College Park -- In the locker room before facing Xavier yesterday, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese told her players they were going to do some special things this season. All they had to do was prove themselves by handily defeating teams they should.
Her players, however, came out jittery and found themselves down four points about five minutes into the game. They were missing shots and forcing passes.
"I really thought we kind of looked nervous," Frese said.
Six minutes later, the game was all but over, as the No. 14 Terps went on a 19-point run and cruised to a 93-68 home-opening win at Comcast Center.
"When you can dominate a game like that for 40 minutes, it says a lot about the direction that this team is heading in," Frese said.
The catalyst was junior guard Shay Doron, who scored six points during the stretch and scored her 1,000th career point. Doron took the fewest games of any Terp to ever reach that mark.
She was presented with a commemorative ball after the game, which she said she will give to her father.
"You could have fooled me. I was surprised," Doron said with a laugh. "I don't think I've ever been somewhere this long to actually make 1,000 points with one team."
The Israeli native had 19 points before the half and 23 total. She was also tied for the team lead in rebounds on a day when the Terps (2-0) had 48 compared with only 28 by Xavier (1-1).
Freshman point guard Kristi Toliver was second on the team with 16 points, many coming when Doron sat on the bench for much of the second half. Fellow first-year Terp Marissa Coleman had 14 points in 29 minutes and was tied with Toliver in leading the Terps in court time.
The Terps had more scorers than Xavier had players suited up and are now averaging 100 points per game in their first two contests. They had 24 assists compared with nine by their counterparts.
"Everybody's here to help each other out, and when we can play that unselfishly, like we have, great things are going to happen for this team," Frese said.