by Max Marcilla (@MMarcilla98)
5: The No. 1 freshman class in the country got a chance to hit the hardwood for the Terps this month. Five freshmen—Kaila Charles, Sarah Myers, Destiny Slocum, Jenna Staiti, and Blair Watson—earned playing time in the exhibition games.
“When you look at our team, with six freshmen, being able to get a lot of minutes on the floor for them and for them to gain that type of experience is important,” head coach Brenda Frese said after Maryland’s win against Mary Baldwin.
82: The Terps dominated on the glass, out rebounding their opponents 107-25 in the two exhibition games—82 rebounds total. This ability to rebound is more likely to be a trend than an exception for Maryland, which led the conference in rebounding margin the last six years.
11: The Terps’ balanced offensive attack has been integral to the team’s two strong showcases. All 11 active Terrapins scored double digits in at least one of the exhibition games. Eight of the 11 Terps scored at least 20 points in the two games combined.
3.5: Maryland’s ball movement was stellar in its two wins. As a team, the Terps recorded 70 assists to just 20 turnovers, which is a tremendous 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
20.3: The Maryland Terrapins defense has been tremendous through the first two exhibition games, holding opponents to just 20.3 percent from the field. Bluefield State and Mary Baldwin combined to score just 44 points through 80 minutes of exhibition basketball.
Below is a chart comparing the Terps defensive efforts in the two exhibition games to their performance in last season’s 30-win season.