Maryland women crush UMBC

10 of 12 players score in Terrapins' 72-38 win

College Basketball

December 21, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - In a result sure not to surprise anyone, Maryland's women's basketball team easily prevailed, 72-38, in its matchup against UMBC yesterday.

Annapolis graduate C'Vette Henson's 12 points led an effort in which 10 of 12 players scored for the Terrapins (7-2), who ran their series record to 7-0 against the winless Retrievers (0-7).

Most of the game was used to find some playing time for not only the highly touted younger players such as Shay Doron and Kalika France, but also the less-used ones such as Henson and Aurelie Noirez after Maryland took command with a 12-2 start.

Noirez, a player from France who sat out the first eight games because of an NCAA ruling on her international eligibility status, had 10 points in 19 minutes, equaling the scoring totals for Doron and France. The evaluation time was important for a team that faces No. 4 Texas Tech next Sunday before starting Atlantic Coast Conference play in January.

"We're still looking at a lot of combinations," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, who also got nine assists from Anesia Smith. "To give Aurelie Noirez a lot of minutes, we wanted to be able to do that, and to see the confidence that C'Vette has instilled ... it bodes well for us when we can put that many combinations on the court."

For the Retrievers, who lost five starters from last year's team that made the title game of the Northeastern Conference tournament, it wasn't a great day to face a team trying to come back from a 20-point loss to No. 17 Virginia Tech last week.

"We're trying to fit the pieces into the puzzle, and we're having some growing pains," UMBC coach Phil Stern said. "They're coming off a loss themselves, so I'm sure they have something to prove as well."

How poorly did things go for UMBC? It took nearly five minutes for the Retrievers to hit a field goal, and Maryland shot nearly 70 percent from the field at one point in the first half.

Fouled by UMBC's Sharri Rohde, France hit a layup and completed a three-point play to put Maryland up 17-5 with 13 minutes left in the first half on the way to a 36-19 edge at the break. The Terps poured it on in the second, mostly with reserves.

UMBC-Rohde 1-3 0-0 3, Voss 0-2 2-3 2, Doughman 2-5 0-0 5, Brown 1-7 2-2 4, Lutrell 2-6 0-0 5, Butterick 1-3 0-0 3, Santos 1-5 4-4 7, Goncharova 3-6 0-1 6, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Tedder 0-4 3-4 3. Totals 11-41 11-14 38. MARYLAND-Fisher 0-5 0-0 0, Washington 1-3 0-0 2, Doron 4-4 0-0 10, France 4-6 1-1 10, Smith 3-3 0-0 6, Brick 3-7 1-3 8, Spence 2-2 0-0 6, Carr 1-4 4-4 6, Henson 4-9 0-2 12, Ross 1-1 0-2 2, Noirez 4-5 2-2 10, Oliver 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 8-14 72. Half: Maryland, 36-19. 3-point goals: UMBC 5-19 (Rohde 1-2, Santos 1-2, Butterick 1-3, Doughman 1-3, Lutrell 1-4, Brown 0-1, Voss 0-1, Goncharova 0-3); M 10-18 (Henson 4-8, Doron 2-2, Spence 2-2, Brick 1-1, France 1-2, Oliver 0-1, Fisher 0-2). Rebounds: UMBC 27 (Rohde 5); M 34 (Fisher 5). Assists: UMBC 11 (Lutrell 3); M 22 (Smith 9). Total fouls: UMBC 13, M 19. A: 1,356.

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