1:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Arizona sagged inside and Maryland shot from long range with uncanny accuracy. When the Wildcats shifted to a zone defense, the Terrapins gladly took layups.As a result, No. 9 Maryland shot 62 percent and cruised to its fourth straight victory Sunday, 92-67.Marissa Coleman scored 20 points and Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (8-1). Maryland went 8-for-9 from 3-point range in building a 46-27 halftime lead, then scored 30 of its 46 second-half points in the paint."That's just a very good basketball team," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. "They've got a lot of different weapons inside and out, and they play good defense, too. They really don't have a lot of weaknesses."Shay Doron had 12 points and 13 assists for the Terrapins, who had six players score in double figures. Coleman, a freshman forward, went 8-for-11 from floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point range."We are so much fun to watch when we play as unselfishly as we did today," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.The Terrapins got only three minutes from freshman point guard Kristi Toliver, who will have an MRI exam on Monday to determine the cause of leg pain that has limited her playing time.Toliver wasn't needed against the Wildcats. Maryland closed the first half with a 17-0 run to take control, then increased the margin to 26 points with 12 minutes left.Natalie Jones scored a career-high 29 points for Arizona (4-3)."This is disappointing," Bonvicini said. "We need to regroup."The Wildcats played in the NCAA tournament in each of the last three seasons, but they're still trying to recover from the unexpected loss of senior center Shawntinice Polk, who died in September of a pulmonary blood clot.Arizona has dedicated its season to the three-time All-Pac 10 star, who averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a three-year starter. She was remembered Sunday during a moment of silence at halftime.The Terrapins led 29-27 before Langhorne sank four straight free throws, Toliver hit a 3-pointer (her only basket of the game) and Laura Harper scored on a putback. Coleman and Ashleigh Newman followed with successive baskets from beyond the arc, and Harper concluded the spree with a layup."When we're dominating down low, that opens it up for the guards," Harper said.Maryland limited the Wildcats to 31 percent shooting (11-for-35) in the first half and seemingly couldn't miss from outside the arc."Shooting 89 percent on 3-pointers, that's crazy," Frese said. "They were doubling down low, and that led to a lot of kickouts and open shots."The Terrapins were 10-for-14 over the first 12 minutes, but Arizona stayed close by forcing eight turnovers and getting 14 points from Jones.Maryland led 27-20 before Jones hit a 3-pointer and Che Oh added four points in a 7-2 spurt that cut the margin to two points. But the Wildcats went scoreless over the final six minutes of the half.
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