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Maryland women’s basketball takes care of Mount St. Mary’s in 97-57 win

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This one was over quickly.

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Maryland women’s basketball had no trouble against Mount St. Mary’s jumping out to a 31-point first quarter lead on its way to a 97-57 win.

The Terps had five players in double-figures, and Ieshia Small led the way with a game-high 21 points. All eight players who played for Maryland scored, and the Terps shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time in four games.

The only category Maryland didn’t win was free throws, where it shot just 59 percent to the Mount’s 77 percent.

Maryland put on a clinic in the first quarter, scoring the first 15 points of the game, then going on a 12-0 run after a Mount St. Mary’s basket to take a 27-2 lead. The Terps did whatever they wanted, hitting shots from inside and out and attacking in transition. By the end of the first quarter, Maryland already led 37-6, shooting 67 percent from the field and 63 percent on three-pointers.

Kayla Agentowicz, who is Mount St. Mary’s leading scorer, did not play tonight and the team looked lost without her in the first quarter.

Mount St. Mary’s started out the second quarter in a zone, but didn’t get a chance to set it up much early in the frame. Watson hit a three to break it with 7:41 to go in the half, and Maryland pushed the ball and didn’t let Mount St. Mary’s set up in the halfcourt.

It looked like Maryland might lead by 50 at halftime until it went cold midway through the second quarter. The Terps didn’t score for nearly three minutes and The Mount responded with a 13-0 run. In most games, that type of run could be back-breaking. In this one, it cut Maryland’s lead to 50-23.

Despite shooting 26 percent in the second quarter, Maryland still had a 54-23 lead at halftime.

Even though the Terps didn’t play well at times in the second half, their lead was big enough that it didn’t matter.

Maryland will look for its seventh straight win on Friday against George Washington.

Three things to know

  1. This game was over in the first five minutes. Maryland jumped on The Mount from the start, building a double-digit lead before the Mountaineers could figure out they were in a basketball game. That’s a cushion the Terps won’t have for almost any other game this season.
  2. The middle two quarters left a lot to be desired. After outscoring Mount St. Mary’s by 31 points in the first quarter, the Terps only outscored the Mountaineers by seven over the next two. Some of it was Maryland missing makeable shots, but a good amount was due to sloppy play and questionable defense.
  3. Brianna Fraser didn’t play. The junior forward tweaked her ankle against Akron and is day-to-day, per the team. While she hasn’t been spectacular this season, losing one player on such a small roster can have a large impact on the team’s depth going forward.