The Terps took to the road again Thursday night traveling to Chestnut Hill to take on the Boston College Eagles. The women would avoid the fate suffered by the men two nights earlier at the Conte Forum dominating BC from the outset and coming home with a twenty-five point 86-61 stomping of the Eagles. The win moved Maryland to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in conference play.
Both teams started with a spell of cold shooting with the game’s first field goal coming on a BC jumper with under 16 minutes to go. By that time the Terps had opened a 5-0 lead on free throws – four from Alyssa Thomas and one by Alicia DeVaughn. The teams traded three pointers with Maryland’s coming from Katie Rutan. With their lead sitting at 8-5, Maryland ran off seven straight points including a three point shot from Thomas to take a double digit lead for the first time. The teams traded scores for the next few minutes before a spate of Terrapin fouls allowed the Eagles to score five straight from the line and cut Maryland’s lead to six at the third media time out. The Terps survived a missed jump shot and two consecutive turnovers with solid defense that let BC take only two points off the Maryland lead at 25-21. After a time out, the Terps responded with a 6-0 run that included the first basket by freshman Tierney Pfirman since her return from dislocating her kneecap about a month ago. Maryland continued their dominance scoring twelve of the next sixteen points to close the half on an 18-4 run and take a 43-25 lead at intermission. For the half, the Terrapins shot 55.2% while holding the Eagles to 32% on nine of twenty-eight shooting. Doing some of the other things they do well, the Terps shared the ball dishing out 11 assists on 16 baskets and dominating the boards with a 20-12 rebounding edge. And in doing something they don’t usually do as well, Maryland had only 5 turnovers for the first session.
The teams traded a handful of baskets to open the second half before a steal by Katie Rutan led to an Alyssa Thomas jumper that gave the Terps their first 20 point margin of the night at 52-32. Maryland opend the lead to twenty-two at 56-34 before a missed jumper by Malina Howard sandwiched around two offensive fouls by Alicia DeVaughn allowed the Eagles to chop the lead back to seventeen. But once again a steal by Rutan that led to a Pfirman three pointer stopped any thoughts BC might have had about generating some momentum to get them back in the game. By the under twelve media time out, the Terrapin lead again stood at twenty-two 61-39. With the lead hovering in the low twenties, the Terps seemed to lose some of their defensive intensity as the Eagles made ten of their first fifteen shot attempts but Maryland was equally efficient on the offensive end and continued to build on their lead. With 8:14 remaining in regulation, senior Tianna Hawkins grabbed her fourth rebound of the night and became only the third Terrapin woman to reach 1,000 rebounds in her Maryland career joining Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. (Len Elmore is the only Terp on the men's side to reach this number.) Alyssa Thomas also reached a milestone. Her two free throws with four and a half minutes left gave her thirty points for the game surpassing her previous career high of 29 against Georgia Tech in last year’s ACC championship game.
Rounding back into shape, Tierney Pfirman gave the Terps 7 points and a steal in her twelve minutes of playing time. Alicia DeVaughn, who spent much of the second half on the bench with four fouls assisted on the Terps final two buckets both three pointers. These assists weren’t DeVaughn’s only contribution as she dropped in ten points and snatched eight boards. In addition to Thomas and DeVaughn, Hawkins with 15 and Howard with 11 also reached double figures. In addition to leading the Terps in scoring, Thomas also pulled down a game high 12 rebounds as Maryland out rebounded BC by ten. The double-double is the junior’s sixteenth of the season. The 11 second half Terrapin assists matched their first half total on an equal number of baskets finishing with 22 assists on 32 made baskets. Freshman Chloe Pavlech led the team in that category with six. Maryland also continued protecting the ball as well with only four second half turnovers improving on their first half total by one and committing a season low of nine for the game. Having successfully avenged a road loss at UNC by thoroughly thrashing the Tar Heels on their visit to Comcast, the Terps will look to repeat that feat on Sunday when they host Duke. Game time is set for 3:00 pm. Wear white and pack the house!