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Maryland Runs Past Notre Dame 75-59
Tulyah Gaines and the Irish committed a school-record low three turnovers
 
Tulyah Gaines and the Irish committed a school-record low three turnovers

Nov. 16, 2007

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- With Laura Harper and Kristi Toliver leading the way, No. 3 Maryland used a dazzling display of inside-outside basketball to advance to the championship game of the Preseason WNIT.

Harper had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Toliver made five of the Terrapins' school-record tying 12 3-pointers, and Maryland breezed past No. 23 Notre Dame 75-59 Friday night.

Maryland (4-0) will play fourth-ranked LSU on Sunday for the title.

Toliver scored 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting, had seven assists and also grabbed a two rebounds.

"She's an All-American candidate for sure, and certainly one of the best point guards in the country," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said of Toliver. "We could not contain her or guard her in any way. It didn't matter what we did, she was going to score. She was the obvious difference in the game."

Playing without standout center Crystal Langhorne, who's out with a sprained ankle, the Terrapins spread out Notre Dame's defense with a barrage of shots from the outside. Toliver went 5-for-7, Marissa Coleman made four of seven from beyond the arc and freshman Marah Strickland was 2-for-4.

Harper, meanwhile, made up for Strickland's absence with her 12th career double-double, and Coleman and Jade Perry each had eight rebounds to help Maryland control the boards, 46-35.

"It's accurate to say we have something going from the outside and the inside," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "I think we understand as a team, on any given night if they try to shut down someone, someone else is going to step up. With the chemistry we have on this team, we're having a lot of fun."

The 12 treys (on 20 attempts) tied the Maryland record set on Dec. 21, 2006, against UNC-Greensboro.

Charel Allen led Notre Dame (2-1) with 16 points. The Fighting Irish committed a school-record low three turnovers, but missed a whopping 48 shots from the field and went 1-for-12 from 3-point range.

 

 

"We haven't played this caliber team before. This is our first road game, too, and I think this game shows where we stand and how much work we need to do," said Notre Dame guard Lindsay Schrader, who had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Up by six at halftime, Maryland got 3-pointers from Coleman and Strickland in an 8-2 run at the outset of the second half for a 46-34 lead. It was 50-41 before Coleman hit a 3 and Harper made two layups in a 9-2 spree that put the Terrapins ahead by 16 with 14:42 left.

"We took good care of the ball, did a lot of things we wanted to do, but have to be better defensively," McGraw said.

Both teams were extremely sharp in an entertaining and competitive first half that ended with the Terrapins up 38-32.

The Irish committed only one turnover in the opening 20 minutes. Maryland had seven, but made up for it by going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.

After Maryland scored the game's first five points, Notre Dame went on a 10-0 run. Maryland responded with eight straight points, but the Irish regained the lead before Coleman hit a 3-pointer and Harper added five successive points for a 29-24 advantage.

The Terrapins never trailed after that.

Event Calendar

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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