- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Crystal Langhorne waited eight days for the opportunity to redeem herself for an uncharacteristic performance underneath the basket.

When Maryland’s sophomore forward finally got back on the court yesterday against Florida State at Comcast Center, she rarely let a missed shot elude her grasp.

Langhorne had 19 rebounds and 12 points, Kristi Toliver scored 16, and the sixth-ranked Terrapins breezed to a 75-57 victory over the Seminoles.

Held without a rebound Jan. 8 in a loss to No. 2 Duke, Langhorne recorded her 26th career double-double, most of any active player in the ACC. She fell three rebounds short of her career high, set last season at Miami, but had no complaints.

“I was really trying to rebound a lot more,” Langhorne said. “I really thought about it because I never had zero rebounds in my life. That was kind of a low for me.”

Langhorne had nine rebounds in the first half, a big reason why Maryland was able to build a 16-point cushion at the break.

“Whew, Maryland rebounded today. I know Crystal didn’t have a rebound against Duke, and I thought she came out and tried to prove she’s a rebounder,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we did a great job defensively, holding her to four shots, but she just helped the team in other ways. I’m very impressed with that.”

Jade Perry and Laura Harper each scored 11 for the Terps (15-2, 2-1), who have won 11 of 12. Led by Langhorne, Maryland finished with a 47-26 rebounding advantage.

“I was really happy about our play today,” Terps coach Brenda Frese said. “I thought we really took some ownership on the boards. In our last game, that was an area where we let slip away.”

Britany Miller led Florida State (10-6, 1-2) with 16 points. The Seminoles, who have lost three of four, shot 38 percent from the floor and were 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

“The best thing about them is, they didn’t let us go to the offensive boards,” Semrau said. “We’ve been first or second in the conference the whole year. We don’t pride ourselves on being a great shooting. We pride ourselves in getting extra possessions, and I thought Maryland kept us from those extra possessions.”

Florida State closed to 50-36 early in the second half before baskets by Ashleigh Newman, Harper and Shay Doron raised the margin to 20. After the Seminoles cut the gap to 14, Toliver made a 3-pointer and Langhorne sank three foul shots in a 7-0 spurt that made it 63-42 with just over eight minutes left.

Toliver, who has been bothered by a leg injury for much of the season, played 27 minutes in a reserve role.

“Every time I get out on the court, I’m 100 percent,” she said. “When I need to come out, I do. I just need to give it some more time and continue to rehab and I’ll be fine.”

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