CANCUN, Mexico -- Kristi Toliver scored 16 points and Lynetta Kizer added 13 of her 15 points during a decisive run to help Maryland (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) beat South Dakota State 68-56 on Wednesday at the Cancun Caribbean Challenge.
Kizer also had 10 rebounds. Demauria Liles added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marissa Coleman had 15 points, four blocks and four steals for Maryland (4-1)."It was a hard-fought game," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It was back and forth. I thought they did a great job taking us out of our actions in the first half. In the second, we were a lot more aggressive and made a lot of hustle plays. I'm proud of the fact that we were able to come back in the second half and, quite honestly, that we were able to make plays."Jennifer Warkenthien led the Jackrabbits (4-1) with 17 points.Coleman moved into fifth place on Maryland's career scoring list with 1,631 points -- one ahead of Marcia Richardson. Toliver also climbed into ninth place with 1,520.South Dakota State held a 25-18 lead with 2:44 left in the first half before Kizer and Maryland went on a 19-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 37-29 lead with 14:43 remaining in the game. Kizer scored nine straight points to start the spurt and capped it off with a layup."We slowed down a little on the offensive end," Frese said of the play in the second half. "We wanted to create better shots and make the extra pass and just play unselfish basketball. I thought we were able to get in a better groove in the second half."The round-robin tournament continues on Thursday with Maryland facing Montana and South Dakota State playing Illinois.