COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland has raised its expectations so high that coach Brenda Frese talks about team shortcomings -- even after a 23-point victory for the defending national champions.
Marissa Coleman had 21 points and six rebounds to lead No. 3 Maryland to an 83-60 win over Wake Forest on Sunday. Ashleigh Newman came off the bench to score 20 points for the Terrapins (20-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).Kristi Toliver had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds and Shay Doron also scored 10 for the Terrapins. The Terrapins entered the game having defeated Virginia 95-68 Friday.Still, Frese didn't like the way her team played defensively, especially in the second half when the Terrapins allowed the Demon Deacons to connect on six of 10 three-point attempts."Today, I liked where we were on the defensive side in the first half," Frese said. "That is an area we have been trying to improve. In the second half, we definitely had our lapses and lost some concentration. The biggest thing is just to keep our focus and intensity for 40 minutes."Yolanda Lavender led Wake Forest (8-11, 0-6) with 22 points, and Alex Tchangoue finished with 20. The Demon Deacons, who shot 18.1 percent from the field in the first half and 31.1 percent for the game, have lost nine straight after having won seven straight earlier in the season.Trailing 41-16 at halftime, Wake Forest pulled within 55-37 following a pair of 3-pointers by Lavender. Maryland answered with a 14-5 run, including 10 straight from Newman.Frese said Newman's performance meant even more since forward Crystal Langhorne had a rare off night. The junior finished with seven points, marking the first time in 44 games that she failed to score in double figures."I loved to see the kind of floor game that Ashleigh had today," Frese said. "She made smart decisions."Tchangoue answered Newman's spurt by scoring Wake Forest's next 12 points, pulling the Demon Deacons within 72-54 with 4:56 remaining. But the game didn't get any closer."I thought we played pretty well in the second half," Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said. "We shot 18 percent in the first half, and 45 percent in the second half. We took about the same quality of shots, but we just made shots in the second half."