The Maryland women's basketball team dominated Rider just about every way possible during yesterday's 104-66 rout in the first round of the Terrapin Classic at Comcast Center. The Terrapins showed a great transition game, rebounded with authority, passed with precision and scored more than 100 points for the first time in nearly nine years.
Rhode Island (3-0) will meet Maryland in today's 11 a.m. tournament final. The Rams had little trouble with Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-2), scoring an 89-58 victory over the Hawks. UMES meets Rider in the 1:30 p.m. consolation game.
Vicki Brick had 20 points and 10 assists to lead three Maryland players with double-doubles. Freshman forward Angel Ross had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and classmate Charmaine Carr added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Renneika Razor also contributed 18 points.
"I'm very excited," Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we came out and played 40 minutes of [solid] basketball."
The Terrapins (3-0) finished with 32 assists on 45 baskets -- and limited themselves to 16 turnovers, a ratio that delighted Frese. Brick masterfully orchestrated a fast break that Rider (1-1) couldn't stop.
"That was definitely my focus, just to get the ball and get it up to the open player down the court," Brick said. "I think we play best when we just get the ball and go."
Terri Daniels also had seven assists, and freshman Chrissy Fisher added five to go with six points and 10 rebounds.
After leading 55-38 at halftime, Razor helped the Terrapins turn the game into a rout early in the second half. Razor scored three layups in just 57 seconds to help Maryland take a 69-43 lead with 16 minutes remaining.
"I just had fun in the second half," Razor said. "I stayed focused and played [hard]."
The Terrapins also clamped down on Rider in the second half. Maryland held the Broncs without a basket for 7 minutes 11 seconds at one point and allowed them just nine field goals after the break.
The Terrapins held a 58-35 advantage in rebounds, including 24 offensive boards that they often turned into second-chance points. Maryland also had 14 steals.
Leanne Moore scored 21 points to lead the Broncs, who hurt themselves with 21 turnovers.
Eventually, the only question was whether the Terrapins would become the first Maryland team to reach 100 points since Dec. 28, 1993. Brick took care of that on a fast-break layup with 1:38 left.
"I think it was just an exclamation point to the game," Frese said. "I think our transition game was clicking and really on today."
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* EASTERN ILLINOIS 77, NAVY 72: Eastern Illinois rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting Midshipmen (2-2).
* FLA. INTERNATIONAL 79, VIRGINIA TECH 68: Fran Recchia led three Hokies (1-1) in double figures, but it wasn't enough in the first round of the Florida International Tournament in Miami.