COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Laura Harper quit thinking and started playing. The result was a performance reminiscent of her play in the Final Four last year when she earned Most Outstanding Player honors in leading Maryland to a national title.
Harper, who entered the game having scored a total of 14 points in Maryland's first two games, made 12 of 16 shots and scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 1 Maryland to an 82-64 win against TCU (0-1)."Things were just falling, and I was just playing basketball," Harper said. "Coach was telling me all week to stop thinking so much and just play. I play my best when I come out and not think about too many things."Shay Doron scored 22 points for Maryland (3-0) and Crystal Langhorne finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kristi Toliver had 10 assists for the Terrapins.Adrianna Ross led TCU with 15 points.Maryland opened the game with a 16-0 run, powered by six quick Harper points. All five Terps starters scored in the outburst, which ended with a Harper layup at the 16:23 mark."I thought that was a tremendous first half," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we executed well and got out in our transition game. I thought it was the best we have done."The Horned Frogs answered Maryland's initial run with five quick points to cut the deficit to 16-5, but never got closer."They came out really fast and hit some good shots," TCU coach Jeff Mittie said. "I think we got a little frustrated. We weren't so bad early as Maryland was very, very good."The scariest moment for Maryland occurred when Marissa Coleman, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, lost her balance going in for a layup and bruised her tailbone at the 10:29 mark of the first half. Coleman left the court under her own power, but didn't return to the game. Her status for Saturday's game with Arizona is uncertain.TCU, which returned four starters from a 19-12 team that advanced to the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament, was overwhelmed on both ends of the court, falling behind 51-28 at the half. The Frogs trailed by as many as 36 before finishing strong. Maryland, which enjoyed its biggest lead at 72-36, recorded assists on 27 of its 31 baskets."Our ball movement was tremendous and we were unselfish making the extra pass," Frese said. "I thought we really communicated well."