- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2006

Held silent for much of the first half, Crystal Langhorne and Shay Doron bounced back to lead No. 6 Maryland past Georgia Tech 79-71 last night at Comcast Center.

Langhorne scored 19 of her 23 points after the break and Doron overcame early foul trouble to score 18 as the Terrapins (18-2, 5-1 ACC) held off the Yellow Jackets (12-7, 1-5) for their fourth straight win.

“Crystal and I have been through this a lot. Both of our shots were falling tonight, and we were feeling it and the ball came to us and we do what we always do, we score,” Doron said.

Doron helped the Terps pull away midway through the second half with a 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper to make it 57-45. Moments later Langhorne converted a three-point play to give Maryland a 16-point lead.

The inexperienced Yellow Jackets, who have lost six of their last seven, didn’t collapse despite the deficit. Spurred on by Stephanie Higgs (19 points) and Chioma Nnamaka (15 points), Georgia Tech went on a 17-3 run to close within 69-67 with 3:26 left.

Nnamaka, who missed much of the first half with foul trouble, made two 3-pointers during the run.

“We don’t have anybody [else] to shoot the ball like she can,” Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It’s just not the same without her.”

Langhorne took over from there. After making a pair of free throws, she delivered two layups to get the lead back to seven as the Terps pulled away in the closing minutes.

It was the third game in seven days for the Terps, who have been sluggish at times during the stretch and appeared weary on occasion last night. Still, Maryland is off to its best start since 1991-92, when it won 20 of its first 21 games.

“We’re kind of in an area where we’re grinding things out,” Terps coach Brenda Frese said. “But we’re finding a way to step up and play with some confidence and be able to pull these games out.”

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