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Maryland women hold off UMass, 67-63


COLLEGE PARK - Maryland freshman center Crystal Langhorne put on a dominating performance last night against Massachusetts. Langhorne nearly outscored the Minutewomen by herself in the first half and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

But No. 17 Maryland needed some key last-minute free throws from Shay Doron and Anesia Smith to hold off a late UMass run and escape with a 67-63 victory in the first round of the Terrapin Classic at Comcast Center.

Maryland (9-1) ended UMass' six-game winning streak, stretching its run to seven. The Terps will meet Marshall in the tournament championship tonight at 7. Marshall rolled to a 71-43 victory over Elon in last night's other game.

The Terps led most of the way and appeared in command when Doron's jumper gave them a 63-48 lead with 5:55 left. But UMass scored the next 12 points before Smith's free throw with 27 seconds left made it 64-60.

Maryland got a break as it retained possession after the intentional foul call that sent Smith to the line. Doron then made two free throws with 22.7 seconds left. Katie Nelson (McDonogh) cut the lead to 66-63 on a three-point shot before Doron added a clinching free throw with 6.3 seconds left.

"I was extremely disappointed in our second-half effort," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "[But] we did keep our poise and stepped up and made free throws when we needed to."

Langhorne helped put the Terps in position to win by scoring 21 first-half points and helping Maryland to a 37-23 halftime lead. She carried the inside game in Maryland's first contest since losing third-leading scorer Laura Harper to a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury earlier this week.

Most of Langhorne's first-half baskets came from inside 10 feet as the Maryland guards had little trouble finding her in the low post. She kept getting high-percentage shots or drawing fouls before UMass (6-4) slowed her with double teams in the second half.

"The guards were getting me the ball [early]," Langhorne said. "The second half, they kind of came in the paint a lot [more on defense]."

That's when Maryland turned to Doron, who scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half. She was the only other Terp to score in double figures.

UMass had four players with at least 10 points, led by Brooke Campbell (St. Frances) with 12 and Nelson with 11.

"Langhorne, she killed us in the first half, and Doron, she killed us in the second half," UMass coach Marnie Dacko said. "We came out and gave it our best shot."

MASSACHUSETTS - Campbell 6-7 0-1 12, Rosanio 4-9 1-2 10, Gulak 3-7 0-0 6, Nelson 4-9 0-0 11, T.Tatham 4-7 2-4 10, Govan 0-2 0-0 0, Massey 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey 4-8 0-0 8, A.Tatham 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 3-4 0-1 6, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 3-8 63. MARYLAND - Perry 2-3 1-2 5, Langhorne 10-13 6-12 26, Doron 6-17 4-6 18, France 2-11 1-2 5, Smith 0-3 1-2 1, Newman 3-12 3-4 9, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Noirez 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 24-62 17-30 67.

Halftime-Maryland, 37-23. 3-point goals-UMass 4-15 (Nelson 3-8, Rosanio 1-5, Gulak 0-2), Maryland 2-17 (Doron 2-10, France 0-2, Newman 0-5). Rebounds-UMass 34 (Campbell 8), Maryland 40 (Langhorne 10). Assists-UMass 16 (Nelson 5), Maryland 16 (Smith 6). Total fouls-UMass 21, Maryland 11. A-3,130.

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