After a hard-fought win Thursday at Louisville, Maryland had little trouble Sunday in a 92-42 win over UMBC.
Kristen Confroy led all scorers with 17 points, which was as many points as she scored in the season’s first seven games. After shooting 20 percent to start the season, the junior was 6-for-8 from the field, and 5-for-7 on three-pointers.
The Terps dominated UMBC on both ends of the floor, shooting 49 percent while holding the Retrievers to 27 percent. Maryland outrebounded 53-29 and also forced 20 turnovers for the fifth time this season.
Maryland also shot 12-24 on three pointers, their best percentage in any game this season.
The Terps came out hot in the first quarter, shooting 60 percent from the field and making all four three-point shots to get out to a 24-9 lead. Confroy hit two baseline threes, and had eight points in the quarter, which is more than she’s had in a game this season.
UMBC could not handle Maryland’s defense and turned the ball over 10 times in the first, going without a field goal for 4:39 during one stretch.
The Terps continued to extend their lead in the second quarter and were up 42-17 at halftime. Maryland did not force a turnover in the quarter, so UMBC was able to get more half-court opportunities. It didn’t matter, as the Retrievers shot just 3-for-22.
Pandora Wilson hit a jumper to start the third, but Maryland went on a 14-2 run to extend their lead even further to 56-21. After having just 12 points in the paint in the first half, Maryland had eight in the third quarter. It also had six offensive rebounds, more than it had in the entire game.
UMBC became desperate on defense, even trying to trap on one possession, which failed miserably. The Retrievers tried to trap Slocum, who passed it to Charles, who found a wide-open Brionna Jones down low for an easy layup. Maryland had a 71-27 lead at the end of the third quarter, holding the Retrievers without a field goal for the final 4:21.
Maryland’s reserves played the whole fourth quarter, and the Terps came away with their eighth win of the season.
Three things to know
1. After two playing two close games, this one wasn’t. Maryland has had to gut out its past two wins, but this one was over midway through the first quarter. Expect more of the same over the next few weeks, as the team’s next four games are against mid-majors.
2. Kristen Confroy is starting to heat up. After going 4-for-20 in her first seven games, Confroy was much better Sunday. She hit her first five shots, including four three pointers and finished with 17 points. Confroy is already a solid defender and good rebounder, and getting her going on offense will only make this team more dangerous going forward.
3. The blowout allowed Maryland to rest its starters. Maryland jumped out to an early lead, allowing Brenda Frese to give everyone decent minutes. All 12 players got at least 10 minutes of playing time, and no one played more than 20 minutes. This comes after Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Confroy played 40 and 39 respectively on Thursday.