CANCUN, Mexico -- Kristi Toliver scored 13 points to help Maryland (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) beat Montana 71-58 on Thursday night in the Caribbean Challenge.
Marissa Coleman added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Terrapins (5-1), who had four players reach double figures in scoring. Marah Strickland scored 11 points and Demauria Liles added 10."It's really nice. Our players aren't pacing themselves on the offensive and defensive ends," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, who earned her 150th win at the school.Mandy Morales scored 15 points to lead Montana (3-1).Trailing by 15 in the second half, the Lady Grizzlies cut the deficit to 10 on a jumper by Shaunte Nance-Johnson with 8:25 left, but that's as close as they would get.Lady Grizzlies coach Robin Selvig won his 700th game in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday when Montana beat Illinois 59-57 on Morales' jumper with 0.7 seconds left in overtime. Selvig, who is 700-200 in 31 seasons at Montana, became the ninth Division I coach to reach the milestone.The Terps will finish off their trip with a game against Illinois on Friday."We've got a lot of things to work on," Frese said. "The challenge is that we've got to improve quickly to go out and play a talented Illinois team tomorrow."Montana will play South Dakota State."We were definitely in the game the whole time, and that's encouraging," Selvig said. "This is a game that will help us. That's a legitimate top-10 team, and we were toe to toe with them the whole night."