Chris Weller went near and far to find immediate help for her Maryland women's basketball team, and if yesterday's season opener at George Mason was any indication, she found it.
The Terrapins got solid performances from two foreign players -- Yugoslavian Ana Marjanovic and Israeli Aluma Goren -- and Pittsburgh-raised freshman Bonnie Rimkus in beating the Patriots, 94-61, at George Mason.
Marjanovic, a 6-foot-3 junior transfer from American, had 14 points and four rebounds, 5-10 point guard Goren had nine points and three assists and 6-4 center Rimkus had six points and eight rebounds.
"I feel real good about the effort," Weller said. "It was the kind of effort we were hoping for."
Maryland also got solid outings from three veterans: center Jessie Hicks (20 points, seven rebounds), forward Dafne Lee (16 points, eight rebounds) and guard Mary Barnes, who got her first career start and played a career-high 24 minutes, getting five points and five rebounds.
The Patriots scored the game's first four points, but went cold for the remainder of the half, enabling the Terrapins to take a 40-26 halftime lead. George Mason made only seven of 34 shots (20 percent) in the half.
The Patriots played better in the second half, but never got the deficit under 14 points. Jerolyn Weathersby led the team with 20 points and freshman Marcell Harrison scored 10.
"It was definitely a total breakdown," said Patriots Coach Jim Lewis, whose team lost to the Terrapins by 12 points last season. "We've been looking forward to playing this game. We weren't aggressive with our offensive play at all."
The Patriots were not quick enough to keep up with the Terrapins, who appear to have quality reserves for the first time in years. Nine Terps played more than 10 minutes, rare even in blowouts.
"I do think we have a pretty deep team," Weller said. "We may not have to worry about fatigue. We can give some relief."
Virginia 91, St. Peter's 59: Tammi Reiss scored 20 points and Dawn Staley had 19 to lead the top-ranked Cavaliers to a season-opening win in Jersey City.
Fairfield 71, American 62: Trish Elser scored 16 points, Trisha Sacca had 13 and Kate Ambrovitch 12 to lead Fairfield to victory at home. Fairfield trailed by 37-32 at the half.
Michigan St. 108, Georgetown 71: Eileen Shea scored 22 points and Cherie Swarthout added 20 to lead the Spartans at home. Georgetown was led by Trish Corace's 21 points.