On the eve of reading day, the Terps came out wanting to leave a lasting impression before exams. They did just that after dominating the Greyhounds 114 to 45—their largest margin of victory all season.
“We kept our foot on the gas and never took it off and i thought we’ve now put back to back games where we’ve taken a major step forward,” head coach Brenda Frese said.
The Greyhounds looked outmatched on both sides of the floor today, with Maryland forcing a turnover margin of 18. The Terps scored a season-high 39 points off turnovers, as the full court press looked to be at full strength today.
The Terps’ stingy defense also managed to hold Loyola’s top scorer Stephanie Karcz to just eight points on the day, as Karcz shot a mere 4 for 12 from the floor.
Although the Terps struggled to play a full game early in the season, Frese has noticed an improvement during during their win streak.
“I really liked how we came out and set the tone,” Frese said.
“It’s fun with this group, it feels like whatever we find as a weakness then they turn it into a strength. We can do some really great things if they keep that mentality.”
Apart from the first two minutes when the Greyhounds led 2-0, the Terps held the lead for virtually the entire game. Maryland also reached a 70 point lead toward the end of the fourth quarter, which was their largest lead of the season.
The Terps never let off the gas,and went on a 21-7 run to end the game,as they held the Greyhounds to just 10 points in the fourth quarter. Loyola never scored over 12 points in a single quarter, as the Terrapins held them to just 29.5 percent shooting on the night.
Where the Terps strived on defense they turned that into points on the offensive end. The Terps offense was coming from all parts of the court as five players finished in double-digits.
The spreading of the love was in large thanks to Channise lewis, who tallied a career-high assists with 10. The Terps also racked up a season high 37 assists, which is the most in program history for both men and women.
“Each practice and getting better and getting more comfortable with all the plays,” Lewis said.
The whole squad scored at least two points on the night, which was only the second time every active player has scored this season. This included forward Stephanie Jones who shot a perfect 7 for 7 on the day, scoring 16 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
Blair Watson also shot lights out from downtown, scoring a career-high 24 points on the day, tying her career-high in 3-pointers made with 6. Sarah Myers also shot a career-high on the day with just eight points.
“[This game] definitely boosts my confidence and as we go into finals i’m going to work on my shot to get it even better for when we go into big ten play,” Watson said.
With career-highs and season-highs for a lot of the Terrapins, they will look to continue this hot streak and improve their win streak to nine wins when they travel to Baltimore to play Coppin State on December 20th.
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