Maryland 92, Arizona 67
It is not something the Maryland women's basketball team plans on making a routine -- not when it has so many ways to attack an opponent this season. But by the time freshman forward Marissa Coleman and the No. 9 Terrapins were finished, they had made a season-high 10 three-pointers and rolled past Arizona, 92-67, before a crowd of 4,018 yesterday at Comcast Center.
Starting in place of guard Kristi Toliver -- limited to only three minutes because of leg pain -- Coleman (St. John's) scored a team-high 20 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.
"I knew, regardless, I just had to be ready to play," Coleman said. "If I'm open or can make the extra pass, whatever it took to help us get the win. I know my teammates, we all knew we had to step up with Kristi not being there."
The 10 three-pointers fell just short of the team-record 11 set against Farleigh Dickinson in 1999, and were all the Terrapins (8-1) needed to turn what was a tight game into their fourth straight lopsided victory.
Arizona (4-3) tested the Terrapins early, pulling within 29-27 on a layup by Che Oh with 6 minutes 6 seconds left in the first half. It was the closest the Wildcats would get.
Coleman, Ashleigh Newman and Toliver each scored three-pointers as part of a 17-0 run that sent the Terrapins into halftime with a 46-27 lead.
Maryland was 8 for 9 from three-point range in the first half, surpassing the team's previous season high of seven three-pointers against Siena in the season opener. Newman drained 3 of 5 three-pointers and Shay Doron finished 2 of 5.
"It seemed like every time we missed, they went down every possession and scored," said Arizona Coach Joan Bonvicini. "Maryland has so many weapons and we went to a zone [defense], which I thought was smart, but we just weren't aggressive enough coming out on three-point shooters."
Outside of the three-point barrage, everything else went according to the share-the-wealth model that has marked Maryland's season. Doron had a career-high 13 assists and six Terrapins scored in double figures.
Laura Harper, who sat out two games last week while nursing her Achilles' tendon, looked to have regained her form in just her second game back. The sophomore forward finished with 14 points and four blocks.
"It feels wonderful to be a part of this team right now," Harper said. "Every game I feel like we gain something and get better. So I just wanted to play and keep getting better every day."
Terrapin Notes: Sophomore center Crystal Langhorne was honored before the game for her selection as USA Basketball's female athlete of the year.
Langhorne led the U.S. under-19 world championship team to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey last summer. . . .
Toliver will have an MRI exam on her legs today.