Kizer energizes Terps in victory

The Baltimore Sun

ATLANTA - Lynetta Kizer can do so many things on the basketball court for the ninth-ranked Maryland women. In the first five minutes of the Terrapins' 87-79 victory at Georgia Tech last night, for instance, the 6-foot-4 freshman center scored off an offensive rebound, then spun past a defender for a layup, and later caught a pass while cutting to the basket and laid the ball in without breaking stride. She also blocked a shot and stole a pass.

But there's one thing Kizer really prides herself on doing for the Terps.

"If I can bring anything to the team, it's energy," Kizer said. "That's what I like to do."

Kizer finished with a career-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds (six offensive), five steals and three blocks. She helped the Terrapins (22-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) get off to a strong start in front of an announced 1,361 inside Alexander Memorial Coliseum as they won their sixth straight game. And she was her usual emotional self; after fighting hard for an offensive rebound and getting fouled in the second half, she turned toward Maryland's bench and screamed.

" 'Netta definitely brings a lot of energy to the team," said senior Marissa Coleman, who had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and made all 11 free throws she attempted. "She had a lot of big baskets today, and just the emotion she had after those, we definitely fed off it tonight, in times of the game when things weren't going our way."

Georgia Tech (18-8, 5-6) is not considered one of the ACC's power teams, but the Yellow Jackets have caused problems for the Terps in the past with their physical, pressing style.

Coming into the game, Coleman and senior Kristi Toliver (11 points) had won at least one game on the home court of every ACC team except for Georgia Tech's.

The Terrapins changed that by shooting 52.7 percent from the field and scoring more points against the Yellow Jackets - who have the ACC's stingiest defense - than any other team had this season.

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