Usually, a win over the Old Dominion women's basketball team is reason for celebration. But when the Maryland Terrapins topped the Monarchs, 71-65, last night, it was more of a relief.
The Monarchs -- who dropped to an uncharacteristic 2-9 -- blew an eight-point second-half lead against a Terrapins team that was missing some key players. The win broke a two-game losing streak for Maryland, which was in danger of dropping to .500 at the latest point of a season since 1986-87.
Guard Aluma Goren led the Terrapins (7-5) with 16 points and nine assists, while forward Katrina Colleton had 12 points. Lee Etta Cummings led Old Dominion with 16 points.
The Monarchs took a 52-44 lead on Cummings's jumper with 14:18 to play, but scored just five points in the next 12:53. Maryland's good defense then began creating offense. Senior guard Mary Barnes triggered the comeback with a pair of jumpers, and by the time Dafne Lee made two free throws with 8:21 left, the Terrapins led 57-52.
After Old Dominion scored three points, Lee made a layup, Barnes two free throws and Colleton a jumper for a 63-55 edge. Stephanie Gilmore scored for the Monarchs, but Lee and Goren answered with baskets for a 10-point Maryland lead with 1:42 left.
"We switched from a zone to a man" before the run, Maryland Coach Chris Weller said. "I think our team did a good job of digging down."
The Terrapins played without starting guard Estelle Christy (ankle stress fracture) and guard Carla Holmes (indefinite suspension), and Weller used her leading scorer, center Jessie Hicks, just six minutes because of matchup problems.
The Monarchs were without leading scorer T.J. Jones, who has mononucleosis.