UM given run for money, then runs away

Toliver leads 14-0 spurt in second half as Terrapins recover from sluggish start to defeat Dukes

No. 11 Maryland Women 90, James Madison 76

November 21, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez | Patrick Gutierrez,patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK - Sometimes one good run is all it takes.

That was the theme last night as No. 11 Maryland bounced back from a poor start to run its home winning streak to 23 games with a 90-76 victory over James Madison before an announced 6,169 at Comcast Center.

Preseason All-American and Harrisonburg, Va., native Kristi Toliver led the Terps on a 14-0 run in the middle of the second half to put the game away after the teams traded leads multiple times during the first 30 minutes. Toliver finished with 27 points on 8-for-19 shooting, and all five Maryland starters finished in double figures, accounting for 86 of the team's 90 points. The Dukes' Dawn Evans led all scorers with 33 points on 14-for-33 shooting.

"It really came down to our defensive intensity," coach Brenda Frese said about the team's decisive run. "I thought we had some really key stops at critical moments in the game."

Points were hard to come by initially as both offenses struggled. The Terps' first half was filled with turnovers (13), personal fouls (11) and missed shots (20), all of which allowed the Dukes to stay in the game.

James Madison threatened to take a one-point lead into halftime before Toliver's turnaround jump shot as time was winding down gave Maryland a 35-34 advantage.

Both teams' play improved considerably in the second half, and the game was back and forth for the first 10 minutes. The Terps pounded the ball inside to freshman Lynetta Kizer (18 points) and Marissa Coleman, who had 10 of her 14 points after halftime.

Evans kept her team in it by answering nearly every time Maryland threatened to go on a run. Her three-pointer with 10:05 left cut the deficit to one.

The Terps (2-1) went on their big run, though. Coleman's basket with 7:47 left made it 69-60. After a timeout by James Madison (1-1), Maryland extended the lead to 15, and the game was essentially over.

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