Roundup: No. 5 Terps women rout Fla. St. in ACC opener

Mincy scores 23 points in 91-70 victory

January 03, 2012|From Sun staff reports

Laurin Mincy scored 23 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Tiana Hawkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the unbeaten No. 5 Maryland women's basketball team handed Florida State its worst home loss in nearly five years with a 91-70 rout Monday night.

Hawkins was 7-for-7 from the field in the first half and had nine rebounds for Maryland (14-0, 1-0), which won the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Alexa Deluzio tied a career high with 23 points, and Cierra Bravard added 14 points for Florida State (8-7, 0-1).

"I liked the toughness we played with," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "This obviously was a very important game for us to set the tone early for the conference schedule. To be able to come in and be able to secure our first road [ACC] win is tremendous."

Maryland trailed 19-18 but went on a 10-0 run, capped by Mincy's 3-pointer with 9:01 left in the first half.

The Terrapins are off to their best start since they opened 18-0 in 2006-07.

UMBC 67, New Hampshire 65: Senior forward Erin Brown and junior guard Kristin Coles each scored 15 points in the second half as the host Retrievers (7-7, 1-0) rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat the Wildcats (7-6, 0-1) in the America East opener for both teams.

With the Retrievers down 38-27 early in the second half, Coles scored 11 straight points in an 11-2 run that pulled UMBC within 40-38. Brown finished with 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting and added three steals, while Coles scored a career-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.

Niagara 57, Loyola 54: The host Greyhounds cut a 10-point deficit to two in the final two minutes but fell short in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.

Katie Sheahin led Loyola, scoring in double figures for her fifth straight game with 16 points and three 3-pointers. Miriam McKenzie added 11 points, while Alyssa Sutherland led the Greyhounds (4-8) with a career-high six assists.

McKenzie has 1,131 career points, putting her eighth on Loyola's all-time scoring chart.

Coppin State 73, Longwood 51: Senior Jeanine Manley scored a season-high 24 points, and the Eagles (5-9) extended their winning streak to three with a nonconference victory over the host Lancers (2-14).

Chelsea Coward led Longwood with 16 points.

Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, UMES 55: Despite Amber Cook's matching a season-high 15 points in her home state, the Hawks (3-9) fell to the Vikings (6-4) to finish their nonconference road schedule.


Niagara 66, Loyola 61: The host Greyhounds rallied from a 12-point deficit to go ahead by four on a fast-break dunk by Erik Etherly with 3:25 to play, but the Purple Eagles held Loyola (9-4, 2-1 MAAC) scoreless from then on.

Juan'ya Green made a 3 from the top left of the perimeter after Scooter Gillette grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked out a pass with 2:06 on the clock, pulling Niagara (6-9, 1-2) within 61-60.

The Purple Eagles then took the lead when Antoine Mason pulled an offensive rebound and went the length of the court, laying the ball off the glass with 61 seconds left.

UMBC 82, New Hampshire 76: Junior guard Brian Neller's 3-point field goal with 31 seconds left led the visiting Retrievers (2-11, 1-0) to a victory over the Wildcats (5-7, 0-1) in both teams' America East opener.

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