FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Maryland's defense forced 18 straight
misses. That was more than enough to decide a scrappy, physical
Beginning late in the first half, the Terrapins' tenacious
man-to-man held George Mason without a field goal for more than 10
minutes. The Patriots shot just 20 percent for the game in
sixth-ranked Maryland's 70-33 victory Thursday night.
"It wasn't the prettiest game that I've ever seen," Maryland
coach Brenda Frese said. "They were very scrappy, very aggressive.
Our defense held us in there."
Ashleigh Newman matched a career-high with 21 points, and
Marissa Coleman added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins
(10-1), who have won six straight and are outscoring opponents by
an average of 32 points. Maryland's only loss was to No. 1
Moni Akintunde scored nine points to lead the Patriots (4-5).
"I thought we did a pretty good job defensively to hold them to
70, which is probably 25 under their average," George Mason coach
Debbie Taneyhill said. "But unfortunately they held us to 30 under
our average. We have to do better scoring."
Maryland had a 35-19 lead at halftime. They've won all three
meetings with their D.C.-area neighbors from the Colonial Athletic
George Mason (4-5) has a victory over another Atlantic Coast
Conference school, Miami, this season, but the Patriots could only
stay with the Terrapins for about 14 minutes.
Jessica Smith's layup cut Maryland's lead to 22-17 with 6:45
remaining, but Newman scored seven points in a 13-2 half-ending run
in which the Terrapins' defense repeatedly kept George Mason from
getting decent looks at the basket.
Newman had 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting at the half, doubling
the output of any George Mason player. The Patriots shot 28 percent
in the first half, with Jen Daniels, their only starting senior,
missing all four of her attempts.
George Mason missed its first 10 shots of the second half, and
Maryland quickly pushed the lead to 20.
"My teammates were getting doubled in the post, and when they
were kicking out to me, I had wide open shots," said Newman, who
left the game early with a sore back after a hard foul in the
Turnovers remain a concern for the Terrapins, who committed 19
as they played again without point guard Kristi Toliver. Toliver
has missed three of the last four games with a leg injury.
"We need to get a healthy Kristi Toliver back," Frese said.
"But until we do we have to take better care of the ball."