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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland coach Brenda Frese didn't have much to complain about after watching the fifth-ranked Terrapins open the season with a blowout victory.
Tianna Hawkins had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Alicia DeVaughn contributed 15 points and 11 boards, and Maryland cruised past crosstown-foe Mount St. Mary's 88-47 on Friday night.
"I really liked how we came out ready to play. The energy was fantastic," Frese said. "I thought we did a terrific job sharing the basketball tonight, just really unselfish with our play. I'm really excited about the dominance of our post players. All three of them were really, really good."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams are gone, taking plenty of offensive talent with them.
So in its opener, No. 24 Miami more than compensated with defense.
Playing for the first time in five seasons without the two players who made up the best backcourt in school history, the Hurricanes got 19 points from Michelle Woods, 17 more from Morgan Stroman and rolled past North Florida 77-24 in the season-opener for both clubs on Friday night.
It was the lowest point total Miami ever allowed to an NCAA opponent, beating the previous mark of 26 given up to Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 25, 1990. Still, Miami coach Katie Meier insisted that the Hurricanes were far from perfect, and her players agreed with that assessment.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team opened the season with a 78-57 victory over James Madison. Sophomore forward Sarah Imovbioh had a double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in her collegiate debut.
Senior point guard China Crosby, in her first game back after suffering an ACL tear in a December 2011 game against JMU, scored five of Virginia's first nine points, driving through the lane for a layup and pulling up for a three to give the Cavaliers an early 9-8 lead.
The Duke's Kirby Burkholder single-handedly kept her team in the game, draining five three-pointers in the first 12 minutes, staking the visitors to a 19-17 lead.
Redshirt sophomore forward Sarah Beth Barnette, making her Virginia debut, fought hard down low to stick in a third-chance point, putting the Cavaliers up 21-19.
CHAPEL HILL --- Freshman Xylina McDaniel notched a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in her collegiate debut, as North Carolina defeated Davidson 70-59 on Friday in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT at Carmichael Arena.
McDaniel led all scorers and added four steals to her contributions in her opening minutes as a Tar Heel.
After a back-and-forth game in its opening minutes, the Tar Heels went on a commanding 30-10 run in the middle of the second half to pull away.
UNC scored 56 points in the paint, as center Waltiea Rolle put up a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The senior also added four blocks to the Carolina defensive effort, which held Davidson under 40 percent from the field and forced 27 turnovers.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore forward Kiana Evans scored a career-high 16 points, while shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, and junior forward Kody Burke led the Wolfpack with 19 more, as the NC State women's basketball team defeated Wofford, 85-45, in its season opener Friday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
"I thought the kids did a good job staying focused on the task at hand," said head coach Kellie Harper. "I think it's important for our team to get better every single day.
"I think we're looking for each other - looking to share the ball. I think our kids are buying into our offensive system. I was disappointed in our effort on the boards. I did not think we were technically correct on the defensive boards, but we'll take care of that."
BOSTON - Katie Zenevitch hauled in a career-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points, but Boston College fell to Boston University, 52-46, in Case Gymnasium on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
In BC head coach Erik Johnson's first game at the helm of the program, Kerri Shields led the Eagles with 11 points while Tessah Holt and Kristen Doherty each had nine points apiece.
"I was really proud of our defensive effort. I thought our kids followed the game plan really, really well, and we were able to hold a really good offensive team to a low percentage and a low point total," Johnson said. "Unfortunately on the offensive end, from a coaching standpoint, I don't think I put our players in a good enough position to win. I have to do a better job of helping them see the opportunities and helping them to make adjustments."
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion 55-35 on Friday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.
“We’re extremely disappointed,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “I thought we were capable of playing better than we did on offense. When you shoot 25 percent, you’re not going to give yourself a chance to win. I think defensively we had pretty good effort. They only got 55 points while shooting 33 percent. Our problems were on the offensive end.”
Porschia Hadley and freshman Lauren Evans led the Hokies (0-1) with eight points each. Monet Tellier pulled down nine rebounds for Tech. Evans also grabbed a pair of steals. Alyssa Fenyn handed out three assists while scoring six points and pulling down five boards.