Coleman hits Terps history

She gets program's first triple double

Maryland 105 UC-Santa Barbara 44

December 03, 2006|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland women's basketball record book is filled with significant team and personal achievements, from Atlantic Coast Conference titles to Player of the Year awards, and, of course, last year's national championship.

But, until sophomore Marissa Coleman found Crystal Langhorne with a long, lead pass late in last night's 105-44 drubbing of UC-Santa Barbara, the top-ranked Terps had never had a player who had produced a triple double.

Coleman, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, got the final piece to a 15-point, 14-rebound and 10-assist performance on a touchdown pass to a waiting Langhorne with just over six minutes to go, delighting a crowd of 8,069.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Sports section reported incorrectly that Maryland's Marissa Coleman had recorded the 10th triple double by an Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball player. It was the 11th.

Afterward, Coleman credited a pre-game speech from coach Brenda Frese and a really good pre-game meal from a local seafood restaurant as inspirations for what Frese called "a special, special night."

"It [the triple double] definitely just snuck up on me," Coleman said. "We all just wanted to go out and have fun. She [Frese] said we're going to be driven in December, so we just took that to heart and wanted to go out and play a complete 40-minute game. I felt like any of our players could have accomplished what I did because we were just that motivated and excited to play.'`

It marked the 10th time in ACC history that a player had connected for double figures in three statistical categories in a game, but surprisingly the first at Maryland, which has produced three Kodak All-Americans, nine first-team All-ACC players and five ACC Rookies of the Year -- including Coleman, who won it last year.

Coleman, who had been slowed by a slight tailbone bruise two weeks ago, repeatedly found Langhorne and Laura Harper with entry passes, which the interior players converted into baskets, as they combined for 37 points.

Frese said she had decided after Wednesday's win at Marshall to try Coleman, the team's starting small forward, at the point occasionally in relief of sophomore Kristi Toliver.

"I just know what Marissa's strengths are, and with her size, that's an area that we can utilize," Frese said. "I think Marissa gives us poise when she moves into that slot wherever she is, just when she's on the floor. I think it helps our offense."

As has been the case since the season opener at Middle Tennessee State, the Terps (9-0) were never seriously threatened, running out to a 17-2 advantage in the first nine minutes.

However, Frese, who had been critical of Maryland's second-half efforts in games this season, could find no fault in the Terps' performance at either end of the floor, as six players scored in double figures, with 26 team assists balanced against nine turnovers -- only three after halftime.

Defensively, Maryland took the Gauchos (1-5) out of their sets, hawking them to shoot 32 percent for the game, while pounding them on the boards 51-17, 15-4 on the offensive glass.

"When you watch tape, it always appears that there are weaknesses that you can attack," said UCSB coach Mark French. "Obviously [last night] some of those things that might be weaknesses didn't turn out to be that way. They were awesome on the offensive boards."

Senior guard Shay Doron moved into fourth place on Maryland's scoring list with 1,613 points, passing Jessie Hicks.

milton.kent@baltsun.com

UC SANTA BARBARA--Warren 3-7 2-2 8, Green 7-13 3-4 17, Wilson 3-10 0-0 6, Franey 1-6 1-3 4, Fears 3-13 0-2 7, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Gibbons 0-1 0-0 0, Gnekow 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Goble 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 6-11 44. MARYLAND--Harper 7-7 5-7 19, Coleman 6-8 2-2 15, Langhorne 8-10 2-6 18, Toliver 2-5 6-6 11, Doron 4-12 3-4 13, Marrone 2-4 0-0 5, Newman 5-8 0-1 11, Noirez 3-6 1-2 7, Perry 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 40-63 19-28 105. Half--Maryland, 45-17. 3-point goals--UC Santa Barbara 2-12 (Franey 1-3, Fears 1-6, Wilson 0-1, Gnekow 0-1, Gibbons 0-1), Maryland 6-14 (Doron 2-5, Marrone 1-2, Coleman 1-2, Toliver 1-2, Newman 1-3). Fouled out--Fears, Wilson. Rebounds--UC Santa Barbara 17 (Franey 5), Maryland 51 (Coleman 14). Assists--UC Santa Barbara 9 (Fears, Franey 3), Maryland 26 (Coleman 10). Total fouls--UC Santa Barbara 21, Maryland 15. A--8,069.

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