At this time a year ago, Maryland forward Lynetta Kizer was a fun-loving freshman who could rely on her older, more experienced teammates when things weren't going well. Now she's the veteran, and the one who's charged with showing the Terrapins' five freshmen how to survive.
It's not always easy. In Maryland's 63-43 victory over New Hampshire at Comcast Center on Monday night, Kizer's shot wasn't falling: She was just 3-for-14 from the field for 11 points. But she attacked the glass (eight rebounds) and was active on defense (career-high six steals).
In many ways, her performance was typical of the team's: The Terrapins (2-0) shot just 27.8 percent from the field, but they held a 58-42 rebounding edge and scored 23 second-chance points. They forced 21 turnovers by the Wildcats (1-1), who shot only 25.8 percent.
"I think last year I was less mature than I am this year," Kizer said. "Having five freshmen watching your every move, you've got to make sure you're smart with it, and show them that there are other ways to build back around your game if the shots aren't falling."
Freshmen Diandra Tchatchouang (17 points, seven rebounds) and Dara Taylor (10 points, five assists) were the only Terrapins who shot 50 percent or better from the field. Freshman Tianna Hawkins grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds, including nine offensive.
"Obviously it wasn't a pretty game statistically," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose team hosts Old Dominion on Thursday. "With the adversity in the first half - not being able to buy a basket - I thought in the second half we were able to really rely on our defense and our offensive rebounding. It says a lot about this team, in regards to finding a way to grind out a win. ... Some nights are going to be like that."
Kizer, who made 10 of 12 shots in scoring a career-high 23 points in the season opener, struggled on the offensive end. During the first half, she missed eight of the nine shots she attempted, including three of four layup attempts on one possession alone. Maryland didn't record a field goal over the final 9 minutes, 17 seconds of the half and went into the break with a 26-20 lead and a shooting percentage of .194.
Tchatchouang, 6 feet 3, scored seven of Maryland's first 12 points of the second half, showing her versatility by making a 3-pointer from the left side and then scoring off a rebound while getting fouled. The Terrapins opened a 10-point lead that grew from there.
OLD DOMINION @MARYLAND
Thursday, 7 p.m.