No. 1 Maryland Beats MU Women 68-49

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four Maryland double-digit scorers and a vigorous rebounding game were more than enough to get the No. 1-ranked Terrapins past the Marshall women's basketball team 68-49 on Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center. All-American center Crystal Langhorne tallied her fifth double-double of the season with game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (10).

Langhorne, a junior, was nearly flawless in the game with a 7-for-9 mark from the floor in only 23 minutes. She was joined in double-digits by Marissa Coleman (13), Kristi Toliver (12) and Shay Doron (12). Coleman and Jade Perry added nine rebounds apiece for the defending national champions.

The Herd trailed at the outset as Maryland jumped out to a 13-4 lead five minutes into the contest. The Terps' athleticism and ball movement were evidently quicker than any of Marshall's previous opponents this season, leaving the Herd looking for early answers.

KaShawna Curry collided with Maryland's Shay Doron in the first half of the Terps' 68-49 win over Marshall Wednesday evening in Huntington. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Strong defense by Marshall allowed the Herd to stay within striking defense while its offense tried to find their range. The Terrapins (8-0) had a 53-37 advantage on the boards, with 21 offensive rebounds. Maryland was the first ever No. 1 team in any sport to play against the Herd in Huntington. Down 28-11 at the 4:28 mark, its biggest first-half deficit, Marshall finally found its scoring touch by going on an 11-2 run to close to within eight. Meg Withrow and Alyssa Hammond fueled the run with five and four points, respectively.

A Tolliver 3-pointer with 51 seconds left put Maryland up 11 points, 33-22, at intermission. The second half was more of the same as the Terps ruled the paint. Maryland opened the frame 16-6 spurt that left Marshall down 21 points. The severely effective Terp inside-out game was in high gear in the second stanza, with Langhorne scoring 11 second-half points in only nine minutes.

Marshall's Meg Withrow drove past Maryland's Laura Harper in the first half of the Terps' 68-49 win in Huntington on Wednesday evening. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

"It was just a tremendous atmosphere," Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said of the crowd of 4,153. "I thought Marshall did a great job dictating the turnovers they forced on us. It was a great game and both teams really played hard and competed for 40 minutes." Marshall did have its chances to stay close to Maryland, but missed layups and a horrible day at the free-throw line were too much to overcome. The Herd went a dismal 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) from the charity stripe. Marshall forced 21 Terrapin turnovers while only committing 13 of its own, but a 30.6 percent shooting day with a 7-0 deficit in 3-pointers kept the Herd at bay.

Withrow led Marshall with 11 points with four assists and two steals. Center Modupe Ishola netted seven points with nine rebounds. "We're better rebounders than we showed tonight," Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We had our opportunities; we just didn't get it done. If you get a look against Maryland, you better make it. We played good solid defense. We were always there. They attacked all night and we were there, but with their team it's pick you poison."

Marshall will play the second of its three-game homestand on Saturday in the Conference USA season-opener versus Houston. Tip-off for" Jam the Cam VI" is at 2 p.m.

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