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.
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