5:00 PM ET, November 11, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Here's a sign that Maryland once again has the depth of a serious title contender: The only starter to not score in double figures was its All-American.Marissa Coleman had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 4 Terrapins showed there's plenty more to their lineup than just Crystal Langhorne by beating No. 6 Oklahoma 76-66 on Sunday night in the second game of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic."We played extremely unselfish basketball," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It's fun to watch, the way we were moving the basketball, looking for each other. ... So many great things for us to be able to build on for the second game of the season."Laura Harper added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (2-0), who shot nearly 46 percent, made 7-of-15 3-pointers, built a 24-point lead and took command by outscoring the Sooners 30-9 during the final 12 minutes of the first half.Ashley Paris scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Danielle Robinson added 15 points for the Sooners (0-1), who made the score respectable by outscoring Maryland 13-1 during the final 2:09."I kind of expected us to take a little shot and reel for a little bit and say to ourselves to fight back, and we did," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "Maryland made some really tough shots, and kept us in a hole with their 3-point shooting, primarily, and we never could quite climb back out, but if we had had another 3, 4 minutes, you never know."In a matchup of All-Americans Courtney Paris and Langhorne, it was the supporting players who put up the biggest numbers.Kristi Toliver had 16 points and 11 assists, and Marah Strickland added 14 points for Maryland, which outrebounded the Sooners 43-32 and kept Oklahoma without a field goal for a 5-minute, 40-second stretch of the first half.Toliver "ran this team the way we expect her to," Frese said.Courtney Paris, last year's Associated Press player of the year, finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, extending her NCAA-record streak of games with double figures in both categories to 62 -- even though she didn't crack the 10-point mark until making a layup with 2:53 remaining."They have a lot of options," Courtney Paris said of Maryland's numerous post defenders. "They really challenged the inside in a lot of differnet ways with their options, but I think that's good for us to see. It lets me know there's a lot of things to work on."She also set the school record for career rebounds with 1,075, breaking Molly McGuire's 25-year-old school career rebounding record of 1,071 with an offensive rebound after Amanda Thompson's miss with about 16 1/2 remaining.Langhorne finished with just two points on 1-of-7 shooting -- nearly 15 points below her career average.Maryland took control midway through the first half, taking the lead for good when Jade Perry's basket with 10:11 left made it 18-17. Toliver's short jumper at the buzzer pushed the lead to 42-24.
|FG Made-Attempted||28-63 (.444)||28-61 (.459)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-17 (.176)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-11 (.636)||13-19 (.684)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|