7:00 PM ET, January 19, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- For six days, Maryland waited for redemption. When the opportunity finally came, the defending national champions wasted little time blunting the memory of a painful loss.Crystal Langhorne had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Laura Harper scored 21, and No. 3 Maryland bounced back from its first defeat of the season by cruising past Virginia 95-68 Friday night.Kristi Toliver scored 20 points and Marissa Coleman added 16 for the Terrapins (19-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland was coming off an 82-61 embarrassment at Duke on Saturday that dropped the Terps from the top spot in the AP poll."Obviously, we had a tough one down in Durham. There was only one thing we could do, and that was recover and regroup," Toliver said. "I think tonight we showed we are a mature bunch. We could have folded because UVA is a very talented team. But we just came out with a lot of confidence and a lot of focus."Maryland trailed 6-4 before Toliver scored five points in a 14-0 run that put the Terrapins ahead for good. Five different players contributed to the spree, which included five free throws.It was 32-23 before Harper made a layup and a three-point play during a 9-0 spurt that increased Maryland's lead to 18.The Terrapins ended up topping the 90-point barrier for the ninth time, but coach Brenda Frese spoke excitedly about a defense that was repeatedly burned for easy baskets by Duke."I thought our team showed a lot of character tonight," Frese said. "I'm very pleased with our improvement defensively. We really focused and brought a lot more energy to the game."Lyndra Littles led Virginia (12-6, 2-2) with a career-high-tying 23 points and Sharnee Zoll had 11 assists. The Cavaliers, who were outscored 22-6 at the foul line, have lost four straight at Maryland.Virginia knew the Terps would be eager to rebound from their defeat at Duke, but that didn't influence the game plan of coach Debbie Ryan."I don't think we got anything different than we were going to get. I know they lost a game the other day, but I didn't feel like it was a game where I had to tell my team to be afraid," Ryan said. "They knew what happened last week. We watched that game together."Ryan said the Cavaliers got in trouble in the first half when guard Monica Wright picked up two fouls in the opening 3 minutes. And although Virginia was outrebounded 49-32, Ryan said it had nothing to do with a lack of effort by her front court."They're very big inside. We just don't have that kind of size," Ryan said.Down 42-27 at halftime, Virginia used two straight baskets by Wright to close to 48-35. After Frese called a timeout, Langhorne returned to make two straight layups, Toliver hit a 3-pointer and Shay Doron capped the 9-0 run with two free throws.Minutes later, Doron made a 3-pointer and Toliver followed with a jumper to make it 67-40 with 11:42 left.
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