 14, Fisher 5-9 0-1 11, Doron 4-13 6-7 14, France 5-12 1-2 12, Smith 5-8 0-0 10, Brick 0-0 0-0 0, Carr 2-5 5-6 9, Henson 1-4 1-2 4, Ross 0-3 0-0 0, Oliver 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-66 17-25 76.

Half: Maryland, 39-27. 3-point goals - Loyola 3-7 (Cobb 3-4, Troupe 0-1, Orsini 0-1, Henn 0-1), Maryland 3-13 (Henson 1-3, France 1-3, Fisher 1-4, Doron 0-3). Rebounds - Loyola 34 (Glessner 7), Maryland 43 (Washington 10). Assists - Loyola 12 (Glessner 3), Maryland 17 (Smith 7). Fouled out - Washington, Oliver. A - 736.

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