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Maryland Women 82, Dartmouth 53

From Camille Powell:

The top-seeded Maryland women's 82-53 victory over 16th-seeded Dartmouth capped a day of first-round NCAA tournament blowouts at Comcast Center. The Terrapins will face ninth-seeded Utah—which whipped eighth-seeded Villanova, 60-30—on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a South Region second-round game.

The Terrapins (29-4), who were playing their first game in two weeks, opened up an 8-0 lead over the first four and a half minutes of the game and cruised from there. Dartmouth (18-11) missed its first nine shots, and finally got on the board with 15 minutes 29 seconds left in the half when Maryland's zone defense fell asleep on an inbounds play and left Meghan McFee wide open for a three-pointer.

Senior Kristi Toliver made her first four shots, including two three-pointers, and scored 23 points by halftime—which equalled Dartmouth's total. She finished with 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting. Fellow senior Marissa Coleman added nine points, 13 rebounds and five assists. All nine Maryland players scored.

The Big Green, who shot 27.4 percent, at least fared better than the team from the Big East, which made just 11 of 58 shots (19 percent) in its loss to Utah (23-9). Villanova's 30 points set a Comcast Center record for fewest points scored by a women's team; it was also the third-fewest points ever scored by a women's team in a first or second-round NCAA tournament game.

By Matthew Rennie  |  March 22, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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The Terps were a bit sloppy, but that isn't too surprising since they hadn't played for 2 weeks and weren't seriously challenged. It was good that the bench got a lot of playing time.

Speaking of the bench...the bench - the actual bench - could have beat Villanova. The Nova-Ute matchup was one of the most boring games I've ever seen. Villanova's style is not one that any basketball fan likes to watch. Honestly, I felt bad for their players having to play that slow, plodding, methodical offense only to miss the 3-point basket they had to take at the end of the shot clock. How on earth did Villanova even get into the tournament when teams like Boston College were left out? The selection committee made a big mistake with that one. As punishment, they should be forced to watch a tape of that game.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 22, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested in a more complete list of the women's games, here is a link to the NCAA bracket:

This at least tells you the scores for ALL the women's games played so far. There were two games that seem like they would have been interesting to watch: 11th ranked Mississippi State beat 6th ranked Texas, 71 to 63. Then there was the 60 to 59 point victory of Michigan State (#9) over Middle Tennessee (#8).

Posted by: dotellen | March 22, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Right on, krae. 'Nova was awful. I wish we sat close enough to hear what Harry Perretta was saying, but I expect his quotes are NSFW.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | March 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Will Wallace actually play next year? If not she's a great cheerleader. Thought Terps looked real good. BTW I'd like to see what the Jack-Rabbits from South Dakota State look like. Heard this team could be a real up and comer.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 22, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Villanova-Utah was painful, even though it was an 8-9 with Nova the higher seed.

Did anyone else hear the Dartmouth fan reading the Dr. Seuss book about Yertle the Turtle as loud as humanly possible during Maryland free throws?

And Wallace is the team cheerleader after her career-ending knee injury. After she was left home once and the Terps lost, Brenda has brought her on every road trip since, and the Terps haven't lost.

Posted by: terpthen | March 22, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Terpthen is Wallace done for good? I thought she was coming back next year.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 23, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Emery Wallace is done playing basketball. Her knees can't take the pounding.

I didn't catch that a Dartmouth fan was reading Yertle the Turtle. That's pretty funny!

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 23, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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