No. 5 Terps hit ACC-record 17 3-pointers in romp

COLLEGE PARK, MD (AP) -- The Maryland Terrapins started their game against UMBC with an onslaught of 3-pointers. They never stopped.

Marissa Coleman scored 18 points and No. 5 Maryland made an ACC-record 17 3-pointers in a 98-56 win against UMBC in the Terrapin Classic on Sunday.

The Terps, who made 60.7 percent of their 28 3-point attempts, eclipsed the previous ACC-record of 16, set by Wake Forest on Feb. 12, 2006. The old school-record was 12, a mark Maryland equaled in a win earlier this season against Notre Dame.

"I know this team likes to break a lot of records," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we were really unselfish with our ball movement, being able to get the ball inside, being able to get nice kicks out to our perimeter players, who were obviously ready to knock down a lot of shots."

Carlee Cassidy scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead UMBC (4-9), which lost its third consecutive game. Kristin Drabyn had 13 points for the Retrievers, who made 10 3-pointers of their own.

The victory completed the non-conference portion of the schedule for the Terrapins (16-1), the preseason favorite to win the ACC. The win was Maryland's 10th in a row in the Terrapin Classic, an event it hosts.

With only one starter listed at taller than 5-feet-10, UMBC played a zone, daring Maryland to beat it from the perimeter. The Terps obliged.

Kristi Toliver scored Maryland's first three buckets -- all of them 3-pointers -- starting a barrage that didn't end until nearly the final whistle. The Terps opened the first half making four consecutive 3-pointers and the second by making three in a row.

Five different Maryland players made 3-pointers, led by Coleman, who made six, and Toliver, who scored 15 of her 17 points from beyond the arc.

"My teammates were just finding me in open spots," Coleman said. "We had a great ball movement. I was getting in the opening areas and luckily knocking down my shots."

While Maryland's perimeter play was record-setting, its interior dominance was no less complete.

Laura Harper had 16 points and nine rebounds and Crystal Langhorne had 14 points and 10 rebounds, as the duo routinely scored on easy lay-ups and stick-backs.

Maryland outrebounded the overmatched Retrievers 44-11. Marah Strickland scored 12 points for Maryland.

"We will grow from tonight," said UMBC coach Phil Stern, who led his team to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. "You have to understand, there are four or five great teams in the country in women's basketball; they are one of them. Anybody else we play tonight, we are in the game."

UMBC had an early 6-3 lead after making consecutive 3-pointers but Maryland had first half runs of 18 and 21-0 en route to a 57-30 lead at the half.

The Terrapins open ACC play Thursday night at Wake Forest. UMBC begins America East competition Saturday against Maine.