BALTIMORE, Md. — For the second straight game, Maryland women’s basketball ran circles around its opponent. The Terps crushed Coppin State, 113-49, for their ninth straight win.
It was a career day for Eleanna Christinaki in her first game as a Terrapin, as the Florida transfer set new career highs with 32 points and six three-pointers. Blair Watson had another outstanding shooting day, finishing with 23 points and a career-high seven threes, which is one off the program record. Kaila Charles had another solid game with 19 points, and Brianna Fraser had 12 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
The Terps shot almost 60 percent from the field, and their 15 three-pointers were a season high. The only negative was free-throw shooting, as Maryland shot 60 percent from the foul line after shooting 82 percent over the past two games. The Terps have been inconsistent from the line this season, and that could come back to bite them in Big Ten play.
Maryland wasted no time out of the gate, building a double-digit lead before three minutes had passed in the first quarter. The Terps hit their first six shots from the field, including four from behind the three-point line. Maryland cooled off slightly after a blazing hot start, but still led 31-13 after the first quarter.
While Maryland was constantly pushing the ball and getting high-percentage shots, the Eagles were struggling to get the ball past halfcourt. They committed eight turnovers in the opening frame, and were no match for the length of Maryland’s guards.
The Terps continued to run all over Coppin State in the second quarter, shooting an obscene 78 percent from the field. On the other end, Maryland continued to press and fatigue started to set in for the Eagles, which led to more forced passes and turnovers.
Christinaki started to settle in as well, scoring 12 points in the quarter. After going 1-5 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, she seemed to find her zone in the second, burying two from the left corner. Charles started to take over as well, combining with Christinaki to score 26 of Maryland’s 35 points in the quarter.
The Terps quickly built the lead back to 20, and led by as much as 45 before taking a 66-25 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Maryland had its most complete performance on both ends of the floor, outscoring Coppin State 29-4 and holding it to 15 percent shooting. Watson continued to stay hot, hitting three triples in the quarter to set a new career high with seven points.
The Eagles started the fourth quarter on a 13-4 run, but Christinaki hit a three to stop the run and put Maryland over the century mark.
The Terps will take an eight day Christmas break, and will be back in action against Illinois on Dec. 28 to start Big Ten play.
Three things to know
- Maryland scored a lot of points, and then some. For the second game in a row, the Terps had no trouble doing whatever they wanted on the offensive end. They easily surpassed 100 points for the second game in a row, and have now scored 227 points in the last two games.
- Eleanna Christinaki had an impressive debut. The Florida transfer started slow, but once she got the nerves out was a force to be reckoned with. She hit shots from all over the floor, and did a good job helping to facilitate in the halfcourt.
- It’s time for a step up in competition. After blowing out subpar competition for the better part of the last month, the Terps will start Big Ten play next Thursday against Illinois. The Illini are nowhere near the top of the conference, but are better than Maryland’s recent opponents.