Senior moment

Coleman carries Terps through first-half struggles in rout

No. 15 Maryland Women 83 Loyola 52

December 10, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Marissa Coleman was one of the players Maryland coach Brenda Frese called out after Sunday's 29-point loss at Pittsburgh. Frese said she wanted more intensity and emotion from her team, especially from leaders such as Coleman.

The senior forward pleased Frese with her effort last night as No. 15 Maryland routed Loyola, 83-52, at Reitz Arena. Coleman just missed getting a double double in the first half and finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Terrapins end Loyola's five-game winning streak.

Coleman carried Maryland (8-2) through the shaky early minutes until the Terrapins got started on a 22-0 run that gave them a 47-19 lead early in the second half. Maryland turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and couldn't get going offensively.

But Coleman kept making plays, getting 13 points and nine rebounds in the first half and helping Maryland take command just before the break. The Terrapins scored the final 13 points of the first half and the first nine of the second half and held Loyola (6-3) scoreless for nearly 10 minutes.

"She [Coleman] was determined that our energy level wasn't going to drop," Frese said. "It's awesome to have that kind of leadership."

Coleman didn't want another flat performance like the team had in its 86-57 loss at Pittsburgh that dropped Maryland in the polls. She was full of energy and passion, dashing all over the court, encouraging teammates and keeping the Terrapins up throughout the difficult early minutes.

"When we watched the film [of Pittsburgh], it was extremely hard to watch," Coleman said. "I think we all got refocused, We're taking strides. ... We know we played a pretty good game today."

Maryland went to a four-guard starting lineup, but Frese put in center Lynetta Kizer quickly. The Greyhounds had no answer for Kizer (6 feet 4) and forward Demauria Liles (6-1) inside. Kizer finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Liles added 17 points and six rebounds to help the Terrapins post a 53-28 edge on the boards.

Kim Rodgers went 4-for-4 from the field - all three-pointers - and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line to finish with 14 points in her first career game. Rodgers had knee surgery after getting hurt in preseason workouts last year but finally got back on the court.

This was Maryland's sixth straight game away from home, having last been at Comcast Center on Nov. 23. The Terrapins travel to Old Dominion before returning home Dec. 29.

Loyola coach Joe Logan saw how much of an impact Coleman made, especially when the Terrapins struggled early.

"She's going to do what good seniors do who have won national championships," Logan said. "The kids are going to follow Marissa. She's been to the wars."

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