The Maryland women’s basketball team showed their skill on both offense and defense Wednesday night, coming into Foggy Bottom and defeating George Washington, 69-30.
Maryland’s offense finished the night shooting 46 percent from the floor, and its defense stifled the Colonials consistently throughout the night, holding them to under 18 percent shooting.
Senior forward Brianna Fraser helped the Terps take a commanding lead in the first half, scoring 14 of her 16 points in the first two quarters alone.
The Terps earned the first two points of the night, after retaining possession of the ball with two offensive rebounds and a Kaila Charles layup. The junior guard finished the night with 12 points, the third-most of the team’s on the night.
George Washington’s senior forward Kelsi Mahoney put the Colonials on the board with a three, and then followed that up with another three in their next possession.
The two teams went back and forth scoring, and at the first media timeout, the Terps held an 11-8 lead. Early in the first quarter, the Terps started employing a full-court press on the Colonials, and it appeared to be working.
The Terps went on a 10-0 run after that and took an 18-8 lead to close out the first quarter. The Colonials would have to wait until there were about seven minutes left in the second quarter before they would score again with two free throws by freshman center Kayla Mokwuah.
The Terps went into the locker room with a 40-15 lead after a 22-point second quarter. Fraser and Charles led the Terps’ offense with 14 points and 12 points, respectively, in the first half, but it was not just the Terps’ offense that was making an impact.
Maryland’s defense held GW to 17.2 field goal percentage in the first half and 2-10 on three-point attempts. Meanwhile, the Terps were just shy of shooting 50 percent from the field at halftime.
It took just over two minutes into the third quarter for the Terps to score, as Mikesell laid one in to extend the Terps lead to 42-15, and they didn’t stop until the Colonials called a timeout with 4:20 left in the third. Maryland went on a 10-0 run to open up the second half, while GW could only make one three-point shot the entire quarter.
The fourth quarter told the same story as the other three, with Maryland’s offense and defense dominating the Colonials. Midway through the fourth quarter, freshman center Olivia Owens checked into the game and got her first points of the night only 20 seconds later.
Freshman forward Shakira Austin was making her presence known in the paint and had 12 offensive rebounds and eight points with three minutes to go in the fourth. Austin and junior Stephanie Jones led the team in rebounds, combining for 19, and Jones also added nine points to the Terps’ total.
The Terps out-rebounded the Colonials 55-37 and had a lot of help from their bench, who scored 28 of the team’s points.
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