- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

After playing two double-overtime games last week, the Maryland women’s basketball team was eager to have a simple, 40-minute contest. Last night, Miami complied.

Four Terrapins scored in double figures, led by senior Crystal Langhorne’s 19, as No. 5 Maryland pasted Miami 90-50 at Comcast Center.

With the win, the Terps (23-2, 7-1 ACC) improved to 16-0 at home and avoided what would have been their first two-game losing streak of the season.

“We were disappointed in our defense and our rebounding [against North Carolina],” coach Brenda Frese said. “That was the point of emphasis the last two days that we wanted to make. The exciting thing is that we took it to heart.”

Injuries and inexperience have shortened the Terps’ bench this season. Frese mostly has used a seven-player rotation, but last night all 10 Terps who dressed for the game saw action.

Freshman reserves Kat Lyons and Drey Mingo had seen their playing time decrease since conference play started because Frese said she wanted to ease them in to the rigors of ACC competition. Both Lyons (24) and Mingo (18) played their most minutes in a conference game this season.

Redshirt freshman Emery Wallace played eight minutes, the third time she has played in a conference game.

That was good news for Maryland’s starters, who all played at least 35 minutes in both games last week. And it was pleasing to Frese, who wants to see the Terps’ depth improve.

“I think you’re seeing the maturity as freshmen turn the corner,” Frese said. “They are doing some valuable things for us, and we need them to.”

Maryland and Miami were tied 14-14 with 14:21 left in the first half when assistant coach Daron Park called a 30-second timeout. The Terps then outscored the Hurricanes 30-9 to take a 44-23 lead at the break.

Maryland squashed any hope of a Miami comeback by opening the second half with a 20-9 run to extend its lead to 32 points.

With the first basket of the game, Langhorne became the first 2,000-point scorer in program history.

“I came into Maryland at a really good time,” Langhorne said. “Every year, my teammates and coaches have had a lot of confidence in me.”

Point guard Kristi Toliver, who entered the game third in the country with 8.0 assists a game, continued to show her comfort running the Terps’ offense by dishing out 10 helpers.

“It’s fun to watch us play when we put a complete game like this together,” Frese said.

Note — Langhorne and Toliver have been named two of the 20 candidates for the women’s John R. Wooden Award. The winner will be announced in March.

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