Harper, UM women do number on Loyola in 77-36 blowout

Freshman gets 22 points to lead No. 22 Terrapins

December 01, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The Maryland women's basketball team, which spent Thanksgiving flying to and playing in Colorado, feasted last night.

Freshman forward Laura Harper scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while freshman center Crystal Langhorne posted 14 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 22 Terps walloped Loyola, 77-36, before 2,435 at the Comcast Center.

Maryland, which had lost to No. 2 LSU before defeating Penn at the Coors Classic in Colorado last weekend, overwhelmed the Greyhounds in rebounds (50-26), free-throw attempts (18-for-24 vs. 5-for-12) and field-goal percentage (53.8 to 25 percent).

"Obviously, I'm very excited about the way we played tonight," said Terps coach Brenda Frese as she perused a scoring sheet that had five players scoring at least six points. "On any given night, players can have some off nights. It's nice to see other players step up and make some contributions."

The only thing that didn't go according to script was guard Shay Doron falling two points shy of her 11th straight game with double-digit points.

Loyola (0-3) stayed with Maryland (4-1) early in the game, tying the score at 6-6 on a jumper from sophomore forward Meghan Wood about four minutes into the first half.

That's when Langhorne and sophomore guard Kalika France each scored four points to fuel a 10-0 Terps run over a three-minute span.

Both teams traded baskets, and a jumper from junior forward Katie Scherle shaved Loyola's deficit to 24-17 with about seven minutes left in the half.

But the Terps ended the half with a 22-7 burst that was sparked by seven points from France and six from Harper.

Harper, who was named the ACC Rookie of the Week at the Coors Classic, scored 18 in the first half.

"Things were just flowing," said Harper. "I just tried to stay focused. ... when you stay focused, the offense comes."

The Terps opened the second half by scoring 16 unanswered points.

Maryland hit Loyola with a matchup zone that harassed the Greyhounds into 5-for-26 shooting in the second half.

"It's a big zone," Loyola coach Candy Cage said, noting that she has only three players taller than 6 feet 1, while the Terps have seven. "We just didn't do a good job of trying to get the ball inside and attacking it."

LOYOLA - Scherle 3-6 0-1 6, Troupe 3-13 0-0 7, Harrington 3-10 1-4 7, Glessner 1-2 0-0 2, Dunn 0-1 0-0 0, Toliver 0-6 0-2 0, Davis 1-7 0-0 2, Valderas 1-5 1-2 3, Wood 1-6 2-2 4, Poole 1-2 1-1 3, Ruffin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 15-60 5-12 36.

MARYLAND - Harper 7-10 8-11 22, Langhorne 5-9 4-5 14, Doron 3-10 2-2 8, France 5-8 2-2 13, Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Newman 2-6 0-0 6, Carr 1-2 0-0 2, Henson 1-1 0-0 2, Ross 0-1 2-4 2, Gilchrist 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 28-52 18-24 77.

Halftime-Maryland, 46-24. 3-Point goals-Loyola 1-8 (Troupe 1-6, Glessner 0-1, Davis 0-1), Maryland 3-8 (Newman 2-3, France 1-2, Doron 0-3). Fouled out-Perry. Rebounds-Loyola 26 (Troupe, Dunn, Valderas 4), Maryland 50 (Langhorne 10). Assists-Loyola 10 (Dunn 4), Maryland 15 (Doron 6). Total fouls-Loyola 18, Maryland 16. A-2,435.

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