Terps Kick Off 11 day, 6 Game Marathon With 76-52 Win Over Princeton
#20 Kristi Toliver spins in the paint and takes an open shot during the Terrapins 76-52 win over Princeton at Comcast Center in College Park MD on November 9, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
The Maryland Terrapins kicked off the regular season this evening competing in the pre-season Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) at Comcast Center in College Park MD.  Coach Brenda Frese and the Terps soundly defeated the Princeton Tigers 76-52 in front of 5,205 fans.

"Maryland's a very experienced, very athletic, and very versatile team", remarked Princeton Head Coach Courtney Banghart.  "We tried to slow down on the offensive end so we couldn't let them run.  We felt like it would be Maryland on rollerblades and Princeton on sneakers, and that's difficult to play in the full court.  So we tried to make it a half-court game."

Maryland outsized the Tigers and grabbed 38 rebounds compared to Princeton's 26.  The Terps also broke free and scored 12 points on fast breaks while Princeton scored only 2.  Kristi Toliver, Laura Harper, and Marissa Coleman all scored on fast break opportunities and while inside the paint.
 
Maryland's guards also performed with excellence in the assists category with Kristi Toliver leading the way with 10.  Coleman and Perry each had 2 assists, and Harper dished off 3 times.  Although Kat Lyons blanked in the stats department she came in off the bench and played 19 minutes, giving Kristi Toliver valuable rest time.

"[Kristi] did a great job..  She understands when to pull up and be able to shoot it, and when to look for her teammates.  There were some great unselfish plays she made" remarked Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese.  Toliver's excellent ball handling this evening resulted in 10 assists and only 4 turnovers.  She was the leading scorer for the Terps, notching 16 points off of 7 field goals, 1 3 pointer, and 1 free throw.

Jade Perry also stepped in for injured Senior Crystal Langhorne and played 30 minutes.  Perry was a monster under the basket and came up with 8 strong defensive rebounds.  She also was a force on the offensive end of the court, giving the Terps 3 second chances and scoring 12 points off of 4 field goals and 4 free throws.  Perry's minutes were invaluable to the Terps, reassuring the team of the strength of the bench.  "We just need Jade to continue to play with that type of confidence and that kind of strength", remarked Coach Frese.

The Terps head to Chapel Hill NC to play in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday evening at 5pm.  The Sooners recently routed the Oklahoma Christian Eagles 110-51, and are looking forward to stiff competition against Maryland.

Maryland is then back on the court Tuesday, November 13 to play Delaware State.