No. 17 Terps women thwart Marshall, 83-68

Ahead by two at halftime, UM rides 2nd-half steals to Terrapin Classic win

College Basketball

December 31, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Nothing like a too-close-for-comfort affair to prepare you for conference play.

Clinging to a two-point halftime lead, the No. 17 Maryland women's basketball team made six steals early in the second half to turn a tight contest into an 83-68 victory over Marshall in the Terrapin Classic championship game before 2,865 at Comcast Center last night.

The Terps (10-1), who begin Atlantic Coast Conference play on Sunday with a visit to Virginia Tech, owned just a 32-30 lead at halftime, but outscored Marshall 51-38 in the second half by converting 25 Marshall turnovers into 26 points.

"I definitely was not happy at halftime in the locker room," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose team extended its winning streak to eight. "We didn't come out inspired. ... You could see a different focus and mentality in the second half on the defensive end, which led to some opportunities on offense."

Added freshman center Crystal Langhorne, who posted 20 points and six rebounds: "Defensive pressure, that's what Coach stressed to us."

The first 4:27 of the second half proved critical for Maryland. The Terps made six steals to fuel a 17-6 run to open the half.

That span benefited Shay Doron, who scored eight points to wipe away the memory of a five-point performance in the first half.

"At halftime, I composed myself and got reassurance from my teammates," said Doron, who finished with 26 points, four rebounds and three steals. "I got a couple of easy looks, and that's all you need to get your confidence back."

The Thundering Herd (6-5) scored seven unanswered points to trim the deficit to 49-43, but Maryland scored 11 of the next 13 points.

The effort overshadowed a first half that began promisingly for the Terps, who opened by converting five of 10 attempts from the field to build a 15-5 advantage.

But Maryland's hot shooting cooled as the Terps missed nine of their next 12 attempts over a 7:36 span. Marshall took advantage by connecting on eight of 13 shots to assume a 25-22 lead with 7:50 left in the half.

Langhorne, however, scored five points to spark a 10-5 Maryland burst that closed out the half.

In the consolation game, Massachusetts senior forward Brooke Campbell had nine points, 14 rebounds and four steals to pace the Minutewomen (7-3) to a 57-50 win over Elon (1-9).

NOTES: Freshman forward Laura Harper underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair the left Achilles' tendon she tore during practice Monday night, Frese said. No complications were reported, but it could take Harper as long as a year to return to the court, Frese said.

MARSHALL-Champion 8-11 4-6 20, Ishola 4-5 0-0 8, Shepard-Hall 3-7 0-0 7, Hodge 3-11 2-3 8, Griffin 6-12 0-2 14, Curry 2-6 0-0 4, Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Smiley 2-6 0-0 6, Statler 0-4 0-0 0, Hagan 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 28-63 7-13 68. MARYLAND-Perry 3-8 2-2 8, Langhorne 6-9 8-18 20, Doron 9-17 6-8 26, France 4-14 2-3 11, Smith 2-6 1-2 5, Newman 2-5 1-2 5, Carr 0-3 0-0 0, Henson 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Noirez 3-5 0-1 6, Gilchrest 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 29-67 22-38 83. Half-Maryland, 32-30. 3-point goals-Marshall 5-9 (Griffin 2-4, Smiley 2-4, Shepard-Hall 1-1), Maryland 3-9 (Doron 2-5, France 1-2, Smith, 0-1, Newman, 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Marshall 38 (Champion 11), Maryland 47 (France 10). Assists-Marshall 17 (Griffin 6), Maryland 17 (Smith 14). Total fouls-Marshall 26, Maryland 14. A-2,865.

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