Terps' 'D' shuts down Spiders

No. 14 Maryland Women 83 Richmond 65

January 04, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

RICHMOND, Va. - Kristi Toliver scored 21 points yesterday to lead five Terps in double figures as No. 14 Maryland overcame a five-point halftime deficit to beat Richmond, 83-65.

Demauria Liles (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Lynetta Kizer (12 points, 10 rebounds) each had double doubles to help the Terps control the boards and shut down the Spiders in the second half.

"We made some adjustments in the locker room [at halftime] to our defense," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I think the execution by our team was tremendous in the second half. We did a much better job on the boards in terms of giving them one shot and one shot only."

Richmond (11-3) led 58-54 after Nikita Thomas' hook shot with 12:40 remaining. Maryland (12-2), though, scored nine straight points to take a 63-58 lead and, after two free throws by Danielle Bell, completed a 20-2 run with 11 straight points.

The Spiders were 1-for-16 from the field over the final 12:40.

Marissa Coleman added 14 points, while Marah Strickland had 12 for the Terps.

Bell led the Spiders with 17 points, and Brittani Shells added 15.

Maryland jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the game's opening minutes, but Richmond quickly found its range from beyond the arc. The Spiders' first three baskets were three-pointers, and Richmond built a 29-22 lead midway through the first half.

"They're a great team," Frese said of the Spiders. "I think they're going to [do well] in their conference."

Maryland is next on the court Thursday, when it returns to Comcast Center to play Wake Forest in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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