Maryland forward Brianna Fraser (34) scores off a free throw early against Rutgers. (Jesse Nash/The Left Bench)

Maryland picks up seventh straight win over Rutgers

With the Big Ten tournament less than three weeks away, the Terrapins are looking good rolling into March, picking up third straight road win at Rutgers 72-54

 

Maryland (22-3, 11-1) is riding a now seven game winning streak off the win, and seems to finally be adjusting to life without Blair Watson.

 

Five players for the Terps scored in double figures, including Ieshia Small who scored 10 points off the bench and shot a perfect 100% from the field. The Terps are still the only team in the country to have seven players averaging double figures.

 

One of the keys to the Terps success in this winning streak has been the emergence of transfer student Eleanna Christinaki. Christinaki led the team in scoring today with 18, as well as team high six rebounds.

 

Christinaki has been averaging 15 points and 6 rebounds in the winning streak and has provided to be a much needed offensive source for the Terps since the loss of star Blair Watson to an ACL injury.

 

Rutgers (18-9, 6-7)  seemed to be keeping it close early in the game, as they even had a 1 point lead towards the end of the first quarter.

 

But the second quarter was a huge turning point for the Terrapins as they held Rutgers to a bismal 3-20 shooting, as the Terps shot a game high 55% from the floor that quarter.

 

Rutgers couldn’t catch up and at one point was down by as many as 18. Their second quarter crumble seemed to put them in a hole that they couldnt dig out of.

 

The Rutgers offense runs through their star guard Tyler Scaife, who is averaging a team high 19.5 points. Scaife is currently 41st in the country in scoring.

 

However, much like the last time these two teams met, Scaife was limited in scoring, only racking up 10 points on less than 40% shooting.  

 

Maryland’s defense was huge in this game, as they forced Rutgers to commit 22 turnovers and had one of their season’s highest totals in steals with 13 on the day.

 

This was huge too, as for the second straight game they got out-rebounded and did not having much luck in the paint.

 

Maryland will have to step up its rebounding in their next game against Purdue, as they average 34 rebounds per game, which Maryland has not recorded in over three games

 

The Terps will battle Purdue Thursday February 15th, at the Xfinity Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.