- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver made sure the Terrapins had no trouble in their opening round NCAA tournament game.

The senior point guard scored a game-high 27 points and top-seeded Maryland was never seriously challenged in a 82-53 win over sixteenth-seeded Dartmouth at Comcast Center.

The Terrapins next face No. 9 seed Utah, which doubled up Villanova earlier Sunday afternoon.

Toliver had no trouble dissecting the Big Greens 2-3 zone. She got to rim seemingly at will and found plenty of soft spots for easy jumpers as she put together an efficient 11-for-14 shooting night.

Any thought of an upset was quickly squelched. Dartmouth missed its first nine shots of the game while the Terps jumped out to an 8-0 lead. From there, the slow-paced Big Green struggled to keep up with Maryland, which was constantly pushing the tempo.

A Toliver 3-pointer gave the Terps an 18-7 lead with 12:55 remaining in the first half, and they kept a double-digit advantage throughout.



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