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March 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Lori Bjork posted a game-high 20 points to lead her team to their second consecutive 35-point victory. The Terrapins defeated East Carolina 87-52, to advance to the Women's National Invitational Tournament Third Round. The Terps are now 6-0 this season against opponents they have met for the first time this season.
The Terrapins showed their prowess early with a dominant first half scoring 53 points, a season-high for points scored in any half this year for the Terps. Three players contributed double figures in the first half including a career-high 17 points from sophomore Kim Rodgers. Bjork posted 15 while sophomore Lynetta Kizer added 10. Maryland also scored 11 points off of ECU's 10 first half turnovers.
Freshman Jackie Nared surged in the second half scoring all nine of her points in the final 20 minutes. She charted one three-pointer, two rebounds, dished out two assists and nabbed one steal.
Freshman Tianna Hawkins earned a career-high five blocks behind her 10 rebounds. It was her 13th time pulling down double-figure rebounds. Rodgers finished the game with three assists, another career-best for the Virginia Beach, Va., native. Freshman Dara Taylor also nabbed a career-high of her own with eight rebounds.
CORAL GABLES – The 2009-10 University of Miami women’s basketball team became the first team in program history to win consecutive postseason games, when it defeated the Florida Gators, 77-64, Sunday afternoon in the second round of the WNIT at the BankUnited Center.
The Hurricanes (19-13) trailed only once, when the score was 7-5 in the game’s opening minutes, on their way to a dominating performance against the Gators (14-17).
For the second straight game, sophomore Shenise Johnson led all scorers with 19 points. The First Team All-ACC performer also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. The super sophomore was only two assists shy of a triple-double as she dished out a game-high eight.
Seniors Charmaine Clark and Diane Barnes continued their inspired play as they scored 16 and 13 points respectively. Clark’s scoring output was the most since she dropped 17 on Cal State Bakersfield in the second game of the season. Barnes added eight rebounds, two short of her eighth double-double.
The Hurricanes held a 32-21 lead at the break and had their defense to thank for it. Katie Meier’s squad, pressured Florida into 13 first half turnovers and a lowly 29.2 shooting percentage.