Kizer, No. 8 Terps rout St. Joseph's, 94-71, to move to 5-0

November 23, 2011|The Washington Post

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— The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team used a familiar tactic to fend off St. Joseph's on Tuesday night, leaning heavily on its front court for scoring, rebounding and defensive punch in a 94-71 victory before 3,331 at Comcast Center.

In her first home game since coming back from a suspension for violating team rules, senior center Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds, and junior forward Tianna Hawkins added 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to extend the Terrapins' season-opening win streak to five.

Sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half and finished with nine rebounds and three assists. In all, the Terrapins (5-0) outrebounded St. Joseph's (2-3) 54-22, outscored the Hawks in the paint 48-12 and had 15 more second-chance points. Joseph's (2-3) pay by making 28, including 19 of 22 combined between Kizer and Thomas, for a season-high 82 percent. That percentage is a marked improvement from last season, when Maryland averaged 65 percent from the foul line and in stretches appeared especially uncomfortable there.

"Obviously love the dominance on the glass we were able to display tonight," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "Being able to get the ball inside and really make things difficult for them, and then obviously getting to the free throw line as many times as we were able to do to be able to convert, so just a tremendous game to be able to build upon."

Maryland also shot 50 percent for the game and 57 percent in the first half, when it Maryland forged a 49-33 lead at the break. The Hawks drew to 58-47 eight minutes into the second half on a jumper by reserve guard Erin Shields, who had a 16 points and four assists, both team highs.

But Maryland went on a 9-3 run to grow its margin to 67-50, prompting St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin to call timeout with 9:45 to play. The Hawks got a 3-pointer from Shields coming out of the stoppage before sophomore guard Laurin Mincy countered for Maryland, which pulled away for good by scoring 10 consecutive points late in the game.

Maryland starting point guard Anjalé Barrett left the game with an apparent knee injury that caused her obvious pain. Coach Brenda Frese, however, said Barrett was not seriously hurt and that she was held out thereafter for precautionary reasons, keeping in mind the Terrapins are heading to a Thanksgiving tournament in South Florida for two days.

UMBC 60, Loyola 56: Michelle Kurowski scored 19 points and Kristin Coles led the Retrievers' defense in the victory over the host Greyhounds (1-3).

Coles had a career-high 12 rebounds for UMBC (3-2). and six steals. Miriam McKenzie led the Greyhounds with a 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Towson 71, Mount St. Mary's 70: Tanisha McTiller hit a layup with 10 seconds left to lift the host Tigers (3-1) over the Mount (1-3). Towson won its second straight despite trailing by nine in the second half. The Mount's Sydney Henderson led all scorers with 20 points.

Morgan State 54, Bucknell 52: The visiting Bears (2-2) — led by Dekeisha Mathis with 20 points — never trailed despite a late rally by the Bison (1-4).

McDaniel 59, Washington College 56: The host Green Terror (3-1, 1-0 Centennial Conference) scored only 14 points in the second half and still won. McDaniel put up 45 points in the first half, led by Steph Perez with 18 and Rachael Rybak with 14. Sally O'Donnell led Washington (1-1, 0-1) with 11 points, and Erin Fitzgerald and Katie Bay each had 10.

Christopher Newport 66, Salisbury 55: The visiting Captains (3-0) went on a 12-5 run in the first four minutes and used an 11-0 run in the second half to put the Sea Gulls (1-2) away. Josie Hildebrand had 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead Salisbury.

Haverford 54, Johns Hopkins 42: The host Blue Jays (3-1, 0-1 Centennial) started with a 4-0 run and led 12-11 before the Fords (4-0, 1-0) took over. Chantel Mattiola had 13 points for the Blue Jays.

Waynesburg 69, Hood 45: Emily Maerz totaled 17 points, including five 3-pointers, but the Blazers (0-3) fell to the host Yellow Jackets (2-0).

York 79, Goucher 35: The starters for the visiting Gophers (1-3) scored 15 points and six bench players added 18 in the loss to the host Spartans (3-1), who opened with a 15-0 run.

Sun staff reports contributed to this article.

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