7:00 PM ET, November 20, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Following an eight-day stretch in which it beat three ranked teams, No. 3 Maryland enjoyed an easy one against an overmatched opponent.Seldom-used freshman forward Emery Wallace scored 18 points, Drey Mingo had 16, and the Terrapins placed six players in double figures in a 98-50 rout of in-state foe Loyola on Tuesday night.Maryland (6-0) tied a school record with 12 3-pointers, including three apiece by Wallace and Kristi Toliver.The Terrapins defeated Oklahoma and Notre Dame before beating then-No. 4 LSU on Sunday in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT. Facing a Loyola squad that represented a significant drop-off in competition, the Terrapins raced to an 11-2 lead, went up by 26 at halftime and breezed to the finish.There were plenty of chest-bumps, giggles and high-fives along the way."Obviously we were having tons of fun," coach Brenda Frese said. "They care about each other; you can see that on and off the floor. It was a fun game, a great game for us to have everyone come out and contribute the way they did."Wallace is slowly working her way back into a groove after undergoing three knee operations that kept her sidelined for two years. She played in only one game and had two points this season before going 6-for-8 from the floor and making all three of her foul shots in 16 minutes.Her increased playing time was a product of the blowout, as well as the fact that her knee is improving as the season wears on."It was awesome, having my teammates cheer me on," Wallace said. "It felt great to be in that zone again."Toliver scored 15, Marah Strickland had 12 and Marissa Coleman added 11.Vika Sholokhova scored 20 for Loyola (2-2).The Terrapins were again without standout center Crystal Langhorne, who has missed five of six games this season with a sprained ankle. She obviously was not needed against the Greyhounds, now 0-7 against Maryland since Nov. 17, 1998."Without Crystal Langhorne, to do what they do. ... They're very good," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "They've gotten better than they were a year ago."Maryland shot 59 percent and went 6-for-11 from beyond the arc in taking a 51-25 halftime lead.Laura Harper got Maryland started with a layup off the opening tip, and baskets by Toliver and Coleman made it 6-0. It was 17-7 before Strickland hit a jumper to start a 6-0 spurt that put the Terrapins up by 16.After Loyola closed to 26-13, Toliver, Strickland and freshman Kat Lyons made 3-pointers in a 13-3 run that gave Maryland a 21-point cushion.Wallace led the charge in the second half, scoring 14 points while going 3-for-3 beyond the arc.
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