Terps By 10 At The Half

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After one half of action, this game is pretty much everything you would have expected.

Epiphanny Prince hit a shot at the buzzer into halftime. OK, it was after the buzzer and didn't count. Pretty much sums up the first half for the Scarlet Knights, who trail No. 3 Maryland 33-23 after one.

The Scarlet Knights' defense is devastating, but they seem to be a step behind the Terps' offense, which is one of the best and most efficient in the nation - if not the best.

The Terps can be prone to turnovers, yes, but when their offense clicks it is a wonderful thing to watch.

The Terps used speed and the transition game to run away at the end of the first half and grab that double-digit lead. The All-American Crystal Langhorne led the scoring with eight points, followed by Kristi Toliver, Marissa Coleman and Jade Perry - who was huge off the bench - with six.

A frenetic pace at times, the game is too fast for Rutgers' liking. They need to slow the Terps down and when they do, they look a lot more in their element. But slowing down the Terps - yes, I see the irony in that - is no easy task. These girls can run in transition.

And if Langhorne is back and completely healthy, that is a scary prospect for the rest of the country. There isn't a team in the nation who can run with the Terps when they are on.

For the Scarlet Knights, they are led by their leading scorer, the sophomore Prince, who has seven and hit a big three near the end of the half. Essence Carson and Matee Ajavon, the senior leaders, have six points apiece.

Special Halftime Presentation:
N.C. State coach Kay Yow accepted a giant check in the sum of $10,000 made out to The V Foundation and handed out by Rutgers University. An excellent gesture made by New Jersey's State University in the fight on Cancer.

Yow is up and around on her feet and is making her rounds giving hugs and shaking hands to people associated with Rutgers, Maryland and anyone else who wants to come down to show the coach who is suffering with end-stage Cancer some love.

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