Saturday, November 24, 2001

AMES, Iowa (AP) Marche Strickland scored 12 points and teammate Renneika Razor shut down DePaul’s Lenae Williams as No.22 Maryland beat the Blue Demons 54-36 yesterday for third place in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge.

Maryland (3-1) overcame its 21 turnovers because DePaul (2-2) shot only 26 percent (13-for-50). The Blue Demons missed their final 10 shots of the first half, finishing 4-for-22 in the period, and went 10 minutes without scoring in the second half.

Williams, who scored 41 points in a loss to No.6 Iowa State on Wednesday night, was held to 14 on 6-for-20 shooting. She was 2-for-8 from 3-point range after making eight 3s against Iowa State.

Razor guarded Williams most of the time and made it difficult for her to get shots early. When Williams did get open, the shots did not fall.

Vicki Brick, Deedee Warley and Terri Daniels each scored 10 points for Maryland. Claudette Towers scored nine for DePaul. Until Sarah Kustok made a layup with 7:41 left, Williams and Towers were the only DePaul players with a field goal.

Towers’ 3-pointer with 5:30 left in the first half cut Maryland’s lead to 20-16 but was DePaul’s last basket of the half. Maryland led 26-16 at halftime and was leading 28-20 after Williams scored on a putback with 17:40 remaining.

DePaul did not score again until Kustok’s layup, and Maryland built a 38-20 lead.

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