7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- If Maryland keeps playing like this, it won't be long before the Terrapins again find themselves to be a hot topic of conversation.Crystal Langhorne scored 17 points, Marissa Coleman added 14 and No. 3 Maryland beat Ohio State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) 77-53 Friday night in the women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.Two years ago, the Terrapins were deemed the third-best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference before they mounted a run to the national championship. There are six holdovers from that team, and at least two of them are beginning to get a familiar feeling about this season."Lang and I were talking about it last night. It's very similar to the year that we won it," Coleman said. "Nobody's really talking about Maryland. Everybody's talking about Connecticut and Tennessee and the rest of the country. It's just more motivation for us to go out there and play hard and try to dominate those clubs that we do play."The Terrapins (10-0) did just that against the three-time defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes (5-2).Langhorne and Laura Harper each had two layups in an 8-2 spurt that increased Maryland's 14-point halftime advantage to 47-27.After Ohio State closed to 58-44, Langhorne made a layup, Harper hit a free throw and Marah Strickland scored in the lane to put the Terrapins ahead by 19 with 7:19 to play."A very, very convincing win," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "The best thing was just to be able to see how we executed defensively. We went in with a game plan and did a phenomenal job executing it to perfection."Marscilla Packer, who came in averaging 17.7 points, went 2-for-11 and finished with six points for Ohio State."Obviously we're not going to win a lot of basketball games with Marscilla shooting like that," coach Jim Foster said. "She's a target. Coleman used her strength and size to do a great job on her."Jantel Lavender had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Ohio State went 21-for-71 from the floor (30 percent) and missed 15 of its 21 shots from 3-point range.Harper had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Kristi Toliver recorded 11 assists to help Maryland become the first team in the country with double figures in victories. Four of those wins have come against ranked opponents.Next up: a road game Monday against Rutgers (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP).The Terrapins limited Ohio State to 31 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers in going up 39-25 at the break.Strickland hit a 3-pointer off the opening tip, giving Maryland a lead it would not relinquish. Toliver scored five points and had two assists in an 11-0 run that made it 14-2, and the margin increased to 14 before the game was six minutes old.After starting 2-for-13 with five turnovers, the Buckeyes used an 8-2 spree to get to 20-12. But a three-point play by Langhorne and two straight baskets by Jade Perry made it a 15-point game.Langhorne finished with six rebounds to reach 966 for her career, two short of the school record held by Vicky Bullett. The senior center has 44 points in three starts since returning from a sprained ankle that forced her to miss six of Maryland's first seven games.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-71 (.296)||31-59 (.525)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-22 (.273)||5-10 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-7 (.714)||10-16 (.625)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|