7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland stumbled through a lackluster first half against Georgia Tech, shooting 35 percent and getting beaten on the boards before heading to the locker room with a precarious lead.Crystal Langhorne and Shay Doron weren't about to let the same thing happen after halftime.Langhorne scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half, teaming with Doron to help the No. 6 Terrapins pull away to a 79-71 victory Thursday night.Doron scored 18 points, including 16 after halftime, and Marissa Coleman had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland (18-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference)."Crystal and I have been through this a lot," Doron said. "Both of our shots were falling tonight. We were feeling it. The ball came to us and we did what we always do, which is score."Langhorne and Doron combined for eight points in a 10-0 run that put Maryland up by 14 with 7:45 remaining. The margin reached 16 points before the Yellow Jackets fought back, but they couldn't complete the comeback.Stephanie Higgs led Georgia Tech with 19 points, Chioma Nnamaka had 15 and Kasha Terry 14. It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Yellow Jackets (12-7, 1-5), who took consolation in making this one close."I'm really proud of my team. We're better than our record, and we're going to get some wins," Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I get excited when I see them battle back on the road against a top-10 team."Nnamaka, the team's second-leading scorer, picked up three fouls in the opening 12 minutes and got her fourth with 13:44 left. The sophomore guard was held scoreless in the first half and played only 13 minutes."It's really hard to play without her, because not only is she one of our best 3-point shooters, I think she's one of the best in the league," Joseph said. "We don't have anybody that can shoot the ball like she can."A 3-pointer by Nnamaka got Georgia Tech to 69-67, but Langhorne answered with two free throws and a layup to put the Terps up by six with 2:22 left."Crystal did a great job of stepping up in the second half," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.The Terrapins forced the Yellow Jackets to miss their first four shots of the second half and used six straight free throws by Langhorne to go up 40-30. After April Phillips scored on a drive for Georgia Tech, Doron sank a 3-pointer to boost the margin to 12 points.But the Yellow Jackets weren't done. A three-point play by Higgs started a 7-0 run that made it 43-39, and a putback by Terry minutes later got Georgia Tech to 49-45.Doron then made a free throw and missed the second, but Langhorne got the rebound and scored for a seven-point lead. Doron followed with a 3-pointer and a short jumper off the glass, and Coleman finished the 10-point run with two foul shots.Georgia Tech mounted another comeback, but Langhorne again put an end to it.Maryland was outrebounded 22-18 and went 10-for-29 from the floor in the first half, but Coleman scored 14 points to help the Terrapins take a 34-30 halftime lead."It says a lot that we were able to grind it out," Frese said. "It shows the toughness of this team."