|Maryland's Laurin Mincy, left, looks for an open lane against the defense of FIU's Carmen Miloglav during first half of an NCAA college basketball game at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Miami, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)|
Mincy, Kizer lead No. 8 Maryland over FIU
MIAMI—Laurin Mincy and Lynetta Kizer scored 15 points each to lead No. 8 Maryland to an 84-52 win over Florida International on Friday night.
The Terrapins (6-0) were never threatened after a late-first half run and then expanded a 44-30 lead at halftime with an 18-7 spurt in the opening 6:41 of the second half.
Alyssa Thomas scored six points during the run and Alicia DeVaughn's inside field goal with 13:19 remaining capped the surge and gave the Terrapins a 62-37 advantage.
Thomas finished with 12 points and Tianna Hawkins scored all 13 of her points in the first half.
Kizer became the 19th player to score 1,300 points in school history.
Jerica Corley scored 19 of her 24 points in the first half to lead Florida International (2-3).
Mincy scored nine points, including consecutive 3-pointers, during a four-minute span that helped the Terrapins expand a one-point lead to 33-22 with 6:04 remaining in the first half.
The Terrapins benefitted from their size advantage and repeatedly attacked the basket in the opening minutes. Thomas and Hawkins each hit two field goals in the first 2:43 as the Terrapins opened to a 10-1 lead. The Panthers missed their first five shots helping Maryland to its quick start.
Florida International outscored the Terrapins 16-7 in the next 6:21 and tied at 17-17 on Kamika Idom's basket with 10:56 remaining. Coley keyed the Panthers' spurt with 12 straight points during span.
Maryland outrebounded Florida International 35-23. The Terps close their two-game set in Miami against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.