7:00 PM ET, January 3, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- On a night of milestones for top-ranked Maryland, the Terrapins and coach Brenda Frese were far more interested in pursuing loftier accomplishments.Frese won her 100th game at Maryland, Shay Doron moved into second place on the career scoring list and the Terrapins opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with an 80-61 rout of North Carolina State on Wednesday night.Doron scored 10 points to pass Christy Winters on the Terps' career scoring list. Doron, a senior guard, has 1,681 points -- second only to Vicky Bullett (1,928)."Winning two straight national titles is more important to me," said Doron, who insisted that she had absolutely no idea where she stood on the career list.Like Doron, Frese is much more focused on getting the Terrapins back into the title game than collecting more trophies for her living room. Frese smiled broadly when presented the game ball, but she said later that the significance of her 100th victory at the school was that it justified the faith her players had in choosing to attend Maryland."When you hit a milestone like that," Frese said, "what it symbolizes is what's special."Now in her fifth year at Maryland, Frese is 100-45 and well on her way to a fourth straight winning season. She joined Chris Weller (499-286) as the only women's basketball coach to win 100 games.Laura Harper scored 17 points, and Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver had 15 apiece for the Terrapins (16-0, 1-0). The defending champions led 46-20 at halftime and coasted to their school-record 22nd consecutive victory, a streak that began in last season's NCAA tournament."Maryland is a great team," interim coach Stephanie Glance said. "They had a lot of weapons and they use those weapons well."Glance is subbing for Kay Yow, who has taken a leave of absence while she fights breast cancer. It hasn't been easy for Glance -- or her players."You can't take a legend and an icon out of the situation and expect everyone to just move on," Glance said. "It's affected them greatly."Nikitta Gartrell, Khadijah Whittington and Marquetta Dickens each scored 10 points for the Wolfpack (11-4, 0-1). N.C. State missed eight of its first nine shots and was 10-for-31 from the floor (32 percent) in the decisive first half."I thought in the first half we came out with great intensity on the defensive end," Frese said.Maryland led 13-10 before Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood sank two straight 3-pointers to spark a 20-4 run that put the Terrapins up by 19. Harper scored eight points in the spree and Doron added six.It was 39-20 before Toliver hit a 3-pointer and a jumper in succession. Langhorne added a layup at the first-half buzzer for a 26-point cushion.Maryland hosts No. 19 Michigan State on Saturday before concluding the regular season with 13 straight games against ACC foes.