Wednesday night was Teddy bear toss at the Xfinity Center, but the Mountaineers were the ones being tossed around as Maryland (8-2) steamrolled Mount St. Mary’s (1-7) 97-57.
The win extended their winning streak to five and was Terps 8th straight win over the Mountaineers all time.
Maryland had one of their best shooting night’s from the floor on the season. They outshot the Mountaineers by 16 percent. Maryland was on fire from behind the arc as well, shooting over 42 percent from three-point range.
The Terps controlled the game from start to finish. They started the game on a 13-0 run,at a one point held a 37-6 lead.
By the end of the first half, the Terrapins already had three scorers in double digits, including Blair Watson, Kristen Confroy, and Stephanie Jones, who racked up 16 points on the night and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
“I think because we are such a versatile team, we are all able to contribute and I think we did a great job creating opportunities for each others and crashing the boards,” Jones said.
Every member of the Terrapins roster scored tonight, with five players finishing in double digits and four eclipsing 15 points. This included Ieshia Small, who came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 21 points.
“We talk a lot about playing the game the right way,” Coach Brenda Frese said.” “You saw the unselfishness on display in how we were moving the basketball. We didnt take bad shots, we were clicking on all cylinders. It makes you really difficult to defend.” C
The Terps had a season low in turnovers on the day with just 11. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers couldn’t get anything going on offense, as the Terrapins held them to 1-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half, and they were only able to manage10 points through the first 15 minutes of the game.
Down by 40 at one point in the half, the Mountaineers ended the half on 13-4 run to close the gap to s 31-point margin. They finished the night shooting a measly 34.5 percent from the floor.
A key to the Terps win was rebounding, which the Mountaineers have been notorious for struggling on this season. The Mountaineers also came in with a fourinch height disadvantage compared to Maryland’s starters. They ended up getting outrebounded 47-31, with 20 coming on the offensive glass.
Maryland barely allowed Mt. Saint Mary’s to get up the floor as they set out a hard full-court press on the Mountaineers. The press and zone trap forced Mount St. Mary’s to commit 26 turnovers on the night
“I think our defense definitely brings our energy,” Small said, who had two of Maryland’s 14 steals. “We were able to get right into our full-court press and that’s what sets our standards for how we need to play and keep the game moving playing Maryland basketball.” .
“[This game] gives us a lot of stuff to build upon going into the game on friday,” Frese said.
Maryland will look to continue a good start to their three-game home stand in the coming week. They face George Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. and then take on the Greyhounds of Loyola on Monday at 6 p.m.
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