January 28, 2010
Terps too much for Tech
Maryland wins 60-44
Maryland (15-6, 3-4) 293160
Virginia Tech (12-8, 2-4) 222244
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,725
  • High Points: 15 - Utahya Drye
  • High Rebounds: 7 - Shanel Harrison

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A pair of large scoring spurts in each half, as well as big numbers from Lori Bjork and Lynetta Kizer, lifted the visiting Maryland Terrapins over the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team, 60-44, on Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies dropped to 12-8 overall and 2-4 in ACC play with the loss, while the Terps, ranked as high as 18th nationally a little more than a month ago, snapped a three-game skid to improve to 15-6 overall and 3-4 in the ACC.

Tech hung with the Terps for the first 15 minutes of action, but Maryland, sparked by three treys from Bjork, went on a 14-1 run over a 3:20 stretch to take a 29-18 lead with a minute and a half to go before the intermission.

Maryland drilled five treys in the first half, and after four quick points from the Hokies, took a 29-22 lead into the break.

The Hokies then scored the first four points of the second half to pull within three, prompting a timeout by Maryland at the 17:59 mark. That’s when the Terps started pounding it inside to the 6-foot-4 Kizer, who netted six points in the middle of a pivotal 11-0 run that gave Maryland a 14-point lead, 40-26, with 14:36 to play.

“We talked at the half that they were going to start going to No. 12 [Kizer] – that it was going in the paint,” Dunkenberger said. “Even though we discussed it at the half and at the very first timeout they called, I thought we still left it a bit out to dry and left a lot up to one-on-one. She’s far too good of a player to let play one-on-one.”

Kizer went on to score 15 of her 18 points in the second half, and Tech never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Though Tech out-classed the Terps in points off turnovers, fast-break points, blocks, steals and free-throw shooting, Maryland gained big advantages in rebounding and field-goal shooting.

“First and foremost is rebounding,” Dunkenberger said of the Terps’ 49-35 advantage on the glass. “Our rebounding statistics are horrendous right now, and particularly on the defensive end. They had 20 offensive boards and we only have 21 defensive boards. That’s trouble to me.”

But another thing that troubled the Hokies all night was the absence of starting point guard Nikki Davis, who injured her knee in practice and did not play.

“Nikki has the ball in her hands a lot and she gets us in sync offensively,” Dunkenberger said. “I thought we struggled to get in sync, as evidenced by us shooting 29 percent from the field.”

The 29 percent success rate was the second lowest mark of the season for Tech, and the Hokies only hit 8 percent (1-for-12) from 3-point range. That low number was because normal sharpshooter Lindsay Biggs spent most of the game at point guard in place of Davis and never found her stroke.

“It’s a little harder to score from the point guard position, trying to do other things like getting the offense set up and trying to lead,” said Biggs, who hit just 1-of-9 for two points. “Once you give it up, sometimes it’s hard to get back in a good position to score.”

Utahya Drye led the Hokies with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Alyssa Fenyn added 11 and Shanel Harrison scored 10, with a team-high seven rebounds.

Bjork ended up with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from long distance. Kizer pulled down 16 rebounds to go with her 18 points and four steals.

The Hokies will return to action on Sunday with a 2 p.m., road tilt at 25th-ranked Georgia Tech.

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