Maryland rolls over E. Carolina in Women's NIT, 87-52

35-point victory is 2nd in a row

March 22, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

COLLEGE PARK — — Senior guard Lori Bjork scored 20 points to lead Maryland to its second consecutive 35-point victory in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, 87-52 over East Carolina on Sunday at Comcast Center.

The Terps (21-12) will host the winner of the game at 7 tonight between Old Dominion (19-13) and Providence (17-14) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Should Maryland win, it would host a quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Feeling snubbed by the NCAA tournament has motivated the Terps.

"I think that's definitely part of the mindset," Bjork said. "We talked about it as a team, the easy way out at this point is to just throw in the towel and tank and I don't think a lot of people would blame you if you did, but I think this team is showing the type of winners we are. We want to show that we are champions and we're going to come out and compete every night and we're not going to let up."

Maryland scored 53 points in the first half, its most in any half this season, and led the Pirates (23-11) by 22 at the break. Sophomore guard Kim Rodgers scored all of her 17 points in the first half, Bjork had 15 of her 20 and sophomore center Lynetta Kizer added 10 of her 16.

"We're excited to be one of the 16 teams to advance to the Sweet 16," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "Today, again was another dominating performance, we're just really clicking. … It's a very athletic team in East Carolina, so I'm just proud of the way we're coming together and really clicking."

Maryland freshman guard Jackie Nared scored all nine of her points in the final 20 minutes.

"I think we have a lot of players shooting the ball with confidence," Frese said. "Obviously when you see the consistency that Kim and Jackie are putting up those kind of numbers, now it's making it easier for our bigs inside because we're opening up the court and I think our guard play and our post play … we're getting a lot more comfortable with our feel with each other on the court."

Freshman forward Tianna Hawkins blocked a career-high five shots and had 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Dara Taylor had a career high with eight rebounds.

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