2:00 PM ET, December 29, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Marissa Coleman knew if Maryland kept to its game, Richmond wouldn't be a problem. She just didn't know how easy the Terrapins would make things look.Coleman scored 23 points, Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Maryland beat Richmond 89-59 Saturday."I knew if we came out and played together and played our style of basketball and kept the tempo going, we could have a commanding lead," Coleman said. "You never go into a game saying you're going to win by a certain amount of points."Brittani Shells led Richmond (7-6) with 27 points. Danielle Bell scored 10 points, and Johanna McKnight added nine points and five rebounds.Coleman went 6-for-8 from the floor, made four 3-pointers and grabbed 10 rebounds to ignite the Terrapins (15-1).Maryland opened with a 7-0 run, led by as many as 35 points and never trailed."I thought we showed some good signs coming off the holiday break," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "You're always a little bit rusty this time of year, but I liked how we came out with our intensity defensively from the start."Marah Strickland's pull-up jumper from the baseline put Maryland ahead by nine points with 13:22 left in the first half, and she pushed the lead to 17-6 with a 16-footer 2 minutes later."I thought we came out with a lot of energy and clicked immediately," Maryland guard Kristi Toliver said.The Spiders climbed to within seven points on Bell's 3-pointer from the left wing. But Strickland answered with one of her own with 4:31 left, and Coleman followed with her second 3 of the half to put the Terrapins ahead 33-24.Coleman's open 3 from the left corner with 1:48 remaining gave the Terrapins a 41-26 lead, and Toliver's jumper made it a 17-point game."My teammates found me for a couple of open shots, which really kind of got my confidence going for the rest of the game," Coleman said.Maryland, which hasn't lost in five games following a 68-60 loss to Rutgers, took a 47-26 lead into halftime. The Terrapins shot 54 percent from the floor and made 29 of 39 free-throw attempts."I thought we came in here and competed very, very hard," Richmond coach Michael Shafer said. "I thought our kids came in here and tried to match up with the physicality of the game and tried to play as hard as they could."Shells scored eight consecutive Richmond points in the second half. Her 3-pointer with 17:38 to play brought the Spiders within 20 points, and her long jumper from the top of the arc made the score 51-33. After making only three shots in the first half, Shells scored 21 points in the second including a 4-for-7 mark from beyond the 3-point line."Brittani gives you an opportunity to create off the dribble and create shots," Shafer said. "She's been a kid, at least in our league, that we've been missing."Following a layup by Langhorne, Shells knocked down another 3-pointer to cut the Spiders' deficit to 53-36. Coleman followed with a 3-pointer with 15:54 left, and Jade Perry's layup put Maryland ahead by 22. Toliver scored seven of her 16 points during a 13-0 run late in the second half that built the lead to 85-50."If we can consistently play like that," Frese said, "there's no team in the country that's going to be able to score off us."
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