Maryland Coach Brenda Frese talked in the preseason about how the No. 14 Terrapins need to meet their own standards, not play to the level of their competition. So far, this young team has heeded its coach by winning both of its games decisively.
Xavier, picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, was no match for Maryland, which won, 93-68, yesterday at Comcast Center before 3,102.
"This team is going to do some special things this season and when you can dominate a game like that for 40 minutes it says a lot about the direction this team is headed in," Frese said.
Maryland (2-0) used its height, athleticism and depth to overwhelm the Musketeers (1-1). The Terrapins shot 51 percent and outrebounded Xavier 48-28. But more impressive was Maryland's balance. For the second consecutive game, every player who appeared on the court for the Terrapins scored and four players finished in double figures.
Shay Doron, who had 23 points in 27 minutes, became the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 points. She reached that milestone faster than any other player at Maryland. Doron needed only 64 games, which surpassed all-Americans Deanna Tate (68) and Vicky Bullett (69). Doron, who ranks in the top 10 on Maryland's career three-point field goal list, appropriately enough scored her 1,000th point on a three-point basket from the right wing with 8 minutes 2 seconds remaining in the first half.
"It was a surprise," said Doron, who purposely wasn't told by the coaches of her impending milestone. "I was telling my teammates I haven't ever been somewhere this long to actually make 1,000 at one school. It's a pretty big honor, and I'm glad I've done it here at Maryland."
Doron wasn't the only player to shine for Maryland. Freshman point guard Kristi Toliver had seven assists and no turnovers to go along with her 16 points. Laura Harper, showing no tentativeness in her second game back after missing nearly a year with an Achilles' tendon injury, had three of the Terrapins' seven blocks.
After a slow start during which Maryland missed five of its first seven shots and had four turnovers in 41/2 minutes, the Terrapins went on a 19-0 run. Xavier, which shot just 39 percent in the first half, went 61/2 minutes without a field goal.
Kalika France (Bishop McNamara), who had started 62 of 63 games during her Maryland career, missed her second consecutive games with lingering knee problems. Frese said France is unlikely to play in this week's Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands.
* GEORGETOWN 67, SAVANNAH STATE 59: The visiting Hoyas never trailed in their season opener against the Lady Tigers.
Leslie Tyburski, a senior reserve guard, scored a career-high 14 points while freshman forward Katrina Wheeler (Theodore Roosevelt) had 10 points and nine rebounds.
* VIRGINIA 74, WRIGHT STATE 56: The Cavaliers scored the first 16 points and did not look back in their home opener. Sophomore Takisha Granberry had 16 points and freshman Lyndra Littles (Carroll) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia (2-0).
* DELAWARE 64, AMERICAN 38: The Eagles (0-2) committed 23 turnovers and made just 22.6 percent of their shots in a home loss. Junior Abby Lipskis had 12 points and nine rebounds for American.
* VIRGINIA TECH 86, JAMES MADISON 71: Senior guard Carrie Mason scored her 1,000th career point en route to a 20-point effort as the Hokies, at home, won their season opener.
Virginia Tech has won eight straight in the series. The Hokies also won their ninth straight season opener.