UM women rout Del. St.

The Baltimore Sun

Even with a 27-point win, Maryland women's coach Brenda Frese was upset with her team's lack of consistency.

Marah Strickland scored 14 points and No. 3 Maryland rebounded from a stunning opening-game loss to beat Delaware State, 73-46, yesterday.

"We played well in spurts. The disappointing thing is that we lost a lot of effort and intensity in the second half," Frese said. "There are areas where we need to improve and we don't have a lot of time to fix and correct."

Marissa Coleman and freshman Lynetta Kizer added 13 points each as the Terps (1-1), bounced back from Friday's loss at Texas Christian. It was Maryland's first season-opening loss since 1998-99.

"I think it was just a learning experience," Kizer said. "From my point of view, it was the best thing to happen to us. We are starting early to see what our competition level is and where we need to grow from."

Transfer Demauria Liles added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first double double as a Terrapin.

"It's the best thing to take the taste out of our mouth, and to be able to go back and compete," Frese said of the win. "I think that's why I liked our competitiveness in the first half. But I don't like where the team is at now with their lack of competitiveness in the second half. That is something we're going to change and change quickly."

Delaware State (1-1) was a preseason pick to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference but was no match for one of the top programs in the country. The Hornets fell to 0-10 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Keyhana Wakefield led the Hornets with 15 points.

Maryland, which shot just 34.4 percent in the TCU loss, improved to 40.4 percent against the Hornets and was 29-for-39 from the free-throw line. The Terps also out-rebounded the Hornets 49-21.

SOUTH FLORIDA 94, LOYOLA 46: : Six players scored in double figures for the Bulls, who scored 43 points off turnovers as they defeated the visiting Greyhounds in the championship game of the USF Shootout at the Sun Dome. Loyola (1-1) committed 35 turnovers, as South Florida (2-0) had 20 steals.

Loyola started the game by setting the tempo, controlling the half-court offense and limiting turnovers. After each team only had one field goal to show after the first four minutes, South Florida started to make its run.


NIAGARA 79, TOWSON 62: : Tyrone Lewis scored 20 points to lead the host Purple Eagles (1-0) past the Tigers (1-1) in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

The 5-foot-11 junior guard added a career-high and tournament-record eight blocked shots. Rob Garrison had 14 points and a game-high seven assists for Niagara (1-0).

Towson was led by Troy Franklin's 19 points. Brian Morris added 15 points.

Towson was without Junior Hairston, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season. He and Rick Brown were suspended for violations of team rules.

BOWIE STATE 77, COLUMBIA UNION 55: : Cassin Diggs scored 17 points as the host Bulldogs (2-0) won their Bulldog Classic.

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