2:00 PM ET, January 6, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- If there were any questions about how good the defending NCAA women's basketball champions are this season, Maryland erased any doubts with a dazzling performance against Michigan State (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP).Crystal Langhorne scored 28 points on 13-for-14 shooting, Kristi Toliver made four 3-pointers and the Terrapins snapped the Spartans' five-game winning streak with a 97-57 victory Saturday."Just a lot of fun today. We really talked about being able to make a statement," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We got after it in so many dimensions of the game."Playing in front of 12,295 fans and a national television audience, the Terrapins turned the Spartans inside out. After Toliver made three straight 3-pointers to put Maryland up 20-6, Langhorne dominated the post against 6-foot-9 freshman Allyssa DeHaan."Toliver was the key to the game," Michigan State coach Joanne McCallie said. "Her shots in the first half were very significant; that opened up the inside more."Reserve Jade Perry had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who had five players score in double figures. Langhorne, a 6-foot-2 center, grabbed nine rebounds and Toliver finished with 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc."This was a big statement game," Toliver said. "We came out with a lot of energy, and made that statement by playing great on both ends of the floor. We wanted the country to know that we're a talented team and we're fun to watch."Talented, yes. Fun to watch? Not for the Spartans."Not much to say. Maryland played great," McCallie said. "They played very well together and are obviously very well-coached."Maryland has won 23 straight, and at 17-0 is off to the best start in school history.Victoria Lucas-Perry led the Spartans (12-3) with 20 points and DeHaan, the nation's leading shot blocker, swatted away five shots before fouling out.Playing a ranked team for the first time this season, Maryland expected to be tested by a Michigan State squad that came in tied for the Big Ten lead. It turned out to be just another blowout for the Terrapins, who have won 14 games by at least 18 points.With Langhorne going 8-for-9 and Toliver displaying uncanny accuracy from the outside, the Terrapins went up 46-25 at halftime. A layup by Langhorne with 15:20 left expanded the lead to 30 points, and the margin reached 40 with just under 8 minutes to go.DeHaan blocked two shots on Maryland's first possession, serving notice that scoring inside might not be easy for the Terrapins. Undaunted, Langhorne got Maryland's first points on a driving layup and guard Shay Doron followed with a 10-footer over DeHaan's outstretched arms.The Terps then provided Michigan State a sample of their quickness. Doron got free in transition before being fouled, and Langhorne added a breakaway layup for a 9-3 lead.McCallie switched to a zone defense, which proved to be a mistake. Toliver hit three straight 3-pointers over a 61-second span to put Maryland up by 14. Lucas-Perry followed with a 3-pointer for the Spartans, but by then Michigan State was 3-for-13 from the floor with six turnovers.Minutes later, Langhorne worked around DeHaan for two straight layups to put Maryland up 31-11. After Michigan State closed to 37-22, Toliver hit a 3-pointer and Marissa Coleman added a fastbreak layup to restore the 20-point cushion.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-75 (.293)||33-65 (.508)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-23 (.304)||7-16 (.438)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-9 (.667)||24-29 (.828)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|