Maryland Easily Thunders Past the Hurricanes, 90-50; Longhorne Scores Her 2,000th Point
Jade Perry, Marissa Coleman, and Laura Harper lift Terrapin senior Crystal Langhorne up on their shoulders. Langhorne became the first 2,000 point scorer in Maryland women's basketball history when she made a mid-range jumper 24 seconds into the first half of Maryland's 90-50 win over Miami at the Comcast Center in College Park MD on January 31, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box.
After a week where Terrapins were tested with a double-overtime win against Georgia Tech at home, and a loss against a tough North Carolina on the road, Maryland could take solace that they had a Miami team that’s near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In the end, they more than took advantage against Miami.

In a game which featured Maryland’s Crystal Longhorne reaching a milestone with her 2,000th point early on the game and Kristi Toliver’s 500th assist, Brenda Frese could rest easy as the Terrapins routed the Miami Hurricanes, 90-50 in a rout.

Very pregnant with twins, coach Frese can go through a lot of stress in the heat of the moment during a tight contest on the court; however, on Thursday, the levels were not nearly as high considering Maryland’s complete domination against Miami.

With the season coming into the home stretch, tonight’s win was a boon for the Maryland women as they won their 23rd game. The loss against North Carolina was in the rearview mirror as the Terrapins efficiently tore down Miami with tough defense and perfect execution throughout the night.
 
For those in attendance, the game seemed to be competitive for the first ten minutes of the affair; however, it became a complete laugher where the Terrapins dominated.

Well, after about ten minutes of the first half, it almost seemed that Maryland played in another gear and the Miami Hurricanes, more or less, went from a team that held their own against one of the top in nation, to one that seemed to lack the intensity of their foes.

Maryland coach Brenda Frese was extremely proud of her team’s effort after the game as she asserted, “it was just a tremendous team win tonight and I was extremely pleased with what we were able to do on the defensive end. To be able to hold a team like Miami with their athleticism and ability to shoot the basketball is spectacular --- It's great to watch a game come completely together, which is what we did tonight."

Crystal Langhorne flat out dominated the first half, as she had nearly half the team’s points and was the catalyst for a 16-4 run that helped the women accelerate past the Hurricanes.

In fact, one could say the Maryland women had their way with a Miami team that seemed completely overmatched in comparison.

The Terrapins were up 44-23 by the half and in the second half; thus, they opened the flood gates and never looked back.

Four Maryland women scored in double figures as Crystal Langhorne had 19 points to go with 8 rebounds, Marah Strickland had 14, Laura Harper had 13, and Marissa Coleman had 12 points with two blocks. Kristi Toliver had 10 assists to go with seven points.

Maurita Reid had 15 points for Miami and was the only one from her team to score in double figures.

Of course, the star of the night, the calm and cool leader of the Maryland team Crystal Langhorne put her accomplishment in perspective as she quipped about not her role, but the work of her teammates, “the amazing ability of my teammates to score the ball makes my job that much easier. It makes it a pleasure for me to go out there and play everyday."

Maryland’s next game has them on the road in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday against the Virginia Tech Hokies.