Maryland women’s basketball was dominant for all 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon, beating Towson, 99-51, to bring its win streak to six games.
Here are the takeaways from the game.
The Terps shot the three well
In recent games this season, Maryland has struggled to shoot the ball from deep. Outside of makes by forward Brinae Alexander, the Terps entered Tuesday having made six 3-pointers in their last three games.
Maryland has been OK shooting the three-ball this year, with a 33.5% mark that ranks seventh in the Big Ten. However, Maryland has taken the third-smallest number of threes in the conference.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the Terps had a promising performance from distance. Maryland made six of its 16 attempts, with four players converting. The performance could be the start of a positive trend for the team.
Maryland’s defense continued to impress
In the first half, Maryland’s defense put on a clinic on the defensive end. The team’s relentless pressure led to the Tigers falling flat early, shooting 5-for-26 from the floor and 1-for-10 from three.
Bri McDaniel was a key cog on defense early, finishing the game with a steal and a block. “I felt like just coming out and setting an emphasis on just staying contained and being disciplined on defense,” she said. “Not getting too hot, not getting too cold.”
The team implemented a 2-1-2 zone, which attempted to contest Towson’s perimeter shooters. “It’s probably the most comfortable zone that we are in, [that] we like playing in,” said Alexander. “I think that we can be really active and we also rebound the hell out of it.”
Maryland’s defense has allowed 71.7 points per game, the second-best in the Big Ten. The Terps also average 8.7 steals per game, the fourth-best in the conference.
Allie Kubek balled out against her former team
Forward Allie Kubek wasn’t able to play against Towson, her previous school, last year due to injury. This season, she got the opportunity to do so and didn’t take it for granted. She scored 17 points on just nine attempts.
“I was excited about this game since I saw the schedule,” said Kubek. “Great program, coach [Laura] Harper did really well with them, but I really just wanted to win.”
Kubek hit a three to go along with four rebounds, one assist and a block. She scored 17 points for the second straight game.
“I just wanted to play my game,” Kubek said.
Kubek has forced her way into the starting lineup, averaging 10.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. She will continue to be an important part of the team moving forward.