Doron, Terps rout Furman

She scores 26, leads UM to Terrapin Classic title

No. 6 Maryland 92 Furman 58

December 31, 2005|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- For those who worried that Shay Doron's scoring might take a dip after assuming point-guard duties for the Maryland women's basketball team, rest easy.

For the second straight night, Doron scored 26 points and led the No. 6 Terps to a 92-58 rout of Furman before 2,763 in the championship game of the Terrapin Classic at Comcast Center last night.

Maryland, which improved to 12-1 and won its own tournament for the third year in a row and seventh time in the event's eight-year history, collected its eighth consecutive victory. The Terps have now compiled eight-game winning streaks in back-to-back seasons.

Doron, who dropped 26 points on Central Connecticut State on Thursday night, tied her season high last night on 9-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. Doron was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

"As the point guard, I want to get my teammates involved first, but I can still score," said Doron, who has been filling in for freshman Kristi Toliver (leg pain). "I had a lot of opportunities yesterday and tonight to do that, and the ball was going in for me."

Doron was hardly alone as sophomore center Crystal Langhorne (17 points), freshman forward Marissa Coleman (16), sophomore guard Ashleigh Newman (14) and sophomore forward Laura Harper (13) each reached double digits in points.

During the Terps' winning streak, they have found a rhythm on both ends of the court. Offensively, the team's average margin of victory has been 38.1 points a game, with the lowest difference stemming from a 25-point win against Arizona on Dec. 11.

Defensively, Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 70 points since No. 1 Tennessee defeated the Terps, 80-75, on the final day of Paradise Jam on Nov. 26.

"If we want to do the kinds of things we think we can do," you've got to be able to have both," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I think when we play really solid defensively, it really cranks up our offense, and we're able to get out and get running."

Maryland opened last night's contest by scoring the game's first 10 points and 18 of the first 22.

Furman (5-6) managed to trim the advantage to single digits when senior guard Melynda Gant sank a basket to make the score 20-11, but the Terps closed out the half with a 24-9 burst to enjoy a 44-20 lead at halftime.

Notes --Toliver, who missed her fifth game in the team's past six outings due to pain in her right shin, participated in warmups last night, and Frese said the plan is to play Toliver a few minutes in Monday's home game against Manhattan. "It'll be great to be able to get her in the mix," Frese said of Toliver, who averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 assists before the injury. ... In addition to Doron, Langhorne and Coleman were named to the All-Tournament team. UMES senior forward Jamila Griffith, Central Connecticut State's Gabriella Guegbelet and Furman senior guard Tommi Paris were also chosen.

Central Connecticut State 67, UMES 61 -- A day after going into overtime before fading, the Hawks could not sustain a similar effort and lost for the sixth time in their past seven contests. Senior guard Toni Kennedy (Dunbar) paced UMES (2-7) with 13 points and three assists, but the Hawks let a 33-30 advantage - their largest of the game - slip away as the Blue Devils (3-7) went on a 13-3 run to take the lead for good. Gabriella Guegbelet recorded game highs in both points (23) and rebounds (17) to help the Blue Devils stop a six-game losing streak.edward.lee@baltsun.com

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