Students have already left home for Thanksgiving break, making the Xfinity Center a little quiet. But that didn’t stop the Terrapins from coming out with intensity, routing the Howard Bison 111-49.
The Terrapins dominated on offense,l with six players scoring in double figures, including senior guard Kristen Confroy, who notched her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
One of Maryland’s weak spots throughout the early season was playing a full game and coming out with intensity in the first half. That wasn’t the case tonight, as the Terps outscored the Bison 33-6 in the first quarter, the largest first quarter lead they have had all season.
On the defensive end, the Bison could get nothing in the paint, only scoring 10 buckets down low the entire game.
Junior forward Brianna Fraser dominated the paint with 11 rebounds Fraser’s 24 points were a career high for her, as well.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Jones also matched Fraser’s 24 points, which was a career high for her as well. Jones led the team in three point shooting, knocking down five shots from beyond the arc.
“We gained a lot from the film session and practiced hard,” head coach Brenda Frese said.
The Terps came off the loss against the Huskies and managed to adjust their pitfalls in that game, which included rebounding and three-point shooting.
The Terrapins outrebounded the Bison by 21, with 20 of them coming on the offensive end. This led to 21 second-chance points on the Terps part.
The Bison’s offensive primarily came from freshman guard Curstyn Moore, who led the team in scoring coming into this game. But the Maryland defense kept her silent, as she only scored 4 points on 2-of-5 shooting.
The Bison generated no offense as they shot 29 percent for the entire game.
The fast start by the Terps was insurmountable as the Bison could never close the gap.
Maryland outscored Howard in every quarter and outmatched the Bison in almost every aspect of the game.
“[This win] just shows the mentality of this team and the willingness to want to get better.”
The Terps now get a three-day break going into Thanksgiving before traveling to Miami on Friday to play Kennesaw State at 9 p.m.
in the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament.
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