Kizer hurt in Terps' win

By Camille Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 28, 2009

When Lynetta Kizer fell to the ground late in the first half of Maryland's 79-51 victory over Howard on Friday night, the Comcast Center became so quiet that it was possible to hear the sophomore center groan in pain. Kizer, who leads the Terrapins in scoring and rebounding, injured her left ankle and had to be helped off the court.

"When I noticed she wasn't going to come back, and she came back [later] on crutches, that was my time to step up," freshman forward Tianna Hawkins said. She started in Kizer's place in the second half and finished the game with her first career double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds.

After the game, Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said that she was unsure of how long Kizer might be sidelined. Kizer was supported by two trainers as she limped to the locker room at halftime; when she returned to the bench midway through the second half, she was using one crutch and had her ankle encased in a large black boot.

With only 10 players on the roster, the Terrapins (5-1) "need to remain healthy. We have very little margin for error or injury," said Frese, whose team hosts Drexel (2-1), the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion, on Sunday. "This may be her first injury, so that's always a psychological battle to have to deal with."

Kizer, an All-Met from Potomac (Va.) and the reigning ACC rookie of the year, is one of Maryland's most indispensable players. She is the team's most experienced post player, and the only returning starter from last season's ACC championship team. Coming into the game, she was averaging 16.4 points on 61 percent shooting and 8.2 rebounds.

Hawkins starred for one of the area's top high school programs, Riverdale Baptist, and averaged 17 points and 11.3 rebounds as she earned All-Met honors last season; at one point, she recorded 15 consecutive double-doubles for the Crusaders. She's been steady in a reserve role with the Terrapins thus far, averaging 11 points on 63 percent shooting and 7.8 rebounds. Frese calls her the team's best offensive rebounder.

Hawkins and fellow freshman forward Diandra Tchatchouang (14 points) combined to score eight of Maryland's first 13 points of the second half, and worked well in tandem inside.

"I thought they were terrific, and really gave us a tremendous spark," Frese said.

Howard (1-4), which was playing Maryland for the first time since Nov. 2000, caused the Terrapins some problems in the first half. The Bison opened up an early 4-0 lead off baskets from junior guard Zykia Brown and junior forward Amanda Edwards.

Midway through the half, they led by one point, and when freshman forward Portia Deterville scored off an offensive rebound with 3 minutes 42 seconds to go, they were tied at 26 with a program that Howard had beaten once in 26 previous meetings.

Maryland had a "very sluggish start. I thought Howard came out with just great intensity and energy from the tip," Frese said. "I was very disappointed in the first half, obviously, with our defensive lapses and our lack of intensity and energy."

But the Terrapins held Howard without a field goal over the final 3:30 of the first half; two of the Bison's six shots didn't hit the rim, and two of their possessions ended in turnovers. Sophomore Kim Rodgers and senior Lori Bjork (16 points) each made a three-pointer in that stretch as Maryland built a 39-28 halftime advantage.

Brown (Parkdale) led Howard with 18 points, and freshman forward Saadia Doyle added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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