Kizer's perfect night sends Maryland women past Samford

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lynetta Kizer was named the top freshman in the ACC last season for the way she dominated inside, using her size and strength to score baskets and grab rebounds. But over the summer, the 6-foot-4 center spent a lot of time in the gym, trying to expand her shooting range.

The work she put in was on display in Maryland's 76-49 victory over visiting Samford on Tuesday night. She made all eight shots she attempted, including a three-pointer in the first half and a long jumper just inside the arc at the start of the second half, and finished with a game-high 20 points. She also helped lift a young Terrapin team that was coming off of its first loss of the season.

Kizer "really settles us down when we need a big shot. Her energy speaks for itself," said Maryland Coach Brenda Frese, whose team hosts Howard on Friday evening. "She was the one at halftime, getting our team focused to make sure we came out ready to play in the second half. That's the kind of maturity we need with Lynetta. She's got big shoulders; I know she can handle it."

Maryland (4-1) struggled mightily in its first test of the season, falling at No. 19 Mississippi State, 84-55, on Sunday. The Terrapins made just 16 of 52 shots from the floor -- including 5 of 21 from three-point range -- and had seven times as many turnovers (28) as assists (four).

"With this young team, it's a learning experience," Frese said. "I thought tonight's game was going to be a big test and I thought they did a tremendous job being ready to play."

Against Samford (3-1), the Terrapins displayed more confidence and unselfishness. They shot 50.8 percent, but the numbers that most pleased Frese and Kizer were their assists (19 of 31 field goals) and turnovers (season-low nine).

Guards Anjalé Barrett and Dara Taylor, who combined for 12 turnovers and two assists against Mississippi State, totaled 14 assists and two turnovers against Samford.

"I'm proud of my teammates, to turn around and have an assist to turnover ratio of 19 to 9," Kizer said. "I think that's saying we grew from the Mississippi State game."

The Terrapins opened up a 25-3 advantage over the first eight and a half minutes of the game. In that stretch, Maryland made 6 of 8 shots from beyond the arc, and senior guard Lori Bjork (11 points), who didn't score a single point at Mississippi State, made all three three-point shots she took.

Kizer attempted only three three-point shots, making zero, in her first 39 games as a Terrapin. But in the past two games, she's made 2 of 3 attempts from beyond the arc. She smiled when asked if that long-range shot was going to become a more prominent weapon for her.

"If I'm wide open," Kizer said. "I want to stick in the post."

-- Camille Powell

Mids hold off Hornets

Strong starts to both halves provided enough of a cushion for Navy to withstand a late Delaware State rally and post a 52-43 victory.

The Mids (5-1) began the game by scoring the first seven and 10 of the opening 12 points of the contest. And after the Hornets scored the opening basket of the second half, they went the ensuing nine minutes without connecting on a field goal.

Angela Myers led Navy with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Kirk leads Eagles' effort

Led by Michelle Kirk's 24 points, American prevailed, 65-57, over the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a hard-fought contest.

The Eagles shot a season-high 52.2 percent from the floor, including 60 percent (15-25) in the second half.

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