Terps roll into postseason

Rout lifts win total to 26, most ever by UM women's team in regular season

Maryland 89 Northern Colorado 53

February 27, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- With 11 20-win seasons since 1971 and an Atlantic Coast Conference-best eight tournament championships, the Maryland women's basketball program is no stranger to success.

But this season's Terps have set a new standard in the program with a 26-victory regular season that was capped by yesterday's 89-53 demolition of Northern Colorado before 5,914 at Comcast Center.

No. 4 Maryland's 26-3 regular-season record is its best since the 1988-89 team went 23-2.

"Just extremely proud of the team and what they've been able to accomplish," coach Brenda Frese said.

"We're extremely excited about going into the ACC [tournament] and the NCAAs with everybody playing their best and playing with confidence and building on this momentum that we've had here."

Said junior guard Shay Doron (13 points and four assists): "We feel proud. We worked really hard."

Maryland, which collected a school-record 15th victory at home, now prepares to travel to the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., where the Terps - as the No. 3 seed - earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of No. 6 seed Miami and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Yesterday's opponent wasn't an ACC rival, but Northern Colorado wasn't exactly a pushover. Although the Bears have lost six of their past seven contests to fall to 13-15, they scared Maryland last year when they connected on 16 three-pointers before fading at the end and losing, 87-79.

After Northern Colorado freshman guard Jabrenta Hubbard drove the lane and sank a layup for two of her game-high 18 points to give the Bears an 8-7 lead almost five minutes into the first half, the Terps went on a 23-6 run to regain the advantage.

Maryland enjoyed a 49-28 lead at halftime, and Northern Colorado never got closer than 24 points in the second half.

"We played with a lot of energy," Frese said. "We really worked and tried to get better."

While freshman point guard Kristi Toliver led all Terps with 17 points, the presence of sophomores Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper in the post proved to be too much for the Bears.

Langhorne recorded 11 of her 16 points in the first half, while Harper scored 10 of her 14 points in the same period. The Terps outscored the Bears 42-22 in the paint.

"They're just too big and strong for us, especially inside," Northern Colorado coach Ron Vlasin said. "We had to give up something. We had to back up and hang on Langhorne and Harper inside, and they shot well from the outside.

Notes -- On a day designated to honor the team's seniors, coach Brenda Frese started forwards Charmaine Carr and Angel Ross in place of Laura Harper and Marissa Coleman. Carr posted four points, six rebounds, two steals and a block, and Ross finished with one point, three rebounds and a block. ... Doron is one free throw away from taking sole possesion of the career free-throw record at Maryland. Doron and Deedee Warley are tied with 386 free throws.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

NORTHERN COLORADO-Barbour 2-11 1-2 7, Hagen 5-11 2-3 13, Cox 1-2 2-2 5, Fosdick 2-6 0-0 5, Hubbard 7-17 2-2 18, Mcgrath 1-1 0-0 3, Martinson 0-0 0-0 0, Dillon 0-2 0-0 0, Christopherson 0-0 0-0 0, Drangmeister 0-1 0-0 0, McCarroll 1-6 0-0 2, Veal 0-0 0-0 0, Ford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 7-9 53. MARYLAND-Carr 2-6 0-0 4, Ross 0-1 1-2 1, Langhorne 6-7 4-4 16, Toliver 7-11 0-0 17, Doron 5-11 0-0 13, Harper 5-7 4-6 14, Newman 2-12 0-0 6, Coleman 2-8 1-1 6, Noirez 3-8 2-2 8, Perry 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 34-77 12-15 89. Halftime-Maryland 49-28. 3-point goals-N. Colorado 8-29 (Hubbard 2-6, Barbour 2-8, Mcgrath 1-1, Cox 1-2, Hagen 1-3, Fosdick 1-4, Drangmeister 0-1, Dillon 0-2, McCarroll 0-2), Maryland 9-26 (Doron 3-6, Toliver 3-7, Newman 2-7, Coleman 1-5, Carr 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-N. Colorado 35 (Barbour 10), Maryland 50 (Coleman 10). Assists-N. Colorado 12 (Hubbard, McCarroll 3), Maryland 21 (Coleman 7). Total fouls-N. Colorado 14, Maryland 14. A-5,914.

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