6:00 PM ET, December 29, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland showed few signs of being rusty despite playing for only the second time in 19 days.The top-ranked Terrapins set a school record with 12 three-pointers and Kristi Toliver scored 16 points in a 92-57 rout of UNC Greensboro in the first round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.Maryland (14-0) extended its winning streak to 20 games, the longest in the nation. The Terps shot 57 percent from the floor, made 24 of 25 free throws and outrebounded the Spartans 45-19. Maryland's start is the best since it won 16 games in a row in 1982-83."Offensively, I like where we are. I thought we were extremely unselfish, almost to a fault," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I'm pleased with our efficiency. The shots we're taking are good shots. ... I'm very pleased with where we are."Toliver, who led six Maryland players in double figures, scored 14 points during a 35-5 first half run. She made all four of her 3-point attempts.Sade Wiley-Gatewood added 15 points, Marissa Coleman had 13, Crystal Langhorne and Ashleigh Newman scored 11 apiece and Shay Doron had 10.It was the fourth time this season that Maryland had six players score in double figures. The Terps also had 23 assists, registering one on each of their first 13 baskets. Toliver led in that area, too, with seven, and Coleman added five.Maryland trailed 13-10 early in the game before going on the decisive run that led to a 48-25 halftime lead. In the second half, Greensboro closed to 64-48 before a 27-7 Maryland spurt."I thought our starts in both halves were really slow; we need to sustain our intensity for 40 minutes," Frese said. "We had a lot of time off for Christmas. We have played just two games between exams and the Christmas break. Plus, were using a lot of different lineups, working with a lot of different combinations."Maryland plays Saturday in the tournament championship against Marist (9-3), which defeated Liberty 76-43 in the other first-round game Friday.Jasmine Byrd led Greensboro (6-5) with 15 points. The Spartans had 16 turnovers and shot 35.9 percent from the floor.The loss kept coach Lynne Agee stuck on 499 career victories at Greensboro. She is in her 26th season at Greensboro and ranks in the top 20 in career victories with 543 in 29 seasons.It was the Spartans' first game against a No.1 team. Earlier this season, they lost to No. 2 North Carolina 103-48. They're 0-19 all-time against Top 25 opponents."The game for us today was about composure and ball control," Agee said. "It's hard to talk about winning this game and beating the No. 1 team in the country. We wanted to maintain our composure when they made their runs."We went about the game as best we could. With their height advantage and 3-point shooters you are between a rock and a hard place."