Maryland's undefeated women's basketball team did it again last night at Cole Field House. The third-ranked Terrapins (10-0) have six players averaging in double figures and in the 84-62 victory over Notre Dame (9-3), these same players scored more than 10 points apiece for the second straight game.
Each team came in riding a nine-game winning streak but it was apparent early on that Maryland was the better team. Jasmina Perazic scored two of her 15 first-half points with 8:50 to play in the opening half to give Maryland a 24-12 lead.
At halftime, the Terrapins were on top, 46-31, primarily on the strength of their 14-for-18 free throw shooting. Notre Dame never was able to put much of a dent in Maryland's offense after halftime. After Marcia Richardson's fast-break layup off an outlet pass from Perazic, the lead was 61-37.
Maryland led by 27 at one point. With four minutes to play Belinda Pearman's free throws made her the sixth Terrapin in double figures. Perazic paced Maryland with 17 while Richardson and Lea Hakala scored 16 each. Chequita Wood had 13 off the bench and Pearman and Debbie Lytle added 10 apiece. Lytle, however, injured her right shoulder late in the first half.
"Debbie's so important for our momentum. She's our leader," Maryland Coach Chris Weller said. "Marcia did a good job. She took over Debbie's role and kept everybody calm."