Maryland Powers Past Delaware, 91-43
#25 Marissa Coleman became the 23rd women's basketball player in Maryland history to score 1,000 points in her career. Her bucket (this photo) came in the first half of Maryland's 91-43 win over Delaware in the Second Round of the Preseason WNIT held in College Park MD on November 13, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With 2:07 remaining in the first half Terrapin Marissa Coleman became the 23rd women's basketball player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career when she dropped in a layup that gave the Terps a 39-18 (21 point) lead in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Coleman scored another 4 buckets, giving her 16 points this evening in a blowout over regional challenger Delaware.  Coleman also came away with 3 steals and 3 rebounds this evening in her 23 minutes of play. Despite her historic performance, Coleman remained humble after her achievement: "It's a great feeling and a great accomplishment, but I'm more excited about how we played tonight."

The Terrapin rebounding presence was overwhelming, and the Terrapins came down with 57 boards, the most since they played Sacred Heart in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament last year.

Senior Jade Perry continued to be a force under the basket as she snatched 7 offensive rebounds and captured 8 rebounds under the Delaware hoop.  Perry's 15 rebounds ties her personal career high set back in 2005 when the Terps faced Appalachian State. 

Perry was also a formidable presence on the scoring side of the equation.  She knocked down 3 field goals and went 5-6 at the stripe, giving her 11 points this evening.  Perry's double-double is her second of season and in the preseason WNIT.

Kristi Toliver led the way for the Terps in the scoring department this evening, connecting on 4 of 6 three point shots, sinking 5 field goals, and shooting a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.  Her 19 points this evening is a season-best for the Junior guard from Harrisonburg, VA.

For the second game in a row Toliver has sent the Terps into the locker room riding and emotional tidal wave formed from a deep 3 point shot at the buzzer.  Toliver's shot with 12 seconds remaining in the first half lifted the Terps to a 25 point lead (the highest of the first half) and a score of 46-21.

The Maryland bench offered strong support this evening.  Christie Marrone, Kat Lyons, Ashleigh Newman, Drey Mingo, and Emery Wallace combined for 11 points in the first half and 21 points in the second half.  The entire team scored, marking a first for Maryland this season.

Included in the bench scorers are redshirt freshman Emery Wallace and redshirt junior Christie Marrone.  Wallace and Marrone entered with 4 minutes remaining in the game and combined to score 2 and 3 points respectively.  Marrone had to sit out during last year's post season due to a stress fracture in her foot and Wallace was out the entire 2006-2007 season due to a knee injury she suffered during the preseason that required surgery and rehabilitation.

Marrone and Wallace's return to scoring sparked applause and celebration from the Maryland faithful and lifted the entire Maryland bench to their feet.  Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese was pleased with their performance: "I'm so happy for their success.  To be able to come in and give us another momentum boost.  It seemed like every player we put in tonight brought energy and brought something to the table.  That is going to continue to allow us to be successful as a team."

Junior forward Marissa Coleman was also happy to see the two return: "They're great teammates.  They don't get to play as many minutes as the rest of us, but they never complain about it.  They're always cheering us on.  It's fun when they get their opportunity and their time to shine."

Maryland's performance this evening was top-notch, and Coach Frese had difficulty identifying any weaknesses in the team.  "A dominating performance tonight from start to finish.  I'm very proud of our team. We challenged them at half time to want to play a 40 minute complete game, and we did that.", said the coach.  "The coolest part of it all is ... you can do some special things as a team when you care about each other's success more than your own."

"With all these weapons that we have on the team and no egos ... it's a tremendous thing."

The Terrapins have now played 3 games in 5 days and only have 2 days off before the #23 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame face the Terps in the next round of the Preseason WNIT.  The location is still TBA, but the jumpball will be tossed at 7pm on Friday, November 16, 2007.