Terps women turn up heat on Bonnies, romp, 91-42

UM forces 27 turnovers in winning fourth straight

College Basketball

December 08, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - For a change, the Maryland women's basketball team had some fun.

Fresh off a hard-fought, two-point win against unranked Xavier on Saturday, the No. 19 Terrapins blasted visiting St. Bonaventure, 91-42, before 2,273 at Comcast Center last night.

Maryland (6-1), which posted its largest margin of victory this season, won its fourth consecutive game by forcing the Bonnies (2-4) to commit a season-high 27 turnovers, limiting them to 27.8 percent shooting from the field and boasting five players scoring in double figures.

The margin of victory was Maryland's largest since defeating Brown, 98-47, on Dec. 29, 1999.

"Now that was fun," said Terps coach Brenda Frese, whose squad has scored at least 70 points in all six of its victories. "We really talked about making a convincing statement, and this team did that tonight."

Sophomore guard Shay Doron led all scorers with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including three of five from behind the three-point line, but there were plenty of highlights to go around.

There were double doubles from freshman center Crystal Langhorne (12 points and 10 rebounds) and forward Laura Harper (10 points and 10 rebounds), and sophomore guard Kalika France and freshman guard Ashleigh Newman each scored 11 points.

And guard Anesia Smith, one of two seniors on the Terrapins' roster, recorded eight points, seven assists and three steals.

"Everybody can score, and everyone can pass," Doron said of the team's willingness to share the wealth. "It makes us that much more dangerous."

Maryland opened the first half with a 23-4 burst aided by a Bonnies drought that spanned nearly seven minutes and ended with a free throw by freshman guard Priscilla Edwards with 9:44 left in the period.

The Terrapins led 36-10 with about two minutes left in the half. But freshman forward Iben Soltau scored four points to spark a 7-2 run that closed the gap to 21 points.

Maryland ran off 16 of the second half's first 20 points to take a 33-point lead that ballooned to 49 at the end of the game.

The Terrapins finished the game with a 46.9 field-goal percentage, but Frese was most impressed with her team's pressure defense, which converted St. Bonaventure's 27 turnovers into 34 points.

"That's something we've been challenging this team to do," she said. "We have a lot of offensive weapons, but defensively, we felt like we've been a little behind. The thing I love about this team is when you challenge them, they respond."

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