7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Even by Maryland standards, the latest blowout stood out.Reserve Jade Perry had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the top-ranked Terrapins achieve a season-high point total by beating the Miami Hurricanes 111-53 on Wednesday night.Fellow reserve Ashleigh Newman also scored 19 points, sinking 6-of-7 3-point tries for the Terrapins.Defending national champion Maryland (18-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its 24th consecutive victory, extending a school record. The Terrapins face No. 3 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday."We just really talked about wanting to come out with our first ACC road game and being able to make a statement," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "Our team's playing with the most confidence I've seen us play with."Miami (9-9, 0-3) lost its fourth game in a row but only its second this season at home.The Terrapins, who lead the nation in shooting, finished at 57 percent and topped 100 points for the fourth time this season. Perry went 8-for-10, repeatedly hurting Miami from the top of the key."The high-post shot was open," she said. "I was making them, so it was boosting up my confidence."Marissa Coleman had 14 points, all in the first half, and added nine rebounds for the Terps, who had a 56-25 advantage on the boards.Crystal Langhorne had 13 points and nine rebounds. Shay Doron scored 14 points, and Kristi Toliver added 12."We're just so unselfish, always making that extra pass," Frese said.Maurita Reid led Miami with 24 points, and Albrey Grimsley added 13. Renee Taylor was held to eight, well below her average of 20.5 per game.The Terrapins raced to leads of 19-4, 36-8 and 57-16."They're an awesome team," Hurricanes coach Katie Meier said. "But we would have lost to a lot of teams tonight, the way we played. Our energy level, effort and intensity were not there."The Terps scored a season-high 59 points in the first half, and their 39-point lead at the half was also a season high. During one stretch midway through the game, they scored on 15-of-16 possessions to lead 66-22.Maryland kept gunning until the end -- Newman sank a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes. Her point total was a season high."I really like where we're at in terms of the offensive end and the ability to shoot the ball," Frese said. "And obviously, defensively we're really starting to get after it."The Terrapins came into the game with an average victory margin of 32 points, and Newman sank three consecutive 3-pointers to put them ahead 19-4. A 16-point run late in the first half boosted the margin to 41 points.Miami missed all 11 3-point tries in the first half, while Maryland went 7-for-12."I don't know if we were intimidated or what it was," Reid said. "Definitely this was a learning experience."
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