Overmatched by bigger Maryland, Loyola women fall, 79-61

30-4 run in second-half run breaks open game for No. 22 Terps

  • Maryland's Tianna Hawkins, right, pulls down an offensive rebound as she is fouled by Loyola's Alyssa Sutherland. The Terps won, 79-61, at Reitz Arena.
Maryland's Tianna Hawkins, right, pulls down an offensive… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
December 07, 2010|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

There came a point late in the first half Tuesday at Reitz Arena when upset-minded Loyola learned the undeniable truth about No. 22 Maryland.

Despite starting three freshmen, these Terrapins are for real.

Trailing by as many as five early, Maryland took advantage of its pronounced size advantage to score 30 of the next 34 points, dominating Loyola in the paint before staving off the Greyhounds' second-half rally in a 79-61 win.

Led by 6-foot-4 center Lynetta Kizer, who scored a season-high 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting, Maryland (8-1) won its seventh straight overall as well as its 11 straight against Loyola (2-6). Sophomore Tianna Hawkins, at 6-3, added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Terrapins, who outrebounded the Greyhounds, 51-26.

"I thought our energy was kind of sporadic, but it was obviously great to see some things from our end in terms of our post play," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought all four [of our] post players did a tremendous job, just dominating the glass, dominating inside. That was a big difference for us and really helped us through this game."

Fifth-year guard Erica DiClemente scored a career-high 23 points for Loyola, which needed a big day from the perimeter to have a shot but time and again came up short. The Greyhounds started 0-for-14 from 3-point range and finished 8-for-30.

"We knew we probably had to make 12-15 3s," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. " You're not going to get many looks inside. You're not going to get many drives to the basket. Their zone is very good and very long. It's almost like the Syracuse men, where they can go from 3-point line to 3-point line touching hands.

"I give our kids a lot of credit for not backing down."

Loyola looked determined to make a game of it early, forcing turnovers at the defensive end, drawing fouls and using an 8-1 run to build a 10-7 lead after the first seven minutes. The Greyhounds then extended their lead to five on consecutive jumpers by Miriam McKenzie and DiClemente.

Then, as suddenly as it began, Loyola's party was over.

After a timeout, the Terrapins quickly moved ahead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Kim Rodgers, who had entered the night 1-for-15 from beyond the arc over her past two games.

But where Maryland did the bulk of its damage was inside, where Kizer, Hawkins and 6-3 sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang (nine points, nine rebounds) had their way.

Even playing without second-leading scorer Alyssa Thomas, out with a lacerated knee, Maryland rode its utter dominance in the paint to a 30-4 run over the span of 10 minutes — including 17-0 during one span — that completely changed the complexion of the game.

"It's difficult because they're huge," Loyola guard Miriam McKenzie sad. "It's hard to guard them."

Time and again, Maryland's inside players outjumped the smaller Greyhounds for rebounds, then made them count with layups at the offensive end.

Loyola, however, hung tough, getting as close as 12 with just over six minutes to play.

"These games are here to prepare us for conference play and really just to help us get into the flow," Kizer said. "These games are definitely important, and we have to understand that. We have to bring it against teams like this."

Added Logan, "We will not see another team as fast as they are or as long as they are, thank goodness, and I think that will help us in the long run."

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