Maryland Women Defeat Delaware State in Basketball
Monday, November 17, 2008
For the third-ranked Maryland women, yesterday's 73-46 victory over visiting Delaware State in their home opener at Comcast Center did not begin well. The Terrapins, who were coming off a disappointing loss at TCU, missed their first three shots from the floor, committed a turnover, and saw their senior point guard, Kristi Toliver, pick up two quick fouls and head to the bench.
So for the remainder of the first half, the Terrapins put their offense in the hands of a redshirt freshman point guard. Anjalé Barrett, who sat out last season while recovering from knee surgery and played only six minutes against the Lady Frogs on Friday, responded well, accumulating five assists and no turnovers as the Terrapins built a 20-point halftime edge.
"She really was a huge spark for us when she came into the game, [and that was] really when the game and the momentum changed," Coach Brenda Frese said. "She gave us a ton of energy with her ability to attack and really allowed us to kind of get up and down with transition."
Maryland, which hadn't lost a season opener in Frese's tenure, evened its record at 1-1. But overall, Frese was not pleased with the Terrapins' performance. For every positive -- freshman center Lynetta Kizer (13 points, four rebounds) and junior college transfer Demauria Liles (11 points, 12 rebounds) dominated inside, for instance -- there was a negative -- the two front-court rookies committed a combined 11 turnovers.
Frese was especially unhappy with the way the Terrapins played in the second half: They shot 39.3 percent and had 13 turnovers to just five assists. Maryland scored only seven more points (36-29) than the Lady Hornets (1-1), who took nearly 16 minutes to score their first 10 points of the game.
"I really thought we lost a lot of effort and intensity in the second half," Frese said. "Those are areas that we do not have a lot of time, and we've got to be able to fix and correct, and really sustain our intensity and our focus."
But these early games are about gaining experience, and in that regard, it was especially valuable for Barrett, the younger sister of former Seton Hall standout Andre Barrett. She hadn't played this much (28 minutes) since high school, and said she was "just trying to bring as much energy as I can for the team."
Barrett brings a different look to the Terrapins; she does not have the outside shooting ability of Toliver, and prefers to attack the basket. She missed all five shots she took from the floor and finished with two points and four rebounds.
"Both players are a lot of fun to play with," said sophomore guard Marah Strickland, who scored 14 points. "Anji, she's that slashing point guard that's going to give you that 'Ooh baby' pass on the cut. KT, she makes that real nice crisp pass."
Toliver started the second half and had a basket, a steal and an assist within the first two minutes. She finished with eight points, and was the only Maryland starter who didn't reach double digits in scoring.
Navy Wins at Howard
Navy scored 18 of the final 23 points of the game to leave Burr Gymnasium with a 59-49 victory over Howard in the Bison's season opener. Senior Whitney Davidson led the Midshipmen (1-1) with 15 points, 10 in the second half.