Tonight’s Maryland women’s game was more or less the flip side of boring compared to the men’s game that preceded it. If the men’s game was difficult to watch because of SC State’s insistence on running the weave 35 feet from the basket for 20 seconds of every possession, the women’s game was boring because it was so laughably one sided. The Terps ran out to an 18-0 lead before George Mason made a 3 pointer with about twelve and a half minutes remaining in the first stanza. Had Maryland shot a bit better and not had as many turnovers, the 20-3 lead at the second media time out could have been even larger. The same was true of the next four minutes as the Terps extended the lead by only one at 26-8. Maryland led 31-9 when Mason made a big run outscoring the Terps 8-2 to close the gap to fifteen. /s The crowd of just over 5,500 was growing restless. Fortunately, the gritty Terps dug deep/s and responded with a 10-2 run to close the half up by 23 at forty-three to twenty.
The second half proved to be more of the same except that Maryland’s shooting improved so in fact, it was even more of a beating. Only women’s basketball geeks would feel any tension. Would one-time walk-on Sequoia Austin set new career highs in point or minutes? Well, she would equal her high in minutes with 13 but fall short on points scoring 8 including making 2 of 5 from three. Would Tianna Hawkins manage another double-double? No she managed “only” 7 rebounds but did lead the team in scoring with 27 points which was six shy of her career high. Would Alyssa Thomas join Marissa Coleman as only the second Terrapin women’s basketball player with a triple-double. Yes! AT had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and a personal best 11 assists to complete the trifecta.
As a team, the Terps were strong again defensively holding the Patriots to 26.8% shooting and twenty points under their season average of sixty. Maryland had 5 players in double figures and like their male counter parts, this Terp team shares the ball well dishing out 24 assists on 35 baskets – an almost 70% clip. And they typically dominate the boards. Tonight was no exception as they out rebounded Mason 50-24 en route to the 50 point win. Next up, the Terps travel to Towson to take on an in state opponent the Towson Tigers on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.