Terps Trounce Northern Iowa Panthers 91-37
#21 Ashleigh Newman defends along the 3 point line in the second half of Maryland's 91-37 win over Northern Iowa at Comcast Center in College Park MD on December 7, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - All 5 Terrapin starters scored in double figures, and Laura Harper and Marissa Coleman notched double-doubles during Maryland's 91-37 rout of Northern Iowa in the Comcast Center in College Park MD.  Freshman Kat Lyons received some court time at the point guard position and scored 6 points in 6 minutes.  Emery Wallace also got the nod late in the first half and came in to hit a free throw in the closing minutes.

Prior to gametime Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese presented game balls to Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver.  Toliver pierced the 1,000 point threshold during Monday's road loss to Rutgers, and Langhorne became the all time leading rebounder in Maryland team history.

Maryland came out of the gate swinging with a 13-0 run in the first 4 minutes of play that featured baskets by 4 of Maryland's 5 starters. Northern Iowa attempted to stop the onslaught with a 30 second timeout, but their plans failed to produce long running benefits. After outscoring Maryland 9-6 in the 3:36 following their timeout the Terps shifted into high gear and went on an 18-0 run that lasted 6:14. The Panther droubt ended with 5:37 remaining in the first half when Northern Iowa broke through the 10 point barrier to make the score 37-12 in favor of the Terrapins.
The Terps and Panthers played fairly evenly in the closing 5 minutes of the first half, with Maryland slightly edging out Northern Iowa 12-11.  The Terps headed to the locker rooms with a remarkable 48-22 lead having only committed 4 turnovers in the first half.  Maryland shot 19-33 from the field (57.6%) and scored 6 pointers.  Marah Strickland and Kristi Toliver combined for 3 from beyond the arc, and freshman Kat Lyons stretched her arms to knock down a pair.

"Loved to see the energy we played with tonight," remarked Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese.  The Terps soundly dominated the first half offensively and also out-rebounded the Panthers by a 19-9 margin.  "We really talked about coming in and having a presence defensively and being able to get on the glass and rebound," said Coach Frese.

Despite all of the positives in the first half Maryland managed to improve in the second.  The Terps pounded the boards in the second half by a 33-10 margin over the Panthers.  Maryland also outscored Northern Iowa 43-15 and garnered 9 assists to Northern Iowa's 3. Maryland's success in the assist category was heavily the responsibility of Kristi Toliver and Crystal Langhorne, who gave up shooting opportunities to help out their teammates.

We were "looking to be unselfish, looking to play for each other," said Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese.  It was "a fun game to be able to get a lot of looks.  13 days in 29 days ... it's nice to be able to spread some minutes around and play everybody."

Maryland opened up the second half with a 23-4 run that lasted the first 8:33 seconds.  Up 71-28 the Terps continued firing on all cylinders and extended their lead to a game high 55 points when they set the score at 86-31 with 5:08 remaining.  It was the largest lead for the Terps this season.

Coming down the stretch Maryland didn't let up on the defensive pressure and grabbed 8 rebounds to round out the game.  5 of the final 8 rebounds came from Marissa Coleman, who later remarked, "We just wanted to go out today and play as hard as we could with a lot of energy and emotion.  When we play with that much energy and emotion there aren't very many teams in the country that can compete with us."

Maryland wraps up it's 31 day 14 game stretch on Sunday with a match against Temple.  The Owls recently pounded Kent State 74-34 and will come to town on Sunday to take on the 13-1 Terrapins at 2pm.