Women's Exhibition: MD 107, Team Evolution 37
A handful of moments in Maryland's 107-37 exhibition victory against an overmatched Team Evolution tonight illustrated the athleticism of junior forward Demauria Liles, but the best one didn't even come during the run of play. Midway through the second half, senior Marissa Coleman made a three-pointer and the net got caught up on the rim. When the action moved to the other end of the court, Liles calmly got off the bench, casually trotted over to the basket, jumped and pulled the net back down. Her teammates applauded.
The 6-foot-1 Liles, an All-Met from Riverdale Baptist, started alongside the more physical Lynetta Kizer, and Coach Brenda Frese was happy with the way the two newcomers complemented each other.
Kizer finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, and teamed up with senior Kristi Toliver (19 points, 10 assists) for one of the highlights of the game: the 5-foot-7 Toliver jumped high to corral a defensive rebound, took two hard dribbles and fired a long pass to the hard-running center, who caught the ball and laid it in to give Maryland a 65-22 advantage.
Liles—who said, "All I do is run the floor and jump"—scored her first six points in transition, sparked by her own steals. During one 20-second span in the first half, she stole two passes on the perimeter and quickly went the other way for easy lay-ups. She finished with 15 points and added 11 rebounds.
"I've been joking with Dee, she's been stealing some of my rebounds. I don't know if I'll be able to get as many double-doubles as I used to," said Coleman, who came up just short of a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds. "She definitely can finish. Having a post that athletic is going to create match-up problems come ACC play."
Third-ranked Maryland opens its season at TCU on Friday, Nov. 14, and then hosts Delaware State on Sunday, Nov. 16.
Here's the Maryland half of the boxscore:
Team totals: 41-79, 51.9 FG%; 8-22, 36.4 3-pt. FG%; 17-26, 65.4 FT%
Demauria Liles: 21 min, 7-13 FG (0-0 3pt), 1-2 FT, 15 pts, 11 rebs, 3 blks, 3 stls
Marissa Coleman: 24 min, 6-12 FG (2-5 3pt), 3-4 FT, 17 pts, 8 rebs, 2 asts, 2 blks
Lynetta Kizer: 21 min, 6-8 FG (0-0 3pt), 2-5 FT, 14 pts, 3 stls
Marah Strickland: 28 min, 5-12 FG (2-5 3pt), 4-4 FT, 16 pts, 2 rebs
Kristi Toliver: 24 min, 8-12 FG (3-5 3pt), 0-0 FT, 19 pts, 10 asts
Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood: 21 min, 2-6 FG (0-4 3pt), 0-0 FT, 4 pts, 2 asts, 2 stls
Anjale Barrett: 23 min, 2-6 FG (1-2 3pt), 0-0 FT, 5 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts
Yemi Oyefuwa: 18 min, 4-5 FG (0-0 3pt), 2-4 FT, 10 pts, 7 rebs
Drey Mingo: 20 min, 1-5 FG (0-1 3pt), 5-7 FT, 7 pts, 10 rebs
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