UM women roll to win

Doron has 26 points to lead No. 6 Terps

Maryland 94, Central Conn. State 57

College Basketball

December 30, 2005|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- Despite being on holiday break, the Maryland women's basketball team played like last night was a school night.

The No. 6 Terps scored 23 of the game's first 25 points and put away visiting Central Connecticut State early to post a 94-57 drubbing before 3,085 in the nightcap of the Terrapin Classic at Comcast Center.

Junior guard Shay Doron led all scorers with 26 points and also had five assists. For the second time this season, sophomore center Crystal Langhorne was perfect from the field, making all nine of her field-goals to add 22 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

"I think we came out really well," said Langhorne, who tied the school record for field-goal shooting shared by four players with at least eight attempts. "We were intense and played great defense. I think we did a good job offensively, but I think we just came out with great intensity."

Maryland (11-1) will meet Furman in tonight's final at 7. The Paladins (5-5) outlasted UMES, 86-81, in overtime in the first game.

The Terps also got a bit of good news. Freshman point guard Kristi Toliver, who has missed four of the past five games with leg pain, reported that the pain in her left leg has subsided.

Toliver is still hobbled by pain in her right shin, but coach Brenda Frese was pleased by Toliver's response to treatment and rehabilitation.

The outlook was not as rosy, however, for junior guard Kalika France, who tried to practice after Christmas but was "extremely sore" the next day, according to Frese. France is recovering from surgery for tendinitis in both knees. Like Toliver, France is listed as day-to-day.

Central Connecticut State's night began optimistically when senior forward Kim Boone opened the game with a jumper to give the team a 2-0 lead.

But the lead was short-lived as Maryland scored 23 unanswered points. Langhorne fueled the run with nine points, while Doron and freshman forward Marissa Coleman each scored seven points.

The Terps' defense proved to be just as overpowering as the offense, preventing the Blue Devils (2-7) from scoring a field goal during a nine-minute, 15-second stretch after Boone's opening basket. Boone ended the drought with a three-pointer with 10:16 left in the first half, but Maryland still owned a 28-7 advantage.

By halftime, the Terps had a 51-16 lead. Central Connecticut State's 16 points matched the season low registered by Coppin State in a 69-39 loss to Maryland on Dec. 13.

Furman 86, UMES 81 -- The Hawks mounted a furious rally to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit but couldn't sustain the charge in overtime and lost for the fifth time in their past six games. Senior forward Jamila Griffith had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds and senior guard Toni Kennedy (Dunbar) added 17 points and four steals, but UMES (2-6) was outscored 15-10 in overtime. Trailing 35-23 at halftime, the Hawks chipped away at the Paladins' advantage until a jumper by Kennedy gave UMES a 59-58 lead with 6:08 left in the game - the team's first lead since 12-11 at the 5:12 mark of the first half. But the Hawks couldn't protect the advantage and two free throws by Furman senior guard Tommi Paris (20 points, five assists) with 12.7 seconds left tied the score at 71 and sent the game into overtime. In overtime, freshman guard Sarah Baker scored the first five points, and the Paladins never looked back en route to their third win in their past five games. UMES will meet Central Connecticut at 5 p.m. today.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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