COLLEGE PARK -- The opponent's colors weren't blue and white, the venue wasn't Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the name on the jersey wasn't Duke.
Yet that hardly seemed to matter to the No. 4 Maryland women's basketball team, which took out its frustrations from Monday's 10-point loss to the No. 1 Blue Devils by thumping No. 18 Boston College, 86-59, last night before 5,250 at Comcast Center.
The Terps (23-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) are enjoying their most successful season since the 1991-92 squad went 25-6. They also handed the Eagles (19-7, 6-5) their worst loss in nearly four years.
"I thought it was by far our most complete game," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose team clinched no worse than the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. "We were disappointed in our second half against Duke with our defense and rebounding. ... I thought we just did a tremendous job of coming out ready to play [last night]."
Said freshman forward Marissa Coleman: "We knew that we were going to come out and try to make a statement. We gained a lot of confidence from our last game. We just came out and tried to play hard and keep our focus throughout the game."
Any concerns of a letdown after the Terps squandered an eight-point halftime lead against Duke to drop their 14th consecutive meeting with the Blue Devils were quickly erased. Maryland opened each half with respective runs of 11-0 and 13-0, and the Terps never let their advantage slip below eight.
Leading the way was junior guard Shay Doron, who scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting, including 4-for-9 from three-point range.
"My shot was going in," said Doron, who scored nine points on 2-for-12 shooting vs. Duke. "Nothing was different. I shot the same shots, and I stayed confident."
The Eagles, who entered with a seven-game winning streak, had been surrendering just 55.4 points a game as the conference's stingiest defense, had out-rebounded their opponents by nine per game, and hadn't allowed an opposing team to convert 50 percent of its field-goal attempts.
But Maryland shot 50.8 percent (32-for-63) from the field and out-rebounded Boston College, 48-30. The Terps' 86 points were the most allowed by the Eagles this season.
"I think rebounding helped us a lot," sophomore center Crystal Langhorne (16 points) said of the team's output. "We had a lot of second-chance points [28-15 in Maryland's favor] and we were just pushing the ball up a lot."
The last time the Terps and Boston College met Maryland needed overtime to win, 67-64, in the conference opener for both teams Jan. 5.
Eagles coach Cathy Inglese said the Terps squad she saw last night was not drastically different from the one she saw almost two months ago.
"You can tell that they gained some confidence with the North Carolina game," Inglese said of Maryland's 98-95 overtime upset of the then-No. 1 Tar Heels last week. "But our defense is what keeps us in games. We just got out of rhythm from the start and couldn't get back in."
BOSTON COLLEGE-Queenan 3-10 3-4 10, Ress 5-10 0-0 10, Marshall 0-5 2-2 2, Dorsey 2-10 0-0 6, Parham 7-18 1-2 15, Lokitis 5-8 0-0 10, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Macchia 0-2 6-7 6. Totals 22-64 12-15 59. MARYLAND-Harper 7-8 0-2 14, Coleman 2-7 4-4 8, Langhorne 6-8 4-5 16, Toliver 2-8 6-6 10, Doron 9-16 0-0 22, Newman 3-8 1-2 8, Carr 1-2 0-0 2, Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Noirez 1-1 0-0 2, Perry 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 32-63 17-21 86. Halftime-Maryland 42-23. 3-point goals-BC 3-13 (Dorsey 2-6, Queenan 1-2, Parham 0-2, Lokitis 0-3), Maryland 5-17 (Doron 4-9, Newman 1-4, Coleman 0-1, Toliver 0-3). Fouled out-Macchia. Rebounds-BC 30 (Ress 10), Maryland 48 (Coleman 15). Assists-BC 13 (Marshall 7), Maryland 16 (Toliver 7). Total fouls-BC 21, Maryland 17. A-5,250.