Wallace Returns to Lead Terps Past Towson With 98-50 Win
Maryland Assistant Coach Daron Park smiles as #33 Emery Wallace walks off the court. Emery scored a career high 18 points this evening after sitting out a year and a half from 3 knee surgeries. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps extended their winning streak to 6 games with a win over local foe Loyola this evening in Comcast Center. Maryland has now won 6 games in 9 days including matchups against #23 Notre Dame and #4 LSU during their march to become the 2007 Preseason WNIT Champions.

To overcome Loyola's fresh legs the Terps looked to the bench for support.  Emery Wallace answered the call in a big way and led the Terps in scoring with 3 three pointers, 3 field goals, and 3 free throws.  Her 18 points this evening sets a new career record for the RS Freshman Forward from Roanoke VA who has sat out the past 2 seasons to recover from 3 complicated knee surgeries.

"I'm very excited for Emery to get back in that kind of action and play the way she did for us tonight." said Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese.  "She's worked extremely hard for us in practice and I'm happy for her success."

Wallace's teammates were also exhilarated by her return and dished the ball to her as often as possible during her 16 minutes on the court. When she knocked down her 2nd 3 pointer in the second half the Maryland bench exploded in celebration over Wallace's comeback and ran out to midcourt to greet her when a media timeout was called.
 
Remarking on her team's support, Wallace said "It's a great feeling. I finally felt like I was in the zone.  I haven't been on the floor for a year and a half so it felt good to be back in that zone again. It's just awesome that my teammates wanted to give me the ball.  It felt good."

Maryland's bench also demonstrated their team spirit and unselfishness this evening.  Freshman guard Kat Lyons stepped in for the Terps and set up 8 assists and scored 6 points.  Drey Mingo and Ashleigh Newman were often the recipients of those passes, combining for 16 and 7 points respectively.

"This is really a special team and so much fun to be around," remarked Coach Frese with respect to the team's character.  "They care about each other and you can see that both on and off the floor.  They care about each other's success.  They want each other to do extremely well."

Drey Mingo repeated Coach Frese's thoughts by saying "As freshman we all came in and tried to come together and focus on making this the best season for our seniors.  We have really awesome seniors and we want them to go out with a national championship so we're willing to do whatever it takes to get them there."

Marah Strickland commented on the leadership and confidence the upperclassmen offer to the team: "Our upperclassmen help us out so much.  They help us feel comfortable when we're on the floor.  They tell us 'calm down, you got it.' and give us a pat on the back.  We just have great upperclassmen."

Maryland finished the game tonight shooting 59.4% from the field, 57.1% from beyond the arc and 90.9% from the free throw line.  The Terps scored 12 three pointers this evening off of buckets by Coleman, Strickland, Toliver, Lyons, and Mingo.

The Terps overpowered Loyola in almost every statistical category this evening, out hustling the Greyhounds 42-22 from within the paint and 16-0 on fast breaks.  Maryland also scored 16 points off turnovers and had 14 second chance points.

Maryland has little time to rest before their next matchup.  They board a charter plane tomorrow morning that will deliver them to the West Coast where they will face UC Santa Barbara on Friday, November 23, and UCLA on Sunday, November 25th.  The Terps then return to College Park to play Pittsburgh on November 27th at 7:00pm.