I didn't cover this as part of my usual beat because it's an exhibition and it's Catholic. I went to the game as a fan so I will share a few observations. First, for those of you who took Catholic + 75, the house keeps your money. The final: Maryland 110 Catholic 34.
Maryland led 22-0 by the first media time out and by about 12 minutes into the half coach Brenda Frese had played everyone on the roster. The halftime score was 54-10.
The starting lineup of DeVaughn, Howard, Pavlech, Rutan, & Thomas was a bit of a surprise to me.
Laurin Mincy & Brene Moseley coming off the bench both looked a bit rusty early but got into a flow as the game progressed.
As far as the freshmen are concerned, A'Lexus Harrison and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough are both very athletic and fast. Shatori's game looks more polished at this point. Lexi Brown is going to be a very good player but will have an adjustment to make for the speed of the college game. She attempted a pass or two that she'll learn you can make in high school but not in college and appeared to rush her shot at times. Bri Jones understandably looked a little tentative on her knee (she tore an ACL in January) but used her height and girth well including one monster pick the sent a player from Catholic to Greenbelt.
Statistically, the Terps shot 57% for the game and 40% from behind the arc with Rutan a perfect 3 for 3. Catholic shot 26.5% for the game though the did make 5 of 12 three pointers in the second half. Of course when you're up by 60 + you probably don't close out on shooters with the same intensity. Mincy led the Terps with 15 and Jones added 14. The Terps won the battle of the boards 49-24. They forced 34 turnovers while committing 16 which seems like a high number against a D-III school until you realize that if you're running enough to put up 110 points in a 40 minute game, you're going to have some turnovers. The Terrapin points in the paint margin was 66-6, second chance points 23-0, and fast break points 30-0.
No one played more than 19 minutes or fewer than 10. In total the starters played 70 minutes.
After another exhibition on Saturday, the Terps open the season at South Florida on November 8 before coming home to face Loyola on the tenth and the big match-up with UConn on November 15.