COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Marissa Coleman and her teammates finally showed what they are capable of when they play a full game.
Coleman had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists -- the first triple-double in Maryland history -- to lead six teammates in double figures and the top-ranked Terrapins to a 105-44 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night."From the coaching staff on down, our expectations are so much higher than we've been playing," Coleman said. "We hadn't played a full 40 minutes game yet, which we proved tonight we are capable of doing."Laura Harper was 7-of-7 from the field and scored 19 points, and Crystal Langhorne added 18 for Maryland (9-0), which equaled its best start since the 1991-92 season.Jenna Green led the Gauchos (1-5) with 15 points.Coleman hit Langhorne with a long outlet pass for her 10th assist with 6:26 remaining in the game, extending Maryland's lead to 88-40 and completing her triple-double."What a special, special performance by Marissa," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "She just made it look so easy."The Terps turned the ball over a season-low nine times, shot 63.5 percent from the field and outrebounded UCSB 51-17.Maryland controlled the game with its stifling defense, forcing the Gauchos to turn the ball over on six of their first seven possessions to fuel a 17-2 run."I thought we did a tremendous job coming out from the tip being ready to play and playing hard," Frese said. "Hands down, this was our best game of the season. It's exciting when you challenge this team; they really take it to heart."The Terps went on a 15-3 spurt in the final 4:30 of the first half, making seven of their last nine shots to take a 45-17 halftime lead.Maryland continued its torrid shooting in the second half, making 23 of 32 field goal attempts. Every Maryland player scored at least five points and logged at least 14 minutes.UC Santa Barbara shot 32.1 percent from the field and was outrebounded 51-17.