7:00 PM ET, December 4, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Once top-ranked Maryland got going, Siena couldn't keep up.Marissa Coleman had 19 points and 12 assists to help Maryland rally from a sluggish start and the Terrapins defeated Siena 93-54 Monday night.Maryland improved to 10-0, the team's best start since 1991-92. The school record is the 16-0 start the Terrapins had in 1982-83. Their 16-game winning streak, dating back to last season, is the nation's best."I thought Siena played really scrappy," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I didn't like our (early) intensity. The second half we did a much better job. I'm proud of how we responded in the second half, being much more focused and ready to play."This was Maryland's second game in three days, and even though the Terrapins made their first eight shots from the field, they had trouble finding a rhythm against fired-up Siena. Maryland pulled away with a late first-half run and then outscored Siena 48-20 in the second half."This year everyone knows that we're the defending national champion," Coleman said. "They want to come right after us."Coleman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week earlier Monday for recording the program's first triple-double (15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) in Saturday's 105-44 victory over the University of California Santa Barbara.Kristi Toliver (14 points), Crystal Langhorne (13 points), Ashleigh Newman (11 points) and Christie Marrone (10 points) all scored in double figures. Shay Doron had nine points, and Laura Harper added six points and 10 rebounds.Maryland shot 67 percent from the field (36-for-54) and held a 38-16 edge in rebounding that resulted in easy follow-ups and scoring chances from inside. The Terrapins also went 17-for-23 from the free throw line.Siena, meanwhile, was 0-for-3 in free throws."They're a machine," Siena coach Gina Castelli said. "We ran out of gas a little bit, but they're a great team. They got to the line a lot more in the second half, and obviously we didn't and that hurt us quite a bit."Siena (1-7) stayed close in the early minutes and had a few leads thanks to some good outside shooting. The Saints couldn't get the ball inside, but Shondaya Burrell (17 points) made a number of tough shots.Maryland took command with a 14-point run late in the first half. Siena had taken a 26-25 lead on Kately Dooley's three-pointer with 7:28 left.But Coleman and Toliver hit back-to-back jumpers, and Langhorne twice got putbacks along with a layup to help Maryland take a 39-26 lead with 2:32 left. The Terrapins took a 45-34 halftime lead and then turned the game into a rout by scoring 15 of the first 21 points in the second half.
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