No. 5 Terps connect on 11 3-pointers in blowout of BC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Boston College found a way to slow the Terrapins' dominating inside attack. Stopping Maryland's perimeter game was another story.

Marah Strickland had a career-high 20 points and Maryland (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) cruised to a 78-51 win over Boston College on Thursday night.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Terrapins (26-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), while the Eagles (17-8, 5-5) suffered their third straight loss.

Maryland, which had made just 24 percent of its 3-pointers over the previous five games, made 11 of 22 3-point attempts.

"They are a very difficult team for us or anybody to try to stop," Boston College coach Cathy Inglese said. "They have such a balanced attack, it's tough to stop everything. We focused more inside."

The Terps assisted on 20 of 27 baskets, often passing out of the post for open 3-pointers.

"I thought that we were clicking on all cylinders on the offensive end," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We were making the extra pass, getting the ball inside and outside. Each and every player was ready to step up and shoot the ball with confidence."

Strickland scored 14 first-half points and made all five of her 3-point shots.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-2 lead but Maryland responded with a 14-2 run, taking control of the game for good. The Terps led 45-28 at the half and after Strickland hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, the Eagles never got within 20 points.

Boston College was led by Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy, who scored 10 points each. The Eagles were plagued by 20 turnovers that led to 26 Maryland points.

Kristi Toliver added 12 points for Maryland and Ashleigh Newman broke out of a slump with 15. Crystal Langhorne, the Terps' All-America center, was held to just four points, equaling the second lowest output of her career.

Laura Harper, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, broke the Maryland record for career blocked shots when she rejected a Brittany Johnson layup 2:16 into the game, pushing her total to 187.