No. 17 Maryland Downs Herd Women in Terrapin Classic Championship
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A season-high 25 turnovers was too much to overcome for the Marshall women’s basketball team as No. 17 Maryland claimed the Terrapin Classic title with an 83-68 victory Thursday at the Comcast Center.
Maryland (10-1) scored 26 points off turnovers and recorded 21 offensive rebounds to put away the upset-minded Thundering Herd (5-5) behind a big second-half surge. The Terrapins led Marshall by only two points, 32-30, at halftime but came out of the break with a 17-6 run to pull ahead by 13 points. The Herd turned the ball over eight times in the second half’s first four-plus minutes.
“When you turn the ball over to a team like Maryland, it’s an easy layup,” Marshall head coach Royce Chadwick said. “The turnovers took momentum away from us, and we had trouble defending them inside.”
Tournament MVP Crystal Langhorne, a center, scored 20 points and added six rebounds. The freshman got to the free-throw line 18 times, converting eight, which were more attempts than the Herd had all game (7-for-13). Maryland sophomore Shay Doron posted a game-high 26 points, 21 of which came in the second half. Kalika France recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Anesia Smith dished out a career-high and Comcast Center record 14 assists.
Marshall sophomore Crystal Champion (Washington, D.C.) scored a career-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. Kim Griffin (Valdosta, Ga.) notched 14 points with a career-high eight rebounds to go along with six assists. Sophomore Modupe Ishola (Washington, D.C.) blocked three Terp shots.
Champion and Griffin were named to the all-tournament team.
Both teams hovered around 35 percent shooting in the first half. The second half was a different story, however, as the Herd reached 51.6 percent in the second stanza to Maryland’s 51.4 percent. The normally strong rebounding Herd was out-muscled on the boards to the tune of a 47-38 Terrapin advantage.
Maryland is now 11-1 in Terrapin Classic games, now in its sixth season.
The Herd will now enter Mid-American Conference play when it plays host to rival Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 5 at the Cam Henderson Center.
Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team
Shay Doron, Maryland
Anesia Smith, Maryland
Brooke Campbell, Massachusetts
Katie Nelson, Massachusetts
Kim Griffin, Marshall
Crystal Champion, Marshall
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland