Roundup: No. 8 Terps women survive against UVa., 68-61

January 17, 2012|By Gene Wang, The Washington Post

The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team played one of its more shoddy games this season, committing one turnover after another and missing foul shots and layups, but survived a scare from Virginia, 68-61, on Monday night at Comcast Center.

Four days after their first loss this season, the Terrapins (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got a game-high 20 points from sophomore guard Laurin Mincy and 10 points and 10 rebounds from senior center Lynetta Kizer to win despite 19 turnovers and shooting 59 percent from the free-throw line.

"I definitely figured I needed to step up since [Thomas] wasn't contributing like she usually does," said Mincy, who logged her fourth game with at least 20 points this season. "I thought we all did a good job stepping up, especially our bigs."

Junior guard Lexie Gerson led the Cavaliers with 15 points, including going 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and senior forward Chelsea Shine added 12 points for Virginia, which shot 39 percent and was outrebounded 43-33.

The Terrapins ended a two-game home losing streak to their rival thanks to a closing kick in which Mincy made foul shots in the one-and-one bonus and Kizer scored on a layup with 50 seconds to play for the final points. Maryland also won despite an off night from sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year. Thomas finished with six points, matching her low this season, and shot 2-for-10. She entered the game tied for first in scoring in the ACC at 17.4 points per game.

Virginia (14-5, 2-3) scored six consecutive points in the early stages of the second half to knot the score at 38, but Maryland scored seven of the next nine and then grew the margin to 49-43 with two foul shots from Tianna Hawkins and Kim Rodgers's layup while well defended.

UMBC 71, Hartford 59: Junior Kristin Coles recorded her second straight doubledouble, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, as the Retrievers (10-8, 4-1 America East) overcame an early 13-point deficit to beat the visiting Hawks (10-9, 1-4).

Senior Erin Brown led the way with a season-high 24 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer with 2:27 to play after Hartford had closed the gap to six points.

Hampton 83, Morgan State 51: Choicetta McMillian scored a game-high 22 points to lead five players in double figures for the visiting Pirates (13-3, 5-0 MEAC). Jerika Jenkins finished notched a double double, finishing with 16 points and a game-high 12 assists. The Bears fell to 3-14 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

Central Connecticut State 73, Mount St. Mary's 63: Sydney Henderson paced the Mount (7-10, 3-3 Northeast Conference) with 25 points, but the visiting Blue Devils jumped out to a 21-7 lead and didn't look back. Ashley Christie added nine points for the Mount, while Selina Mann tallied eight rebounds, eight steals and seven assists in the loss.

Jessica Babe fueled the Blue Devils (8-9, 2-4) with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Jaclyn Babe (13 points), Kaley Watras (12 points), Lauren Arbogast (12 points) and Kirsten Daamen (10 points) also registered double figures.

Men

Morgan State 68, Hampton 56: Aric Brooks didn't miss a shot while matching his career high of 18 points and leading the host Bears over the Pirates (6-12, 2-3 MEAC).

Brooks came off the bench to shoot 4-for-4 from the field and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed eight rebounds as Morgan State (4-11, 2-2) played its third game without coach Todd Bozeman, who is on administrative leave after being accused of punching a player during a game Jan. 7.

The Pirates kept the game close thanks to Darrion Pellum, who scored a career-high 36 points.

Norfolk State 74, Coppin State 66: Logan Wiens scored a game-high 20 points, but Kyle O'Quinn scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, leading the visiting Spartans (14-5, 6-0 MEAC) to their seventh straight victory.

The Eagles (8-10, 3-2) got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Antonio Williams, and 11 points from Michael Harper.

Sun staff reports also contributed to this article.

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