Terrapins take early lead, hammer punchless Arizona

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland has made a habit of controlling games early before allowing opponents to come back.

For the second consecutive game, the top-ranked Terrapins were outscored in the second half but still won comfortably.

Ashleigh Newman scored 17 points to lead Maryland to a 75-61 victory over Arizona on Saturday. Laura Harper added 14 points for the Terrapins (4-0), who had four players score in double figures.

Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona (1-2) with 22 points -- 14 in the second half.

Crystal Langhorne continued her efficient start to the season, making five of six shots to finish with 11 points to extend her double-figure scoring streak to 28 games. She has missed just five field-goal attempts in four games and is shooting 81 percent for the Terrapins.

Maryland's defense effectively put the game out of reach early. After making their first basket, the Wildcats missed their next nine shot and made only two field goals in the first 10:26. By that point, Maryland led 31-5.

"We put ourselves in a hole early," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. "They took advantage of every opportunity."

The Terps maintained at least a 20-point lead until Kelsey Burns hit a 3-pointer with 4:15 left in the half to pull Arizona to 42-23. After a quick timeout by coach Brenda Frese, the Terps went back up by 21 on a pair of free throws by Laura Harper.

Arizona trailed 48-28 at halftime but outscored Maryland 33-27 in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. On Friday night, Maryland suffered a similar lapse against TCU. The Terps won 82-64 despite being outscored 36-31 after halftime.

"Being able to hit that knockout punch early, I'm excited about our starts," Frese said. "Now I'm focused on our finishes."

Maryland native Ashley Whisonant, Arizona's third-leading scorer, picked up three quick fouls in the first half and played only 19 minutes. She finished with eight points.

Arizona, which has lost two games on its current road trip, plays TCU on Sunday in the final game of the BTI Classic, a round-robin tournament hosted by Maryland. The Terrapins will face George Washington.

"We're not satisfied with the way we've been playing for two games," Harper said. "I think (Sunday's game) is going to be really big, proving something for us. We're playing three games in three days. We're trying to see how we can fight through fatigue."