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No. 22 Maryland Races Past Women's Basketball, 79-61

Dec. 7, 2010

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Baltimore, Md. - No. 22 Maryland shook off a pesky Loyola team by scoring 17 straight points to erase a five-point Greyhounds lead in the first half and cruised to a 79-61 non-conference win Tuesday night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds (2-6) forced six Terrapins turnovers to build a 16-11 lead nine minutes into the contest. Graduate student Erica DiClemente tallied half of Loyola's points in jumping out to the five-point advantage.

But Maryland (8-1) clamped down defensively and started to get some shots to fall. Kim Rodgers came off the bench to hit consecutive three-pointers that tied the game and gave the Terrapins the lead for good at 19-16. That began a 17-point run that turned into a 30-4 Maryland stretch covering 10:29. Only Miriam McKenzie's three-pointer with 22 seconds left kept Loyola's deficit at 20 at halftime.

"We give our players a lot of credit for playing as hard as they did," said Head Coach Joe Logan. "We were up early and then we could have gone in the tank at half time but we made some adjustments against their zone and it wasn't really anything we put in new. Our players started to play a little bit faster and moved the ball a little bit better."

The Terrapins dominance came on both ends of the floor as they held a 28-8 advantage in the paint while shooting 60.0 percent (18-30) and holding the Greyhounds to 23.3 percent shooting (7-30) and just 1-15 from three-point range for the half.

Loyola found its shooting touch in the second half and made several runs to cut into its deficit. After making just one three-pointer in 15 first-half attempts, the Greyhounds connected on seven shots from long-range after the intermission - most of them coming from DiClemente. The graduate student made four three-pointers after the intermission and her 14 second-half points contributed to her 23 career-high output. The closest Loyola came was 12, the last time at 67-55 with just over six minutes remaining on a DiClemente three-pointer.

In addition to DiClemente's career performance, sophomore Alyssa Sutherland was one shy of her career-best with 10 points and McKenzie finished with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

For the Terrapins, Lynetta Kizer tallied a team-high 21 points while adding eight rebounds and Tianna Hawkins collected a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards. Guard Anjale Barrett dished out eight assists to go along with her six points and three steals.

"We will not see another team as fast as they are or as long as they are," said Logan. "We are happy with our progress but we need to continue to get better."

The Greyhounds return to action Saturday when they play the first game of a men's-women's doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's. The women open the twinbill at 1:30 p.m. and the men's game tips off at 4 o'clock.