Maryland senior Ieshia Small (1) looks for an open path past Rutgers freshman Tekia Mack (31). (Jesse Nash/The Left Bench)

Maryland ahead of Rutgers virtually the whole game en route to fourth straight win

In the Maryland’s annual Pink out game to support Breast cancer, the Terps took care of business handling Rutgers 88 to 60.  


Maryland (19-3, 8-1) seemed to be in control virtually the whole game, as they did not let the Scarlet Knights (17-7, 5-5) have the lead besides the first 12 seconds of the game.


The Terps started the game on a 16-4 run that they never looked back from. They started the game shooting 57.1% from the floor, which led to their 12 point lead at halftime.


Kaila Charles managed to do her thing once again as she led the team in scoring with 22 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.


“She’s always ready to play. I thought she settled us in early and then we can feed off of her poise and confidence.” Head coach Brenda Frese said. Charles was recently named a Cheryl Miller award finalist to the top Small forward in the game.


Five Terps ended up scoring in double figures including Kristen Confroy, who was perfect from the field, making 3 shots from beyond the arc. Confroy is currently third in the nation in three point field goal percentage.


One of the biggest takeaways from this game is the performance of Eleanna Christinaki, who for the third straight game scored in double figures and had a career high in assists with six.  


“There so many good players on our team which makes it even easier.” Christinaki said on her big assist night.


Maryland was also dominant in the paint, out rebounding the Scarlet Knights by 20, which was one of the biggest margins all season.


“I thought our rebounding was sensational tonight.” Frese said. The Terps also managed to out rebound them by 22 on the defensive end.


On the defensive end Maryland seemed to be handling one of the nation’s top scorers, Tyler Scaife, with ease. Brianna Fraser was the spark to the Terps proverbial fire on defense, as she came in attacking the paint and came up with with a team high four blocks.


Scaife scored a season low six points on the day and had her worst shooting performances of the year, shooting 20% from the field today.


The Terps never slowed down, even in the fourth quarter, going a 14-0 run in the final minutes of the game.


They shot an astounding 83.3% in just the fourth quarter, which is the best shooting percentage in a single quarter they have had all year.  


“I think collectively as our team i see us improving each and every game and each and every practice and i think we need to have that.” Coach Frese said.


Maryland has a long road stretch ahead of them as they do not return home for 2 weeks. Their first game of the stretch is Sunday, February 4th in Lincoln, when they take on Nebraska.


Tipoff is set for 3:00 pm.