Friday was field trip day at Xfinity Center, as students from Elementary schools around the state were invited to come watch Maryland women's basketball destroy its third straight opponent.
Detroit Mercy came to College park for the game's 11 a. m. tip-off , and had about the same chance of beating the Terps as the elementary schoolers did, losing by a score of 97-41.
The victory also marked Brenda Frese's 400th win as a head coach. The team played a video highlight after the game that featured former Maryland players, as well as former and current staff from the men's and women's programs.
However, the Terps failed to score 100 points for the first time this season, so basically this game was a complete failure.
The Terps never trailed, and Kiah Gillespie helped the Terps separate immediately, with a block-and-1-steal-layup sequence that helped Maryland shoot ahead for good in the first quarter. She displayed an extremely versatile game, scoring inside and outside. With the way she's been playing, Gillespie looks like a freshman who will be ready to help once the schedule gets a little bit tougher.
Brionna Jones used her superior size and post technique to get easy buckets all day on the Titans, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough easily sliced through the Titans' defense multiple times and pushed the pace all game. She ended up with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Detroit Mercy shot 27 percent as a team, and couldn't do much against the Terps' defense, which was simply larger and quicker than the Titans were built to handle.
Rosanna Reynolds led the Titans with 15 points and was solid from behind the arc, but was an inefficient 6-for-16 from the field.
Categories the Terps led in:
Points, assists, blocks, steals, three-point percentage, points off turnovers, rebounds, bench points, fast-break points,
The Terps moved to 3-0 on the season and will make their first trip away from College Park on Thanksgiving to take on Old Dominion in the Paradise Jam.
Three things to know
1. Maryland destroyed, again. Maryland hasn't played a team that comes even close to equaling its level of competition, and it showed once again. Buckets came easy for Terps, as did blocks, steals and pretty much anything else you'd want to do well in a basketball game.
2. Kiah Gillespie is at least the team's second-best player. The freshman dominated early for the Terrapins, knocking down threes, blocking shots and pushing the ball in transition. She can dribble and distribute, but also plays well off the ball and has been a lights-out three-point shooter. She's already becoming a star, and she'll keep getting better.
3. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. The kids in attendance were cheering as loud in the fourth quarter of a blowout than in they did at the start of the game. They also knew pretty much every dance move in existence. It might not have been Xfinity Center during the Georgetown game, but it was one wild environment.