- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 30, 2006

Opposing teams often find themselves in a quandary against Maryland’s top-ranked women’s basketball team.

They must either take away Maryland’s post game and then pay from the perimeter, or focus on the Terps’ guard play, neglecting the post players.

UNC Greensboro opted to limit Maryland’s post production and paid the price in a 92-57 loss last night in the Terrapin Classic.

The Terps knocked down a school-record 12 3-pointers and extended their winning streak to 20 games.

Maryland often sets out to establish itself in the interior first and then put teams away from the perimeter. But center Crystal Langhorne and forward Laura Harper both got off to sluggish starts and didn’t dominate right out of the gate.

Guard Kristi Toliver stepped up.

Toliver hit three 3-pointers during a game-defining first-half run, turning Maryland’s lethargic start into a rout. Toliver scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the first half in front of 7,633 at Comcast Center.

The Terps (14-0) will be gunning for their third tournament championship this season when they play Marist (9-3) tonight in the championship game. The Spartans (6-5) will face Liberty (6-6) in the consolation game.

“UNC Greensboro did a great job defending our posts inside and obviously the guards had to step up on the perimeter,” said Toliver, who tied season highs in points and 3-pointers (4). “I’ve always been confident with my shooting. I’m a shooter, that’s what I do.”

With the Spartans leading 13-10, Toliver scored 11 points in a 38-5 Terps run that consumed nearly 12 minutes. Maryland led 48-25 at halftime.

Toliver was the game’s only double-figure scorer in the first half. The sophomore also added four assists and two steals to her first-half box score. She finished with a game-high seven assists.

In all, six Terps finished in double figures. Backup point guard Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood scored a career-high 15 points and tied her career high with three 3-pointers.

The Terps shot 24-for-25 from the foul line and hit 12 of their 21 3-pointers. The previous record for 3-pointers made in a game was 11, set Feb. 6 against Clemson.

“Offensively, I like where we’re at,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we were extremely unselfish almost to a fault in this game, but I like to see the extra passes that we’re making.”

Langhorne finished with 11 points, but Harper was held to just four. Terps forward Marissa Coleman had 13 points, 11 in the second half. Senior guard Shay Doron scored 10 points and forward Ashleigh Newman added 11 points off the bench.

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