No. 8 Maryland beats Saint Joseph's

No. 8 Maryland beats Saint Joseph's
November 23, 2011, 2:48 am
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Lynetta Kizer scored a career-high 25 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21, and No. 8 Maryland remained unbeaten with a 94-71 victory over Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night. Tianna Hawkins contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Laura Mincy had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins (5-0), who have won all their games by double figures. Maryland led by 16 at halftime and cruised to the finish in defeating the Hawks for the 10th straight time. Kizer, a 6-foot-4 senior center, was playing in her second game since returning from a suspension for violating team rules. Her previous career high was 23 points, in 2009 against North Carolina Central. Erin Shields led Saint Joseph's (2-3) with 16 points, Ashley Prim had 15 and Katie Kuester 13. The Hawks committed only four turnovers but shot 35 percent from the field and were outrebounded 58-25. After Saint Joseph's closed to 58-47, Kizer made two free throws, Whitney Bays scored in the lane and Kizer added a foul shot for a 63-47 lead with 11 minutes left. That was enough to assure the Terrapins their 85th win in 90 non-conference games at Comcast Center. Maryland won despite playing the final 25 minutes without starting guard Anjale Barrett, who left in the first half with a knee injury. The Hawks went 1 for 8 from the field at the outset, and Maryland took advantage by taking a 12-3 lead. Minutes later, however, successive baskets by Shields capped a 10-4 spurt that got Saint Joseph's to 21-18. It was 28-23 before Kizer hit a 3-pointer and Thomas added a layup and two foul shots to spark a 14-4 run that expanded the margin to 15. The Hawks got within 11 shortly before halftime, but Thomas scored on a drive and Kizer made a free throw and a follow-shot to give the Terrapins a 49-33 lead at the break.