Maryland women rout division III Catholic in final exhibition

By Camille Powell
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For every great pass that freshman point guard Dara Taylor made in Maryland's first exhibition game last week, she seemingly made another one that whizzed out of bounds or off of a teammate's hands.

But in the Terrapins' second exhibition game on Tuesday night, Taylor's passes found their mark and she repeatedly set her teammates up for easy baskets. She finished with seven assists and just one turnover to go along with 14 points in Maryland's 101-43 victory over Division III Catholic at Comcast Center.

That's the kind of improvement that Coach Brenda Frese was hoping to see from her young players over the course of their two exhibition games. Last week against Bowie State, Taylor had nine assists and five turnovers.

"She attacks, she makes us go," Frese said of Taylor. "She's got to get comfortable with the right passes at the right time to [her] centers, and they've got to always have their hands ready, [since she has] such an ability to pass the ball. I think even in our practices, we're seeing this team kind of mesh together, the more reps they get to have."

Redshirt freshman Jackie Nared had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for Maryland, which opens its season on Saturday against North Carolina Central. Freshman forward Tianna Hawkins (Riverdale Baptist) added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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