Maryland women’s basketball continued to cruise through its non-conference schedule Tuesday with a 97-63 win over Towson.
Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led No. 4 Maryland with 19 points each, and Kristen Confroy added 11.
Both teams shot about the same from the field, with Maryland shooting 49 percent and Towson shooting 43 percent respectively. Maryland went 7-of-20 on three-pointers, while Towson went just 1-for-9.
But the difference was turnovers. The Tigers turned the ball over 21 times, and the Terps scored 28 points off those giveaways.
Maryland had to work 23 seconds off the clock before a Brionna Jones layup opened the scoring, but the first quarter was relatively easy after that, as the Terps led 22-10 at the end of the period.
After getting out to a lead in the first quarter, the Terps ran all over the Tigers in the second. Jones scored Maryland’s first 12 points of the quarter, extending the lead to 34-14 all by herself.
Early in the second quarter, Destiny Slocum tipped a pass intended for Raine Bankston to herself, then sprinted down court to save the ball and dropped into Shatori Walker-Kimbrough’s hands for an and-one.
Towson had no answer for Maryland’s up tempo offense, and the Terps scored more points (25) in 4:48 than they did in the first quarter, and went into halftime with a 56-29 lead.
Maryland’s reserves played for most of the second half, and the Terps moved to 9-0 when the clock hit zero.
Three things to know
1. Another game, another blowout. Towson came into this game, but unless you’re a top 10 team, your record doesn’t matter when you play Maryland. The Tigers were strong defensively on the first possession, but did not present much of a challenge after that.
2. Destiny Slocum’s playmaking ability was on display. The freshman only scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting, but she still found a way to make an impact. She finished with six assists, including the ridiculous one mentioned above and a nice pass through traffic to find Stephanie Jones for a layup in the first quarter.
3. Kristen Confroy’s shot is officially back. The junior scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting (3-of-4 from deep), and is now 10-of-13 of the field over her last two games. Before the past two games she was shooting 20 percent from the field and 18 percent on three-pointers; those numbers are now up to 41 percent and 39 percent.