- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 9 MARYLAND 87, GEORGIA TECH 79: With a national title in 2006 and five straight NCAA appearances, the Terrapins want to keep building momentum as they prepare for March. Another step toward their goals was to beat the difficult fullcourt press of the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night in Atlanta.

”I really like how we’re coming together,” coach Brenda Frese said. “I feel like our young kids and our veterans are really in sync. You hope for that, obviously, after 26 games. We just want to keep improving. We keep wanting to get better because good things are going to pay off for you.”

Marissa Coleman scored 23 points and Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds to help Maryland (22-4, 9-2 ACC) win its sixth straight. Coleman finished with eight rebounds and seven assists and made all 11 of her free throws for the Terps, who have won nine of 10.

“Something we worked on in practice this week was breaking their press,” Coleman said. “If you get the ball in the middle, there’s going to be open lanes for us to the basket. You saw that once we got a few easy buckets they backed off on it a little bit.”

Georgia Tech (18-8, 5-6) has dropped two straight after winning four of five. The Yellow Jackets, who were coming off a 23-point loss Sunday at North Carolina, trailed by 23 at the 8:22 mark, but they went on a 27-11 run that ended on Brigitte Ardossi’s two free throws with 44 seconds remaining.

Despite leading the nation with 14 steals a game, Georgia Tech was forced to abandon its press because the Terps moved the ball efficiently down the floor and exposed open passing lanes once they set up their halfcourt offense.

“We knew we couldn’t put two people on one because they do such a great job of finding the open person,” Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph said. “We were playing a different defense than we usually do, and that’s a compliment to them.”

No. 7 DUKE 62, VIRGINIA TECH 46: Abby Waner scored 15 points, and the Blue Devils (22-3, 9-2 ACC) beat the Hokies (11-16, 1-11) in Durham, N.C.

Carrem Gay added 12 points for Duke, which improved to 13-0 at home. Chante Black scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who led 33-18 at halftime en route to their 11th straight victory against the Hokies.

The Blue Devils blew open the game with a 16-0 run beginning midway through the first half, scoring 14 of the points off steals. Virginia Tech, which took a 15-13 lead on a jumper by Lindsay Biggs with 10:23 remaining in the half, went the next 6:50 without a point.

Brittany Gordon scored 12 points to lead the Hokies, who shot 33.4 percent and committed 21 turnovers.

No. 23 VIRGINIA 84, MIAMI 75 (OT): Lyndra Littles hit a game-tying heave in regulation and finished with 27 points as the Cavaliers (20-7, 6-5 ACC) beat the Hurricanes (13-13, 2-9) in Charlottesville.

Monica Wright added 21 points and Aisha Mohammed had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Miami led most of the way in search of its first victory against a ranked team in more than three years but saw Littles tie it with a no-look heave from the foul line that banked in with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. Virginia took charge in overtime.

Shenise Johnson led the Hurricanes with 25 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left in regulation.

TOWSON 67, GEORGE MASON 52: Shanae Baker-Brice scored a game-high 21 points to help lead the Tigers (15-9, 7-7 CAA) to a win against the Patriots (3-22, 1-13) in Towson, Md.

Brittney Wilkins led George Mason with 19 points; Becky Cox added 11.


GEORGE WASHINGTON 90, ST. BONAVENTURE 62: Rob Diggs scored 26 points and was one of five players in double figures for the Colonials (8-15, 2-9 Atlantic 10) in their rout of the Bonnies (13-12, 4-8) at Smith Center.

Joseph Katuka added 13 points, Travis King and Damian Hollis had 12 apiece and Wynton Witherspoon chipped in 10 for George Washington. Michael Davenport led St. Bonaventure with 16 points; Malcolm Eleby added 11.

The Colonials opened the game on a 25-7 run and cruised to a 47-28 halftime lead.

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