Kristen Confroy has never gotten to play less than two hours from her home in Solon, Ohio. But today she did, and she made the most of it.
Confroy scored 23 points, one point shy of her career high, as the Terps (7-2) took down the Akron Zips (3-3) 75-54.
Confroy shot 75 percent from the field including 5 3-pointers, which was 85 percent of the team’s made shots from beyond the arc.
“KC [Confroy] has been working really hard and sometimes you want to press upon the game, but I thought she played really relaxed and confident,” Head Coach Brenda Frese said.
Although Maryland had a deadly 3-point attack from Confroy, they did manage to dominate the paint, as 38 of their 75 points came from within the paint. Maryland also outrebounded the Zips by 20.
Fellow senior Kaila Charles matched Conroy’s scoring total with 23. Confroy and Charles were the game’s two leading scorers, scoring 75 percent of the team’s points.
The two were also the team’s leading rebounders on the day. Charles led with 14 boards for a double-double and Confroy had nine, as the two-headed monster racked up almost half of the team’s rebounds.
The Terps took control of this game from the start – six seconds in, to be exact, when Blair Watson scored the first bucket of the game. They outscored the Zips 24-6 in the first quarter, holding them to just 17.6 percent shooting.
The Terps also held them to just six points in the fourth quarter as well, two of the lowest-scoring quarters against the Terps this year, as Akron never even came close to a lead during the game.
Akron had cut the lead down to 11 at the end of the first half, after their dismal first quarter, but never managed to get it back down under single digits, as only two of their players managed to shoot over 50 percent on the day, with both of them, Caitlin Vari and Haliegh Reinoehl, scoring only 10 points combined.
This is Maryland’s fifth win in a row since the team lost to UConn. The Terps have managed to do that even while playing their last four games on the road.
“What I’ve see is growth from that. That’s gonna be exciting as we move forward because we still have a lot of difficult games ahead of us,” Frese said.
This was an overall complete win for the Terps as they dominated Akron in many aspects of the game, and they’ll seek to carry it over into their next games.
Maryland will finally get to return home after a week-long road stretch. The Terps host Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before George Washington comes to town Friday at 7 p.m.
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