Dynamic duo leads Terps to victory

No. 11 Maryland Women 88 Ucla 65

Toliver scores 25 points and Coleman chips in with 22 as UM wins third consecutive game

November 24, 2008|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK - Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman give No. 11 Maryland one of the most formidable duos in the nation, and yesterday the seniors put on a clinic against overmatched UCLA at Comcast Center.

Toliver finished with 25 points and Coleman added 22 as the Terps rolled to an 88-65 victory before an announced 7,469. After a loss to Texas Christian in the season opener, the Terps have beaten their past three opponents by an average of 21 points. It was Maryland's 24th consecutive victory at home.

"Coming into this game, I thought UCLA had a tremendous amount of depth," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I am just really pleased that each and every game we are starting to put more things together. I thought we came out - in the first half, especially - with some really great intensity and energy."

Toliver surpassed 1,500 points for her career, and her five assists helped her surpass 600 and move into sixth place all-time in the ACC.

"I think after playing four games, we are finally starting to get into a rhythm," Toliver said. "It's a whole new team and we have to build that chemistry. I think now we are really building it. Good things are starting to happen."

Coleman surpassed 1,600 career points, moving into sixth place in school history.

Highly touted Maryland freshman Lynetta Kizer continues to impress: She finished with 10 points, three blocks and six rebounds. Junior college transfer Demauria Liles had 13 points and eight rebounds.

"I just focused on the rebounding aspect," Kizer said. "I was prepared to block my man and go for the ball. That was definitely one of the main things we focused on."

Maryland made 31 of 60 field-goal attempts (51.7 percent) and was seven of 17 from three-point range. The Terps' bench outscored UCLA's 26-10.

The Terps (3-1) took advantage of some poor UCLA shooting and went on a 19-4 run midway through the first half for a 23-7 lead. The Bruins made just six of 33 shots (18.2 percent) in the first half and had 17 turnovers. UCLA trailed 41-22 at halftime.

"We did want to jump out early," Frese said. "We knew it was a three-hour time change so it was 11 o'clock for them. I really liked our mind-set. We came out really aggressive."

After missing their first five shots of the game, the Terps settled down and Toliver and Coleman each had 10 points in the half. The Bruins increased their pressure in the second half and cut the lead to 50-38 on layup by Doreena Campbell (25 points) with 13:27 left.

A three-pointer by Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood increased Maryland's lead to 68-51 with 6:46 left and the Terps continued to pull away.

The Bruins (2-1) made 25 of 72 field-goal tries and one three-pointer in 16 attempts in the game.



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