Hitting the right notes

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Fans of American Idol will appreciate the night Maryland freshman Marah Strickland had in the No. 4 Terps' 78-51 win over Boston College last night.

Strickland (Towson Catholic) did a Simon Cowell imitation during the game, torching the Eagles for a career-high 20 points on 5-for-5 shooting from three-point range.

Afterward, Strickland got in touch with her inner Paula Abdul in critiquing the singing style of BC sophomore guard Ayla Brown, who performed the national anthem before the game. Brown finished 13th overall two years ago as an Idol contestant.

"I would do an accent [to mimic the tart-tongued Cowell], but that would be really bad," Strickland joked. "I thought she had a beautiful voice. I was really impressed. It was just really interesting to see how multifaceted she is. A few of the notes were really sharp."

Brown's notes were certainly not as sharp as the Terps' overall play, as they won their fourth straight and their 16th in the past 17 contests, heading into Sunday's showdown at Duke.

Maryland (26-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit eight of its first 11 shots from the field, then coasted on offense, shooting 47 percent for the game, while committing only 13 turnovers.

"The ball was just moving so well, and everybody was being so unselfish," said Strickland, who leads the ACC in three-point shooting at 44 percent.

Defensively, the Terps, who were not whistled for a foul in the second half, did a fine job on Boston College (17-8, 5-5), especially on Eagles 6-foot-6 freshman center Carolyn Swords, holding her to 10 points, 18 fewer than the career-high 28 she had in the teams' January meeting.

"I'm proud of the fact that we challenged the team at halftime, in terms of a defensive goal and seeing the ownership that we had defensively [last night] and sticking to it," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

The Terps got impressive play from their bench, particularly senior guard Ashleigh Newman, who seemed to emerge from a nearly two-month shooting slump by scoring 15 points.

Newman, who had missed 16 straight three-pointers dating to the James Madison game before Christmas, shot 3-for-6 from three-point range last night, making one as the shot clock expired midway through the second half.

Senior center Laura Harper became Maryland's all-time blocked shots leader three minutes into the game, when she rejected Brittany Johnson's layup attempt. The block gave Harper 187 for her career, moving her past Kris Kirchner, who accumulated 186 in three seasons.

milton.kent@baltsun.com

BOSTON COLLEGE--Murphy 4-7 2-3 10, Swords 5-10 0-0 10, Brown 0-2 1-2 1, Thoman 1-3 0-0 3, Johnson 2-5 1-2 5, Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Pratt 4-7 0-0 8, Kentish 0-0 0-0 0, Rusin 3-6 1-1 8, Picco 1-4 0-0 2, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Miles 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-52 5-8 51. MARYLAND--Harper 3-7 7-9 13, Coleman 3-6 0-0 6, Langhorne 2-3 0-0 4, Strickland 6-8 3-3 20, Toliver 4-10 2-3 12, Lyons 0-2 0-0 0, Newman 6-12 0-0 15, Mingo 3-6 0-1 7, Wallace 0-0 1-2 1, Perry 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 13-18 78. Half--Maryland 45-28. 3-point goals--Boston College 2-16 (Thoman 1-1, Rusin 1-3, Brown 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Miles 0-1, Murphy 0-1, Jones 0-2, Pratt 0-3, Picco 0-3), Maryland 11-22 (Strickland 5-5, Newman 3-6, Toliver 2-6, Mingo 1-1, Lyons 0-2, Coleman 0-2). Rebounds--Boston College 30 (Swords 8), Maryland 32 (Harper 10). Assists--Boston College 15 (Jones, Miles, Swords 3), Maryland 20 (Coleman 7). Total fouls--Boston College 17, Maryland 7. A--6,724.

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