Terps women win their fourth straight

Without a point guard, they handle press

Maryland 92, Arizona 67

College basketball

December 12, 2005|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland women's basketball team proved its point even without having one.

The No. 9 Terrapins, who played much of yesterday's game against Arizona without their only true point guard, turned back the visiting Wildcats, 92-67, to win their fourth straight before 4,018 at Comcast Center.

Six Maryland players finished with double-digit point totals, including freshman forward Marissa Coleman, who led the Terps (8-1) with 20 points.

Center Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Shay Doron chipped in with 12 points and a career-high 13 assists against a stiff half-court press from Arizona (4-3).

Maryland coach Brenda Frese praised Doron for shifting from her usual shooting guard position to fill in for freshman point guard Kristi Toliver, who played just three minutes due to unspecified leg pain.

"I really felt like this was a statement game for us because we knew we were going to face adversity with the press and with Toliver being in a reduced and limited role," Frese said. "I just thought every player took ownership. We didn't feel sorry for ourselves. A year ago, we might've felt like we were going to be behind the 8-ball. Every player stepped up and knew they had to play big."

The Terps got it done on both ends of the floor, limiting Arizona to 35.2 percent shooting (25 of 71) and 36 percent (nine of 25) from three-point range.

Maryland was successful on the offensive end, too. After Ashleigh Newman missed the team's first three-pointer, the Terps sank eight straight from behind the three-point line - including consecutive baskets from Toliver, Coleman and Newman to spark a 17-0 run that gave them a 46-27 advantage at halftime.

When the Wildcats adjusted their defense during halftime to attack the perimeter, Langhorne, Laura Harper (14 points and four blocks) and Jade Perry (10 points and six rebounds) helped the Terps score 30 of their 44 points in the paint in the second half.

"When we're dominating down low, we're opening it up for the guards," Harper said. "And then we just have a complete team like we're having right now. ... The only thing we can do is get better. Today, I think we took a step forward."

Natalie Jones scored a game-high 29 points for Arizona, whose 6-foot-5 center Shawntinice Polk, a Wade Trophy and Wooden Award candidate, died of a blood clot that traveled to her lungs in September.

Wildcats coach Joan Bonvicini said she was impressed with Maryland.

"Maryland has so many weapons," Bonvicini said. "They're just a very good basketball team. They have a lot of different weapons inside and out, and they're very good defensively."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

ARIZONA-Chappell 0-0 0-0 0, Pace 0-3 1-2 1, Whisonant 5-13 0-0 11, Jones 10-19 6-6 29, Hollingsworth 5-19 0-0 13, Burns 1-4 0-0 3, Fields 1-2 1-2 3, Arnold 1-4 0-0 3, Oh 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 25-71 8-10 67.

MARYLAND-Coleman 8-11 0-0 20, Perry 4-6 2-2 10, Langhorne 5-12 5-7 15, Newman 5-7 1-1 14, Doron 3-7 4-4 12, Harper 6-7 2-2 14, Toliver 1-1 0-0 3, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Noirez 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 33-53 16-18 92.

Halftime-Maryland 46-27. 3-point goals-Arizona 9-25 (Jones 3-8, Hollingsworth 3-9, Arnold 1-2, Burns 1-2, Whisonant 1-2, Oh 0-2), Maryland 10-16 (Coleman 4-5, Newman 3-5, Doron 2-5, Toliver 1-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Arizona 28 (Hollingsworth 8), Maryland 39 (Langhorne 11). Assists-Arizona 14 (Hollingsworth, Jones 4), Maryland 27 (Doron 13). Total fouls-Arizona 17, Maryland 7. A-4,018.

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