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No. 1 Maryland too much for Michigan St., snaps streak

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.