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Women's Exhibition: MD 83, DT III 72

Senior All-American candidates Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman are known quantities for the third-ranked Maryland women's basketball team. Today's exhibition game against DT III—which the Terrapins won, 83-72, in front of 1,568 at Comcast Center—was more about the young players that will be surrounding them.

Freshman guard Anjale Barrett, who redshirted last season with a knee injury, looked comfortable running the point and had two assists to go along with three points. Junior forward Demauria Liles, the national junior college player of the year last season, scored six of her eight points in the final four minutes as the Terrapins pulled away, and had eight rebounds.

And freshman center Lynetta Kizer, the preseason ACC rookie of the year, had 13 points and 12 rebounds, including six at the offensive end. The Terrapins are hoping that Kizer can help fill the void left by Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper, who are now in the WNBA.

During one two-minute stretch midway through the second half, the 6-foot-4 Kizer showed a range of skills. On the defensive end, she deflected a pass that led to a Toliver fast break; Kizer ran hard down the court, caught Toliver's sweet little shovel pass, and laid the ball into the basket. On Maryland's next possession, Kizer's shot was blocked by Crystal Washington, but the next time down the floor, she scored on a soft jumper over 6-foot-4 Valarie Muneoke.

"She brings great energy," Coach Brenda Frese said of Kizer, an All-Met from Potomac (Va.). "The thing I really like about Lynetta is, she's not satisfied, she just continues to set the bar really high for herself. Obviously it's very exciting to see where she's at so early."

With four minutes left to play, Maryland led by only two points, 68-66. But the Terrapins closed out the game with a 15-6 run.

"I hate the exhibition games that are 40-point blowouts and you're not able to learn anything from it," Frese said. "I thought time and score at the end, we were very poised and we were able to see some positive things at the end."

DT III is made up of former college stars; guard Jasmine Byrd (UNC-Greensboro) was its high scorer with 23 points. Guard Kalika France, who played for Maryland before transferring to Purdue during the 2006-07 season, scored the first 12 points of the game for DT III and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

"I thought [France] played extremely well," Frese said. "She did a really good job of exposing our defense with her dribble penetration…. [That was] really good for us, because that's the kind of athleticism that we're going to play against."

Here's the Maryland half of the boxscore:
Team totals: 30-65, .462 FG%; 3-10, .300 3-pt. FG%; 20-34, 58.8 FT%

Marah Strickland: 30 min, 3-7 FG (0-2 3pt), 5-5 FT, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Lynetta Kizer: 24 min, 5-11 FG (0-0 3pt), 3-6 FT, 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals
Kristi Toliver: 33 min, 6-13 FG (2-4 3pt), 3-5 FT, 17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists
Drey Mingo: 21 min, 2-5 FG (0-1 3pt), 4-4 FT, 8 points, 1 rebound
Marissa Coleman: 25 min, 8-16 FG (1-3 3pt), 1-2 FT, 18 points, 9 rebounds

Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood: 9 min, 0-0 FG (0-0 3pt), 1-2 FT, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 4 turnovers
Anjale Barrett: 20 min, 1-1 FG (0-0 3pt), 1-2 FT, 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists
Demauria Liles: 19 min, 3-8 FG (0-0 3pt), 2-6 FT, 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Yemi Oyefuwa: 19 min, 2-4 FG (0-0 3pt), 0-2 FT, 4 points, 4 rebounds

By Camille Powell  |  November 2, 2008; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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This was a good game for the Terps. It exposed some of their weaknesses and gave the coaches an opportunity to point them out and make adjustments.

Mingo and Kizer were solid in the first half. Kizer needs to learn to take better shots. Lyles had an awful first half, but made some good adjustments in the second half. It's easy to see why the Terps wanted her.

Barrett was ok. I thought she made some lazy passes (although she was hardly the only one).

This team is going to lose some games. But I think there's also a huge upside once the new players get adjusted.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | November 3, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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