Sooners can't catch Terrapins

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - For the first few minutes of Maryland's showdown with Oklahoma, it looked like the women's basketball fans here were in for a great game.

But the only ones feeling good when it was over were the Terrapins. No. 4 Maryland went on a 30-9 run over the final four minutes of first half and never looked back on the way to a 76-66 win against the sixth-ranked Sooners.

The final score might have seemed close, but make no mistake: This game was a blowout.

"We had a lot of fun tonight," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I loved the poise and energy we came out with."

Much was made of the matchup between OU's Courtney Paris and Maryland's Crystal Langhorne, and that matchup certainly didn't live up the hype.

In the first half, the pair combined for just five points.

Paris struggled mightily against the Terps' inside players but scored a bucket at the 2:53 mark that put her point total at 11 and ensured her streak of double-doubles, which now sits at 62 consecutive games, would live another day.

Langhorne shot 1 for 7 and had just two points and four rebounds in 26 minutes.

It was some less likely suspects who stole the spotlight.

Maryland's Marissa Coleman led everyone with 20 points, but she also did a little bit of everything, grabbing 12 boards, dishing five assists and even making three steals.

And six of her rebounds came at the offensive end.

"Marissa did a tremendous job tonight," Frese said. "When she's in attack mode, it makes it so much better for us. Her versatility allows us to put her on the floor and leave her out there for a lot of minutes."

For Oklahoma, it was Courtney Paris' twin sister, Ashley, who led the way with a career-high 17 points.

"She really kept us in the game the first five minutes," OU coach Sherri Coale said.

But OU's starting backcourt shot a combined 5 for 19 from the floor.

Coale said that she expected her team to take a bit of a shot from the Terrapins but to then bounce back. Thanks to the weapons Maryland has, though, it was hard to play catch-up.

"If we had another three, four minutes," Coale said, "who knows?"

PLAYER OF THE GAME: With Langhorne possibly still feeling the effects of injury, Marissa Coleman more than filled the void, shooting 9 for 17 on the way to a game-high 20 points to go with 12 rebounds.

PLAY OF THE GAME: If Oklahoma needed any proof that everyone on Maryland's squad is dangerous, they got it when Jade Perry, who is a hefty post presence, decided to show off her jump-shooting skills in the first half. The shot she buried was nearly a three, and it put the Terps up for good just 10 minutes into the game.

NEXT UP FOR MARYLAND: Delaware or Delaware St. (Preseason WNIT), Nov. 13
NEXT UP FOR OKLAHOMA: Tennessee, Nov. 15

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