Maryland women’s basketball defeated Mount St. Mary’s 106-42 on Friday to become 3-0 to start the season.
The No. 6 Terps have reached 100 points in every game this season, and now have a margin of victory of 160 points in those first three games.
The 11 a.m. start allowed area elementary schools to come for the annual Field Trip Day. As a result, it was a strong atmosphere to cheer on the Terps—and to sing along with every top-50 hit played.
Senior Brionna Jones led the Terps out of early trouble to lead Maryland with 12 points in the first half. Ieshia Small had seven points in the half, and Kaila Charles had six. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough struggled offensively in the first half with only four points and three turnovers.
Jones finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and adding 10 rebounds. Small finished with 14 points, and Jenna Staiti, Walker-Kimbrough and Charles all had 10. Freshman Blair Watson had a strong second half, putting up nine points.
Maryland struggled from the field early, but Jones took advantage of looks down low to put the Terps back in the lead after the Mount’s 7-6 start. The center drove and spun around her defender for a clean finish to put Maryland up 8-7. Maryland would not lose the lead for the rest of the game, finishing the first quarter with a 18-13 advantage.
Maryland still struggled with seven turnovers in the second quarter, but only allowed seven points to the Mountaineers. The Terps’ 16-3 run in the quarter helped push the game to a more comfortable halftime lead of 37-20.
Walker-Kimbrough showed more of her usual self in the third quarter, matching her first-half points total in two quick trips. The extra cushion let Brionna Jones catch a breather, leaving her sister Stephanie and Brianna Fraser to see extended floor time. Watson made the most of her opportunity, hitting Maryland’s second three-pointer on her way to five points and two steals in the quarter.
Maryland sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with mostly second-string players in the 106-42 victory.
The Terps next travel to play Niagara on Sunday at 12 p.m.
Three things to know:
1. Maryland had a size advantage, and exploited it in the paint. The Terps scored 22 points in the paint in the first half, and out-rebounded Mount St. Mary’s 27-12. Maryland finished with 60 rebounds and 64 points in the paint. Brionna Jones led with 10 rebounds.
2. The Terps got turnovers under control in the second half. They lost the turnover battle 12-9 in the first half, but only had seven in the second half. The cleaner second-half play pushed this game way out of reach.
3. Maryland was cold behind the arc. With the advantage in the paint, this was not the biggest deal, but Slocum hit the Terps’ only first half three pointer in a 1-of-7 showing. The Terps finished 4-of-14 from behind the arc, with Sarah Myers leading with two threes.