Guard Tiffany Brown helped Maryland show Fairleigh Dickinson how good outside shooting can beat a tough zone defense.
Brown tied her school record with seven three-pointers (on 11 attempts) and scored 21 points. Maryland set school records with 11 three-pointers and 32 assists, and it celebrated Coach Chris Weller's 700th game with a 95-60 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson last night at Cole Field House.
The 95 points are the most the Terrapins have scored since they had 95 against Iona three years ago. The Terrapins' 4-1 start is their best since the 1996-97 season, and they face No. 9 North Carolina Thursday at home.
Maryland made only 8 of 41 three-pointers in its first four games. However, Fairleigh Dickinson's zone often left the Terrapins open on the wings, and they made 11 of 25 three-pointers.
"They were open shots that I was able to knock down," Brown said after tying the record she set two years ago against North Carolina. "We kept taking the shots."
Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3) stuck with a 2-3 zone throughout, and the Terrapins beat it with patience and good passing. Maryland had its school-record 32 assists on 37 baskets, and made 48 percent of its shots.
"They were really working at trying to keep the ball out of the paint," Weller said. "But we're capable of shooting."
Guard Marche Strickland scored 21 points, hitting 4 of 10 three-point attempts. Reserve Branka Bogunovic had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Deedee Warley added 15 points. Freshman guard Vicki Brick had four points, four assists and seven steals in her first start.
The Terrapins used a decided height advantage to outrebound the Knights, 50-33, and allowed few close shots. Marie Patrick had 24 points and 12 rebounds, but no other Knight scored more than nine.
Maryland struggled in the early minutes against Fairleigh Dickinson's zone, needing 3 minutes 34 seconds to score its first point.
Fairleigh Dickinson scored the first four points, but Maryland reeled off 38 of the next 47. The Terrapins held a 50-23 halftime lead and cruised in the second half, making six three-pointers.
"We couldn't match up with them man-to-man and we knew the wing [would be open]," Fairleigh Dickinson Coach Sandy Gordon-Gaglioti said. "You sometimes live and die by that."
-- Jeff Seidel
AMERICAN 74, UMBC 73: Freshman forward Maria Werries hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1 minute 31 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Eagles (3-1) the road win. Both teams shot 37 percent from the field, with the Eagles hitting 1 of 22 three-point attempts.
Jina Lewis scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Latisha Irwin had 16 points and 13 rebounds for American. Jami Lange led Maryland-Baltimore County (1-2) with 22 points.
VA. TECH 75, APPALACHIAN ST. 55: The No. 25 Hokies had four players score in double digits in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech (3-2) used a punishing inside game to put the Mountaineers (1-3) away, outscoring them 46-18 in the paint.
The Hokies shot 55 percent in the first half to run up a 38-25 lead by intermission, and were never threatened thereafter.
Sarah Hicks paced the Hokies with 17 points, while Tere Williams collected her second straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.