RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Maryland showed North Carolina State it
could play a little defense, too.
Four Maryland starters hit double digits while holding N.C.
State to its worst shooting of the year, and the No. 4 Terrapins
won 65-57 Sunday."There's not a player for Maryland who's not a threat," N.C.
State coach Kay Yow said. "We had our hands full. They one of the
most talented teams in the country, and we'll see soon if they may
be the very best."The Wolfpack (16-10, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 32.8
percent. Meanwhile, Shay Doron was the only Maryland starter who
failed to reach double digits. But she added nine assists, helping
Maryland (23-4, 10-2) record 22 in all."Shay was the key out there," Maryland coach Brenda Frese
said. "She proved she can do so much more than score."Laura Harper led Maryland with a season-high 20 points. Working
inside for all her baskets, she went 8-for-10 from the field."Shay was showing she had confidence in me," said Harper, who
came in averaging less than 11 points a game. "She kept passing me
the ball and I just wanted to go up strong and finish."Crystal Langhorne added 14 and Kristi Tolliver 13 for Maryland,
which won its second straight since a 90-80 loss Feb. 13 at No. 1
Duke. Marissa Coleman had 10 points and 10 rebounds.Maryland hit five of its first six shots and never trailed. The
Terrapins held N.C. State to 6-for-27 shooting in the first half --
the Wolfpack's worst half (22.2 percent) against an ACC team -- and
21-of-64 for the game.The Terrapins broke N.C. State's back with a 17-4 run midway
through the second half and never let the Wolfpack closer than 12
points in the final 10 minutes."When we're focused, we can go on runs like that," Frese said.
"In the second half, we started making more unselfish passes and
made things happen."The game was named Hoops For Hope at N.C. State, with part of
the proceeds dedicated to breast cancer research in North Carolina.Khadijah Whittington scored 14 points to lead N.C. State.
Seniors Billie McDowell and Monica Pope added 13 and 11 points in
their last home game."I wish I personally could have shaken the hand of every person
here and said, 'Thank you' for their support of our program and
me," Yow said.But Yow, a cancer survivor, also wished the Wolfpack could have
done more to stop the Terrapins' inside game, especially Coleman."She's the one person I wish we had done a little more to
stop," Yow said. "She's the one that hurt us the most and that's
where we lost the battle."