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Terps women open NCAA tournament with 75-57 victory

Terps women open NCAA tournament with 75-57 victory

Maryland center Brionna Jones could only giggle at the comparison.

“Like PT boats attacking a battleship,” New Mexico State coach Mark Trakh said in describing the destruction the 6-foot-3 Jones inflicted on his shorter, slighter players as top-seeded Maryland won its NCAA tournament opener Saturday.

All season, the Terps have won by continually switching guises. As if to prove that versatility, they beat New Mexico State with a bruising inside attack in the first half and a barrage of jumpers in the second.

It added up to a 75-57 victory over the hard-nosed Aggies, who tried their best to harass Maryland (31-2) out of its usual patterns. A No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1...