Taylor, Terps Look Better

Maryland Women's Basketball

November 11, 2009|By Camille Powell | Camille Powell,The Washington Post

COLLEGE PARK - -For every great pass that freshman point guard Dara Taylor made in Maryland's first exhibition game last week, it seemed she made another one that whizzed out of bounds or off a teammate's hands.

But in the Terrapins' second exhibition game on Tuesday night, Taylor's passes found their mark and she repeatedly set her teammates up for easy baskets. She finished with seven assists and just one turnover to go along with 14 points in Maryland's 101-43 victory over Division III Catholic.

That's the kind of improvement that coach Brenda Frese was hoping to see from her young players in their two exhibition games. Last week against Bowie State, Taylor had nine assists and five turnovers.

"She attacks, she makes us go," Frese said of Taylor. "She's got to get comfortable with the right passes at the right time to [her] centers, and they've got to always have their hands ready."

Redshirt freshman Jackie Nared had 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots for Maryland, which opens its season Saturday against North Carolina Central.

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