- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

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No. 15 MARYLAND 83, LOYOLA (MD.) 52: It took a while for the rest of the Terrapins to match Marissa Coleman’s energy. When they finally did, the Terps were able to put their disappointing upset loss over the weekend behind them.

Coleman had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Demauria Liles added 17 points and Maryland (8-2) routed the Greyhounds (6-3) on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Coming off an 86-57 defeat at No. 16 Pittsburgh on Sunday, Maryland didn’t display a crisp offense or strong defense early on. The Terps committed 15 turnovers leading to 10 Loyola points in the opening half but stiffened after a backdoor layup by Kaitlin Grant got the Greyhounds within 13-11 with 12:04 left.



The Terps struggled to adapt to the four-guard formation they opened with, but Coleman’s zealous displays of emotion provided a rallying point for Maryland.

“We all kind of got refocused,” Coleman said. “Obviously, we were not happy with how things ended at Pittsburgh. … At times, we fell into old habits, but we improved on things we had to improve on.”

Coleman carried the load early, taking advantage of defensive mismatches. Coleman hit a pair of early 3-pointers and scored on a layup as Maryland built an early 12-4 lead.

TOWSON 65, NAVY 53: The Tigers (6-1) made their first seven shots and never looked back, beating the Midshipmen (4-7) at home.

The hot start allowed Towson to take leads of 13-2 and 21-9. Shanae Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 16 points.

Center Cassie Considine was the only Navy player in double figures, scoring 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

AP TOP 25

No. 25 KANSAS ST. 64, CREIGHTON 55: Ashley Sweat scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats (8-0) to a victory over the Bluejays (2-5) in Manhattan, Kan.

Marlies Gipson scored 14 points and blocked a season-high five shots, and Kari Kincaid had 10 points for Kansas State.

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