The inbounds pass to Crystal Langhorne was poor, landing near her ankles. But if the pass wasn't perfect, the finish was. With one fluid motion, Langhorne scooped up the ball and banked it off the backboard, through the hoop. It would have been a difficult move for most post players. Not Langhorne, who finished with 30 points to lead No. 9 Maryland to a 102-53 victory over Mount St. Mary's yesterday at Comcast Center before a crowd of 2,712.
Langhorne made 14 of 15 field goals to go along with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as Maryland (6-1) reached 100 points for the second consecutive game and the third time this season. She sank her first 10 shots from the field and had more field goals than the entire Mount St. Mary's team in the first half.
"I don't even remember you missing," Maryland guard Shay Doron said to Langhorne in the postgame news conference. "Crystal is money every time. We just throw it up to her [and] she gets it. It's pretty easy for us."
Mount St. Mary's (2-3) had no one who could match up with Maryland's left-handed, 6-foot-2 forward. Then again, few teams have been able to limit Langhorne. She had double-doubles against then-No. 9 Michigan State and No. 2 Tennessee and has scored in double figures in every game.
"I was just getting the ball in the right places," Langhorne said. "My teammates were getting me the ball. [Mount St. Mary's] really wasn't doubling me that much so it made it a lot easier for me."
Langhorne, who earned ACC rookie of the year honors last season, appears to have become an even more complete player. The experience she gained playing on the under-19 national team this summer and earning most valuable player honors at the world championships in Tunisia has carried over into this season.
Langhorne is remarkably efficient. She averages the fewest minutes of any starter (21.3) but is the team's third-leading scorer (14.2 points), leading rebounder (8.7 rebounds) and shoots 71.4 percent from the floor. She has turned the ball over just 17 times this season and, despite playing in the post, has the fewest fouls of any starter (13).
"This summer gave her a lot of confidence," Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "Crystal now sees and understands she's one of the most dominant post players out there in the country. It's great to see. I love the fact that she's playing with a lot of confidence right now, but doing it so unselfishly."
For the second consecutive game, Maryland had little trouble dispatching its opponent. The Terrapins, who won, 118-59, against Appalachian State on Thursday, had a 10-point lead in this game before the first scheduled timeout. Brianna Gauthier (St. Mary's) scored the first seven points for the Mountaineers, and it wasn't until Dita Krumberga sank a jump shot with just over 10 minutes remaining that Maryland allowed someone other than Gauthier to score for Mount St. Mary's. The Terrapins shot 56 percent from the floor, held the Mountaineers to 25 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 58-39.
* VIRGINIA TECH 54, RICHMOND 47: The Hokies used a 25-10 run in the final 12 minutes against the host Spiders to maintain their undefeated record.
The Hokies forced 22 turnovers to help overcome 35.6 percent shooting, including 1 for 11 on three-pointers. Senior Carrie Mason scored a team-high 14 points for the Virginia Tech (6-0). Saona Chapman led Richmond (2-5) with 16 points.
* DELAWARE 74, GEORGE MASON 63: Delaware junior Alena Koshansky scored a career-high 24 points including 6 of 6 from three-point range, to lead the visiting Blue Hens (5-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) past the Patriots.
The Patriots (3-3, 0-1) led by two points late in the first half, but could not get closer than five in the second. Junior Nikkia Slade led Mason with 18 points.