Langhorne hits books


COLLEGE PARK -- Crystal Langhorne looked up at the giant scoreboard above the court at Comcast Center and was shocked to see her face plastered on the video screen.

The reason why was even more stunning. In the midst of the No. 4 Maryland women's basketball team's 89-63 thrashing of Clemson, the sophomore center had scored 1,000 career points in fewer games than anyone else in the program's history.

"[Sophomore forward] Jade [Perry] was like, 'Congratulations!' and I was like, 'What are you talking about?' " Langhorne recalled. "I didn't know."

With 12:56 left in the first half, Langhorne's layup off a pass from sophomore forward Laura Harper helped Langhorne reach 1,000 career points in 60 games. That pace shattered the previous record of 64 games set by teammate Shay Doron earlier this season.

Terps coach Brenda Frese said she deliberately withheld the information from Langhorne.

"I never want to tell a player when they're getting close to anything because sometimes they start pressing and start thinking about it," Frese said. "I wanted it to be a nice surprise. Surprises are good."

Langhorne, who recorded her 23rd double double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds and also had five assists, was nonchalant about her accomplishment.

"That really doesn't matter," said Langhorne, who received a commemorative basketball and was applauded after the game by many of the 4,954 who stayed. "We're winning games right now and we're fourth in the nation. That's what concerns me."

Her achievement punctuated Maryland's 25th overall victory in 28 games and 12th win in 14 Atlantic Coast Conference games.

The Terps' league victories are the most since the 1991-92 season, and the team's second-place finish in the conference is the program's best since the 1992-93 campaign.

They also set a school record with their 14th win at home.

Maryland, which locked up a seed no worse than third and a first-round bye in the ACC tournament, scheduled for next weekend, could grab the No. 2 seed if Duke (25-1 overall and 12-1 in the league) defeats North Carolina (25-1, 12-1) tomorrow afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Terps put away Clemson (8-19, 2-11) early last night. Maryland opened the game with 11 unanswered points, and, after the Tigers trimmed the score to 29-22, the Terps finished the first half with a 15-7 run, never letting their lead slip below 10 in the second period.

Every player on the Maryland team scored, with freshman forward Marissa Coleman leading the way with 20 on 7-for-14 shooting, including connecting on her first five three-point attempts in the first half.

"I was just getting a lot of open looks, and my shots were falling," she said. "I honestly didn't think all of them were going to go in, but I just kept shooting."

Clemson coach Cristy McKinney criticized her team's defense, particularly against Coleman. "We're just such an unaware basketball team," said McKinney, whose Tigers have lost nine straight.

"We knew she was a good three-point shooter, and we just weren't aware of her. To not be aware of a player as good as her is scary."

CLEMSON-White 2-7 3-4 8, Lloyd 5-18 1-1 12, Frist 7-14 2-2 16, Taylor 4-10 0-1 8, Yenser 4-7 1-2 11, Talley 1-1 0-0 3, Allen 0-3 1-5 1, Whitehurst 0-2 0-0 0, Bradshaw 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 25-67 8-15 63. MARYLAND-Coleman 7-14 1-2 20, Perry 6-9 2-2 14, Langhorne 6-8 4-5 16, Toliver 6-11 0-0 14, Doron 4-13 0-0 8, Harper 0-0 1-4 1, Newman 1-8 2-2 4, Carr 0-3 2-4 2, Ross 1-2 0-1 2, Noirez 4-8 0-0 8. Totals 35-76 12-20 89. Half-Maryland 44-29. 3-point goals-Clemson 5-13 (Yenser 2-5, Talley 1-1, Lloyd 1-2, White 1-3, Whitehurst 0-2), Maryland 7-17 (Coleman 5-7, Toliver 2-4, Newman 0-2, Doron 0-4). Fouled out-Lloyd, Taylor. Rebounds-Clemson 44 (Frist, Lloyd 6), Maryland 48 (Langhorne, Noirez 10). Assists-Clemson 15 (Taylor 5), Maryland 22 (Doron, Langhorne 5). Total fouls-Clemson 18, Maryland 18. A-4,954.

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