- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2006

The top-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team shook off 20 minutes of lethargic play with a 15-6 run at the start of the second half that spurred it to a 93-54 blowout of Sienna last night at Comcast Center.

The Terrapins got serious after the break to dispatch the visitors, who made four 3-pointers, shot 50 percent from the floor and trailed by just 11 against a Maryland team that forgot how to play perimeter defense.

Sophomore swingman Marissa Coleman led the Terps with 19 points before a crowd of 6,044. Four of her teammates also scored in double figures.

“You know, again, that we’re going to get every team’s best shot,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “You could see the enthusiasm and the confidence that we gave Siena in the first half. We responded in the second half by being much more focused and ready to play.”

Before the game, Coleman was named the ACC’s player of the week after recording the program’s first triple-double Saturday against UC Santa Barbara. Coleman, a product of the District’s St. John’s High School, scored 15 points with 14 rebounds and 10 assists against the Gauchos.

“The first half our intensity level wasn’t really there [last night],” said Coleman, who recorded her third double-double of the season. “You could just see in [Siena’s] faces and their energy when they would hit the big shot just how excited they were to be playing so well against us.”

Despite shooting 70.4 percent (19-for-27) in the first half, the Terps led by just 45-34 at intermission against Siena, which lost to George Mason by 17 points Saturday at Patriot Center. The Saints went 4-for-11 from behind the arc in the half but missed all five of their attempts after the break as Maryland outscored them 48-20.

Center Crystal Langhorne had 13 points. Point guard Kristi Toliver had 14 points and five assists. Backup point guard Christie Marrone scored 10 points, and swingman Ashleigh Newman added 11 points off the bench for Maryland.

The undefeated Terps (10-0) came in beating opponents by an average of 30 points.

The Terps are off to the program’s second-best start. Only former coach Chris Weller’s 1982-83 Sweet 16 squad that opened the season 16-0 did better.

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