Terps women romp with `D'

No. 6 UM holds Patriots to 20 percent shooting, improves to 10-1

Maryland 70 George Mason 33


Fairfax, Va. -- It's no secret that the Maryland women's basketball team, with the second-most prolific offense in the country, can score.

Last night, the Terps proved that they can play defense, too.

No. 6 Maryland harassed host George Mason into a variety of season lows to enjoy a 70-33 win before 1,215 at the Patriot Center.

Terps sophomore guard Ashleigh Newman led all players with 21 points, and freshman forward Marissa Coleman added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, which improved to 10-1 and extended its winning streak to six games.

The key, however, was the Terps' defense, which held an opponent to its lowest point total since Howard posted just 32 points on Dec. 4, 1996.

Maryland forced George Mason (4-5) into recording season lows in points (33), points in a half (14) and field-goal percentage (.200). No Patriots player reached double digits in points.

"Our defense held us in there," coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we did a great job of just locking down and focusing on the defensive end."

The Terps also benefited from the presence of Newman, who shot 8-for-15 and tied her previous career high of 21 points against Clemson last February.

With junior guard Shay Doron hitting just four of 14 field-goal attempts for 10 points and the Patriots employing a 2-3 zone to limit sophomore center Crystal Langhorne to eight points, Maryland desperately needed Newman.

"When they came out in a 2-3 zone, I knew that was my time to step up and hit big threes," said Newman, who also chipped in with five rebounds and four assists. "My teammates were getting doubled in the post, and when they were kicking it out to me, I had wide-open shots."

Newman left the game with 9:25 left in the second half after she was intentionally fouled by George Mason sophomore guard Keyhana Wakefield. Newman had a chance to set a career high, but missed both free-throw attempts before making her way to the bench.

The Patriots led just once - when junior forward Tracy Ann Holness made a three-pointer to give George Mason an 11-10 edge with 13:29 left in the first half.

But Maryland went on a 10-2 burst that included two three-pointers from Coleman that gave the Terps an advantage they would not relinquish.

The Patriots didn't help their cause by slipping into a 10:24 funk without a field goal that spanned the first and second halves.

Notes -- Freshman point guard Kristi Toliver sat out for the third time in the Terps' past four games because of continuing leg pain. Frese said there is no timetable on her return. Junior center Aurelie Noirez also missed the game after being given permission to fly back to France to spend Christmas with her family.edward.lee@baltsun.com

MARYLAND - Coleman 7-11 1-2 20, Perry 1-4 3-4 5, Langhorne 3-8 2-4 8, Newman 8-15 3-7 21, Doron 4-14 0-0 10, Harper 1-4 4-8 6, Carr 0-0 0-2 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 13-27 70. GEORGE MASON - Shumaker 0-0 0-0 0, Holness 3-15 0-4 7, Akintunde 4-13 1-5 9, Wakefield 0-1 2-2 2, Daniels 1-7 0-0 3, Wade 1-9 0-0 2, Smith 1-2 0-1 2, Meyers 1-3 0-0 3, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, Slade 1-2 0-0 2, Quigley 0-4 1-2 1, Rautzhan 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 13-65 4-14 33. Half -Maryland 35-19. 3-point goals-Maryland 9-20 (Coleman 5-7, Doron 2-6, Newman 2-7), George Mason 3-19 (Meyers 1-2, Daniels 1-5, Holness 1-6, Wade 0-1, Rautzhan 0-2, Quigley 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Maryland 55 (Harper 12), George Mason 41 (Akintunde 10). Assists-Maryland 17 (Doron 7), George Mason 8 (Daniels, Holness 2). Total fouls-Maryland 14, George Mason 17. A-1,215.

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