No. 8 Terps win fifth straight

Terrapins overcome sluggish start, turnovers

Maryland women 69, Coppin State 38

College Basketball


COLLEGE PARK -- For 17 minutes, the Maryland women's basketball team looked sluggish, uninspired and in danger of being on the wrong side of an upset.

The Terrapins had missed three layups and turned the ball over 12 times to visiting Coppin State with 2:45 left in the first half.

But No. 8 Maryland regained its edge just before halftime and put away the visiting Lady Eagles, 69-38, for its fifth straight victory before 2,384 at Comcast Center last night.

Freshman forward Marissa Coleman scored a team-high 13 points for the Terps (9-1), who also got double-digit point totals from Shay Doron and Laura Harper (12 each) and Ashleigh Newman (10).

But it was an off-night for Maryland, which produced a season low in points and watched Crystal Langhorne's streak of nine consecutive games with at least 10 points end. Langhorne finished with seven.

"I was disappointed obviously in our first half," coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we could've came out and played a lot more inspired and played a lot harder. I think our minds were on finals versus getting prepared for this game."

Doron agreed with her coach, adding: "We just wanted to come out with some more energy. We felt really flat. I think our turnovers had a lot to do with how we were playing."

Turnovers continue to hurt the Terps, who committed 21 last night and have turned the ball over at least 21 times in their past three games. Coppin State (1-4) converted those turnovers into just 16 points, but with four games before the Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Boston College and freshman point guard Kristi Toliver out with leg pains, Frese admitted that she is worried.

"When you get to ACC play, if you want to be one of the great contenders and want to be a player, we're definitely going to have to limit that," she said. "That's an area that - I don't know if this team thinks they're just going to turn it on, but it's serious that we've got to take better care of the basketball."

Maryland opened the game in its usual high-octane fashion, scoring 17 of the first 21 points.

But the Lady Eagles' 12-7 run shaved the deficit to 24-16.

But four free throws from Doron fueled an 11-0 Terps burst that gave them a 35-16 advantage at halftime.

Coppin State coach Derek Brown said the strategy was to keep the ball from the Terps by slowing the tempo and running the shot clock down to 15 seconds before shooting.

"Maryland likes to get up and down the floor, and they do it as well as anybody in the country," he said. "We had no choice but to slow it down. ... For the most part, we did limit their possessions."

After Coppin State opened the second half with a 6-3 run, Maryland scored 13 unanswered points to seal the outcome.

COPPIN STATE - Harden 1-2 0-2 2, Tucker 5-15 0-0 10, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Suber 7-20 2-2 16, Noel 1-7 2-2 4, Oakley 1-1 0-0 2, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Anders 1-1 0-0 2, Martin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 17-48 4-6 38.

MARYLAND - Coleman 3-4 6-7 13, Perry 2-3 0-0 4, Langhorne 2-7 3-5 7, Newman 2-8 4-4 10, Doron 3-12 5-6 12, Harper 5-7 2-2 12, Carr 2-3 3-4 7, Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Noirez 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 21-51 23-28 69.

Halftime-Maryland, 35-16. 3-point goals-Coppin St. 0-5 (Tucker 0-1, Noel 0-1, Suber 0-3), Maryland 4-11 (Newman 2-6, Coleman 1-1, Doron 1-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Coppin St. 19 (Cunningham 5), Maryland 40 (Langhorne 10). Assists-Coppin St. 8 (Oakley, Suber, Tucker 2), Maryland 10 (Coleman 3). Total fouls-Coppin St. 20, Maryland 10. A-2,384.

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