Inexperience, Injury Can't Stop Terrapins

Um Women 66 Minnesota 45

December 04, 2009|By Steve Yanda | Steve Yanda , The Washington Post

There were many reasons Thursday night should have marked the end of the Maryland women's basketball team's program-record 42-game home winning streak. Maryland coach Brenda Frese's squad is young, turnover-prone and competing without its top player at full strength.

That Minnesota was the foe visiting Comcast Center as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge only thickened the plot. Before Frese became an NCAA title-winning coach at Maryland, she had a one-year stay with the Golden Gophers, whom she directed to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2002.

Frese departed Minnesota on less-than-amicable terms, and there were a number of yellow-clad Golden Gophers fans in attendance who would have enjoyed nothing more than to see their team end Maryland's streak. But, as one sign noted, Comcast Center is "Brendaville" on nights when the Maryland women's team plays. The Terrapins won, 66-45, and extended their home winning streak to 43.

Sophomore forward Lynetta Kizer, Maryland's leading scorer and rebounder, hobbled under the strain of a left ankle sprain. She rumbled up and down the court, wincing with nearly every other step. Kizer tallied 10 points and five rebounds, and, because of the aid provided by several teammates, was able to rest on the bench for stretches of time.

MINNESOTA-McCoy 4-11 0-0 8, Ellis-Milan 2-13 4-6 8, Buford 3-12 2-2 9, Ohm 1-4 1-2 4, Voigt 4-10 1-2 10, Harper 1-4 0-0 2, Mastey 0-0 0-0 0, Cotton 0-1 2-2 2, Antoine 1-4 0-0 2, Loberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-59 10-14 45.

MARYLAND-Tchatchouang 4-9 4-6 13, Bjork 3-9 3-3 9, Rodgers 4-10 5-5 14, Kizer 4-5 2-2 10, Barrett 1-4 2-2 4, Taylor 4-8 1-2 9, Nared 1-4 0-0 3, Oyefuwa 0-1 2-2 2, Hawkins 1-1 0-0 2, Townsend 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 19-22 66.

Half: Maryland, 31-22. 3-point goals: Min 3-10 (Buford 1-2, Voigt 1-2, Ohm 1-4, Antoine 0-1, Cotton 0-1); Mar 3-14 (Nared 1-2, Tchatchouang 1-4, Rodgers 1-5, Barrett 0-1, Bjork 0-2). Rebounds: Min 36 (Ellis-Milan 8); Mar 40 (Rodgers 8). Assists: Min. 7 (McCoy 4); Mar 9 (Bjork 4). Total fouls: Min 18, Mar 13. Att.: 4,858.

LOYOLA@ MARYLAND

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