No. 9 UM women keep on cruising

Point total is 3rd highest in team history

Maryland 118 Appalachian State 59

December 02, 2005|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- No warm sun, no palm trees, no problem for the Maryland women's basketball team.

Wary of a letdown after a successful run at a tournament in the Virgin Islands last weekend, the No. 9 Terrapins pressed down on the accelerator and didn't let up in cruising to a 118-59 victory over Appalachian State before 2,354 at Comcast Center last night.

Six players - led by junior guard Shay Doron's 20 points - registered double-digit point totals, and Maryland's 118 points were the third-highest total in team history. (The school record of 121 was set in 1992 in a 69-point rout of Drexel.)

The Terps (5-1) might've been somewhat concerned about playing the Mountaineers (1-3) after experiencing the emotional highs of beating then-No. 9 Michigan State and losing to No. 2 Tennessee by just five points at the Paradise Jam over the Thanksgiving weekend.

But sophomore forward Jade Perry said the players were determined to get back on the winning track after the setback to the Volunteers on Saturday.

"I think the whole team was motivated to play," said Perry, who had career highs in points and rebounds with 16 each. "We feel that we're a great team."

If Appalachian State harbored any hope of an upset, the Terps ended those dreams in a hurry.

Maryland scored on its first six possessions, building a 13-3 lead just three minutes into the game.

The Terps refused to relent, and by the time Doron made a three-pointer and got fouled in the process with 11:18 left in the first half to give her team a 35-17 advantage, Maryland had connected on 13 of 19 shots from the floor.

"A lot of people are seeing that now with our firepower and just how many different weapons we have," said coach Brenda Frese, whose team shot 60 percent (42-for-70) and reached 100 points for the second time this season. "I think it's exciting because of how unselfishly our players are playing. Our players don't have to force and take a bad shot."

Note -- Frese hinted that junior guard Kalika France might miss the entire season because of severe tendinitis in both knees that has sidelined her for the first six games.edward.lee@baltsun.com

APPALACHIAN STATE - Bennett 1-2 0-0 2, Kirby 4-11 1-2 11, Conyers 2-11 0-0 4, Tossie 1-4 1-2 3, Wyatt 5-8 0-1 11, Hailey 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Costner 2-3 0-0 4, Kelley 6-16 4-4 17, Ketner 0-4 2-2 2, Edwards 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 23-68 9-13 59. MARYLAND - Perry 7-14 2-2 16, Langhorne 6-6 5-6 17, Toliver 5-11 5-6 17, Newman 5-8 5-5 16, Doron 6-20 6-6 20, Coleman 7-9 2-2 17, Carr 1-7 3-5 5, Ross 1-1 0-0 2, Noirez 4-4 0-0 8. Totals 42-70 28-32 118. Halftime - Maryland 66-29. 3-point goals - Appalachian State 4-9 (Kirby 2-2, Tossie 0-1, Wyatt 1-1, Kelley 1-5); Maryland 6-10 (Toliver 2-4, Newman 1-2, Doron 2-3, Coleman 1-1). Rebounds - Appalachian State 23 (Bennett 6); Maryland 54 (Perry 16). Assists - Appalachian State 14 (Tossie, Hailey 3); Maryland 29 (Toliver 11). A - 2,354.

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