4:00 PM ET, February 4, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- After two straight losses, No. 4 Maryland was looking for a big win to regain some of its swagger. Boston College wound up being just what the defending national champions needed.Shay Doron scored 15 points to lead Maryland's 71-39 rout of the Eagles, and Marissa Coleman and Laura Harper added 11 points apiece as every player on the squad scored.Maryland (22-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost back-to-back games to North Carolina and Georgia Tech, and lost two weeks ago to Duke, to drop from atop the national rankings."None of us likes losing. It's not a feeling we liked having," said Coleman, who also had nine rebounds and five assists. "People say you learn a lot more from losing than winning and we certainly learned from those three losses."Mickel Picco scored 13 points for Boston College (11-12, 1-8), which shot 14 percent from the floor in the second half, making 5 of 35 shots, and just 23.4 percent for the game. The point total and shooting percentage were the worst of the season for the Eagles.Sarah Marshall added eight points, six in the game's first 6 minutes, for BC.The 39 points allowed by Maryland are the fewest the Terps have given up in a conference game since Jan. 28, 1994, when they defeated Florida State, 83-39."I think we're slowly getting our swagger back," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We did a great job getting our teammates open, being unselfish and looking to attack more. I thought we were more aggressive on our press. Those are all things you need to do well to play better and get that swagger back."I really liked the way we approached the game today. I think we improved and in the big picture, that's what we are striving for."Harper said the team was a little rattled by its two losses, but not down."The losses gave us a sense of urgency," Harper said. "We already have a target on our back because were the national champions, but losing gave us a sense of urgency. We needed to go out and start having fun again."The Eagles trailed 36-23 at halftime, but made just two of their first 26 shots in the second half and went more than 8 minutes without scoring a field goal during a 31-9 Maryland run that made the score 67-32 with 8 minutes to play."We made a greater commitment to a quick start in the second half," Frese said. "We wanted to improve our focus and communication and I thought that happened."The Terps trailed just once in the game, 10-9, after Kaydia Kentish's layup at 12:32 ended a 6-0 run for the Eagles.Maryland countered with a 19-4 run to take a 28-14 lead with 4:54 left in the half. Doron scored eight straight points during the run."I've tried to be a leader to this team for a couple years now," Doron said. "I had some good looks and got some great passes and I took those opportunities. I wasn't being any more aggressive than I normally am."Kathrin Ress broke the Eagles' drought with a basket and Picco added a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles back to within 28-19.Maryland opened the second half with a 20-7 run and opened up a 56-30 lead with 10:01 to play. The Terps extended the run with an 11-2 stretch for its biggest lead of the game. Maryland held a 55-36 rebounding advantage. Jade Perry led the team with 10.
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