Guard Tiffany Brown matched a season high with 21 points for the second consecutive game and Marche Strickland and Deedee Warley added 20 and 16, respectively, as Maryland defeated Brown, 98-47, yesterday in the consolation game of the Hurricane Holiday Classic in Miami.
After falling to eventual tournament champion Southern Methodist in the opening round, the Terrapins (8-3) raced to a 29-8 lead en route to a 51-26 halftime advantage over the Bears (4-6). The large lead was mainly thanks to Strickland and Warley, who combined for 32 points, and pressure defense that forced 22 turnovers and 12 steals.
Overall, Maryland converted 37 Bears' turnovers into 46 points and Brown recorded a career high in steals with six. Brown also was the Terrapins' lone representative on the all-tournament team.
VIRGINIA 88, BUTLER 54: Freshman Schuye LaRue (Carroll High) scored a career-high 29 points, including 12 during a 31-5 run in the first six minutes of the second half, to help the Cavaliers roll in the second game of the Nationwide Classic in Charlottesville.
LaRue was 14 of 16 and added four blocks in 21 minutes.
Virginia started with a 10-2 run to open the game, with La Rue contributing five points in the opening four minutes.
Butler worked back into the game as Julie Schrader's nine points keyed the Bulldogs to a 16-9 run of their own to pull to 19-18 at the 10:29 mark of the first half.
The opening six minutes of the second half, though, was all Virginia. The Cavaliers scored 21 points in the first four minutes while forcing nine turnovers and converting them into 13 points.
Virginia allowed the Bulldogs just two shots and one bucket in that span.
With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 7-4. Butler fell to 3-7.
JAMES MADISON 84, HOWARD 54: The Bison missed their first 14 field goal attempts and fell behind, 18-1, on their way to a nonconference loss at James Madison Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va. Chanell Washington scored 21 points off the bench to lead Howard, which dropped to 2-7. James Madison improved to 6-4.
VIRGINIA TECH 93, HAMPTON 61: Center Nicole Jones grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 16 points as the Hokies rolled in a nonconference game at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Forward Chrystal Starling added 24 points and eight rebounds for Virginia Tech, which improved to 6-4. Hampton dropped to 2-7.