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Terps women roll after half

COLLEGE PARK — COLLEGE PARK -- Jade Perry spent most of last night battling a cold.

Maryland wasn't too hot, either, hitting only a quarter of its shots in the first half against Manhattan.

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But no matter how Perry felt inside, her game didn't suffer. And whatever bug was hampering Maryland's shooting touch in the first half stayed in the locker room at halftime.

Perry finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping the No. 6 Maryland women's basketball team to its ninth consecutive victory, 82-49, at Comcast Center. It is Maryland's longest winning streak since the 1996-97 season.

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"The flow and the rhythm just weren't there in the first half," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "I'm glad that we got that out of our system tonight."

Maryland (13-1) had more turnovers (11) than baskets at halftime, missing 21 of its 28 shots. Leading by as few as five late in the half, the Terps needed all 16 of their free throws to create what little breathing room they had.

But as expected, Maryland finished the game like a team deserving of its national ranking. Despite shooting a season-low 36.2 percent, Maryland forced 24 Manhattan turnovers and hit all but two of its 35 free throws.

Marissa Coleman (12 points) scored twice during an 11-5 run in the first three minutes after halftime. Laura Harper scored six points during an 8-0 run soon after that helped doom Manhattan (4-7).

Perry, who had four points and four rebounds the first two minutes, overcame early fatigue to punish Manhattan in the second half, especially when it double-teamed Crystal Langhorne (nine points, nine rebounds).

"Those early shots were definitely a confidence booster," Perry said. "I felt that my shot was coming back."

Maryland's depth took over after halftime, as five players finished in double figures, including Shay Doron (16) and Ashleigh Newman (14), who hit four of seven three-pointers.

"We knew that we would come back out in the second half and pick up everything," Newman said. "We couldn't come out and shoot another low percentage."

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With form regained, the only drama, it seemed, was whether Maryland would miss a second-half free throw. The Terps made all 17 of their foul shots in the second half.

The win was the last tuneup for Maryland before it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play Thursday at Boston College.

"I think we've made a statement with every game we've played," Frese said. "It will be easy to get them prepared and motivated for the first conference game."

NOTE -- Guard Kristi Toliver had two points in 15 minutes in her first action since Dec. 11. She had missed five of the previous six games with a lower right leg injury.

MANHATTAN-Flood 2-8 0-0 5, Regan 0-5 0-0 0, Nwafili 3-8 2-2 9, Cottrell 3-9 0-0 9, Godinez 2-4 0-0 4, McIntyre 1-5 0-0 2, Bernal-Silva 0-0 0-0 0, Alston 5-9 3-7 13, Dellinger 2-4 0-0 5, LePinnet 0-1 0-0 0, Dew 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-57 5-9 49.

MARYLAND-Coleman 4-6 3-4 12, Perry 5-9 7-7 17, Langhorne 2-4 5-6 9, Newman 4-15 2-2 14, Doron 4-11 6-6 16, Harper 2-6 8-8 12, Toliver 0-5 2-2 2, Carr 0-2 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Noirez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 33-35 82.

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Halftime-Maryland 33-24. 3-point goals-Manhattan 6-17 (Cottrell 3-7, Nwafili 1-1, Dellinger 1-1, Flood 1-2, Godinez 0-1, Dew 0-1, McIntyre 0-4), Maryland 7-13 (Newman 4-7, Doron 2-2, Coleman 1-1, Toliver 0-3). Fouled out-Alston. Rebounds-Manhattan 31 (Nwafili 6), Maryland 48 (Perry 10). Assists-Manhattan 16 (Godinez 5), Maryland 14 (Doron 5). Total fouls-Manhattan 26, Maryland 16. A-2,208.


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