UM women rout Monmouth

No. 19 Terps cruise, 81-49, win 6th in a row

Doron leads romp with 20 points

December 13, 2004|By David Selig | David Selig,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - The Maryland women's basketball team has final exams this week, which should be a change of pace for the Terps players who were virtually untested by Monmouth last night.

The No. 19-ranked Terps routed the Hawks, 81-49, to win their sixth straight game and improve to 7-1 before 2,729 at Comcast Center.

Sophomore guard Shay Doron, who paced the Terps with 20 points and also had seven steals, said she feels the Terps can improve despite playing weaker competition.

"I just think every game we need to take positives and learn from the negatives," she said. "Once we get to the [Atlantic Coast Conference] we'll be ready to play tougher teams."

Maryland's average margin of victory in its seven wins is more than 26 points. The team's only loss came to No. 1-ranked Louisiana State.

As they have in the past five games, the Terps dominated the rebounding last night, pulling down 45 rebounds to the Hawks' 28. All 12 of Maryland's players grabbed at least two rebounds.

The team sprinted to a 40-16 lead before halftime, sparked by a 15-0 run and 22 points off Hawks turnovers.

"I thought the first half we played close to as good of defense as we've played all season long," coach Brenda Frese said.

The Terps were less effective in the second half, allowing 33 points. Still, Frese said she thought the Terps made strides despite the lopsided result.

"We continue to get confidence every time we step on the floor because we really set our own measuring stick every time we get out there," she said. "We challenge within ourselves and we don't look at the point spread."

Freshmen Crystal Langhorne and Ashleigh Newman added 11 points each in a balanced offensive effort. Newman was 5-for-5 from the field.

Reserve forwards Liz Gilchrist and Angel Ross both scored in the final minute to ensure a basket for each player on Maryland's roster.

The team shot 53 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range.

Junior forward Niamh Dwyer led Monmouth (4-4) with 17 points, but turned the ball over six times.

The Terps have more than a week off for final exams and return to action next Monday to host local rival Coppin State.

Including last night, the Terps have won each of their four home contests this season by at least 20 points.

"We've definitely made it an issue that anyone who comes in here needs to be ready for a fight because this is our home," Doron said before rushing out of the post-game news conference to study for her 8 a.m. final.

MONMOUTH-Lumpkin 5-12 2-3 12, Dwyer 7-17 0-0 17, Bynum 0-3 1-2 1, Winston 1-4 0-1 2, Whalen 2-4 2-2 6, Merriweather 0-2 0-0 0, Edwards 1-5 0-0 3, Ware 0-0 0-0 0, McCloskey 0-1 0-0 0, Ramdolph 2-8 1-2 6, Zegowtiz 0-0 2-3 2. Totals 18-56 8-13 49. MARYLAND-Harper 4-6 0-0 8, Langhorne 4-10 3-4 11, Doron 7-11 6-6 20, France 2-4 0-0 6, Smith 2-4 0-0 4, Newman 5-5 0-0 11, Carr 0-2 2-4 2, Henson 1-4 4-4 6, Ross 1-1 0-0 2, Noirez 1-4 1-2 3, Gilchrest 1-1 0-0 2, Perry 3-6 0-1 6. Totals 31-58 16-21 81. Halftime-Maryland 40-16. 3-point goals- Monmouth 5-17 (Dwyer 3-8, Edwards 1-2, Randolph 1-4, Lumpkin 0-1, Winston 0-1, Whalen 0-1), Maryland 3-5 (France 2-2, Newman 1-1, Henson 0-2). Rebounds-Monmouth 28 (Merriweather 4), Maryland 45 (Harper 7). Assists-Monmouth 9 (Randolph 4), Maryland 18 (Smith 8). Total fouls-Monmouth 18, Maryland 18. A-2,729.

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