To say Loyola was no match for Maryland women’s basketball would be an understatement. The Terps absolutely destroyed the Greyhounds Monday night, 114-45.
Maryland had five players in double figures, with Blair Watson leading the way with a career-high 24 points. Watson also hit six three-pointers, the fourth time she’s hit five or more in a game this season.
Maryland’s sheer dominance was best shown by its absurd performance on the offensive end. The Terps shot 61 percent from the field, and had a program-record 37 assists on just 46 made field goals. Channise Lewis had a career-high 11 assists, recording double-digits for the first time in a Maryland uniform, and six Maryland players had more than four. The Terps also committed just six turnovers, by far their fewest in a game this season.
Maryland looked slow and out of sync for the first few minutes, but once it figured out Loyola’s defense, the Terps picked it apart.
Maryland shot 66 percent in the first quarter, and had assists on all nine field goals. Loyola’s Izzy Therien started the scoring with a layup with 7:57 to go, but the Terps responded with two baskets in 30 seconds to make sure that was the only lead the Greyhounds had all night. Ieshia Small was a big boost off the bench, scoring nine points in the opening frame.
With Kaila Charles back on the floor for the second quarter, Maryland found a way to execute at an even higher level. The Terps’ shooting improved to 74 percent, and they also stepped up on the defensive end, forcing nine turnovers. Charles went to the bench after picking up her first foul with 8:55 to go in the first quarter, and didn’t return until there was 24 seconds to go in the period.
She took over in the second quarter, scoring all 12 of her first half points in a part of a 17-3 that pushed the lead to 44-17. Loyola had no answer for Charles in the open court, as the sophomore was able to pick off passes and attack the basket at will. No matter the lead, Maryland continued to attack, and was up 54-20 at halftime.
The lead kept growing throughout the second half, reaching 70 points late in the fourth quarter. Brianna Fraser hit two free throws to put Maryland at the century mark, and there was still 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Three things to know
- Maryland’s ball movement was ridiculous. The Terps passed with Swiss Army knife-like precision Monday night. They matched their season-high in assists with 2:51 to go in the third quarter, and set a new season high with 9:35 to go in the fourth. Maryland will face a little more pressure from every other opponent it faces the rest of the season, but it’s good to see the Terps looking for the right shot instead of just having a one-shot-and-done offense.
- Turnovers were under control. Maryland committed no turnovers in the first and third quarter, which is a minor miracle considering this team’s style of play. The Terps ended up committing just six for the game, which is one of its lowest totals under Brenda Frese.
- The wait to see Eleanna Christinaki is almost over. The junior will finally be eligible against Coppin State, which should be a nice tuneup before Maryland heads into Big Ten play. She’ll give the team much-needed depth, and another scoring option alongside Kaila Charles.