Terps women win 1st road game

Maryland beats American, 75-64

December 21, 2009|By Gene Wang | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Coach Brenda Frese had talked in the days leading up to Maryland's basketball game against American about how her players needed to show more fortitude on the road. The Terrapins responded with plenty on Sunday.

Maryland got double doubles from Lynetta Kizer and Tianna Hawkins and out-rebounded the Eagles by a margin of more than 2-to-1 in a 75-64 triumph at Bender Arena.

The Terrapins (9-2) won their first road game this season, thanks to that duo's rugged inside play as well as efficient game management from freshman point guard Dara Taylor, who had 11 assists against four turnovers. She also had six rebounds and a steal.

Maryland had 46 rebounds to American's 21, shot 52 percent from the field and held a 38-28 margin in inside scoring. The Terrapins also had 18 second-chance points to nine for the Eagles.

"It was nice to get our first road win," said Frese, whose team had been 0-2 away from Comcast Center. "I thought we played hard in spurts. Credit that to American. They were really scrappy, but we're really pleased, obviously, to be able to have the post presence inside with Lynetta and Tianna."

Kizer finished with 21 points and added 13 rebounds, both game highs. The 6-foot-4 sophomore center made seven of nine shots both from the field and the free-throw line and added one block and an assist.

Hawkins, a 6-3 freshman forward, scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting and had 12 rebounds, and both players figured prominently in Maryland's second-half run that pushed the lead to double figures for the first time.

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