COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Crystal Langhorne waited eight days for
the opportunity to redeem herself for an uncharacteristic
performance underneath the basket.
When Maryland's sophomore forward finally got back on the court
Monday against Florida State, she rarely let a missed shot elude
Langhorne had 19 rebounds and 12 points, Kristi Toliver scored
16, and the sixth-ranked Terrapins breezed to a 75-57 victory over
Held without a rebound on Jan. 8 in a loss to No. 2 Duke,
Langhorne recorded her 26th career double-double, most of any
active player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. She fell three
rebounds short of her career high, set last season at Miami, but
had no complaints.
"I was really trying to rebound a lot more," Langhorne. "I
really thought about it because I never had zero rebounds in my
life. That was kind of a low for me."
Langhorne had nine rebounds in the first half, a big reason why
Maryland was able to build a 16-point cushion at the break.
"Whew, Maryland rebounded today. I know Crystal didn't have a
rebound against Duke, and I thought she came out and tried to prove
she's a rebounder," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "I
thought we did a great job defensively, holding her to four shots,
but she just helped the team in other ways. I'm very impressed with
Jade Perry and Laura Harper each scored 11 for the Terrapins
(15-2, 2-1), who have won 11 of 12. Led by Langhorne, Maryland
finished with a 47-26 rebounding advantage.
"I was really happy about our play today," Terrapins coach
Brenda Frese said. "I thought we really took some ownership on the
boards. In our last game, that was an area where we let slip
Britany Miller led Florida State (10-6, 1-2) with 16 points. The
Seminoles, who have lost three of four, shot 38 percent from the
floor and were 1-for-11 from 3-point range.
"The best thing about them is they didn't let us go to the
offensive boards," Semrau said. "We've been first or second in
the conference the whole year. We don't pride ourselves on being a
great shooting. We pride ourselves in getting extra possessions,
and I thought Maryland kept us from those extra possessions."
FSU closed to 50-36 early in the second half before baskets by
Ashleigh Newman, Harper and Shay Doron upped the margin to 20.
After the Seminoles cut the gap to 14, Toliver made a 3-pointer and
Langhorne sank three foul shots in a 7-0 spurt that made it 63-42
with just over eight minutes left.
Toliver, who has been bothered by a leg injury for much of the
season, played 27 minutes in a reserve role.
"Every time I get out on the court, I'm 100 percent," he said.
"When I need to come out, I do. I just need to give it some more
time and continue to rehab and I'll be fine."
Miller had 12 points before halftime on 6-for-8 shooting, but
the Terrapins outrebounded the Seminoles 26-11 and shot 50 percent
in taking a 44-28 lead.
Maryland never trailed after a layup by Perry made it 12-11 with
just under seven minutes elapsed. It was 26-23 before Newman scored
from beyond the arc and Toliver added a jumper and a 3-pointer to
put the Terrapins up by 11.
After Florida State closed to 35-28, Toliver made a 10-foot
jumper and a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run that covered the final
three minutes of the half.