Balanced Scoring Attack Leads Terps to Easy Victory in Season Opener

By Joe Foley

Seven players scored in double digits for Maryland, as they strolled to a 107-45 win over Mt. Saint Mary’s for their first win of the season.

The Terrapins jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, forcing a Mt. Saint Mary’s timeout only a couple minutes into the game. As Maryland head coach Brenda Frese explained, “We had tremendous energy coming out from the tip, and set the tone early.”

The Terps cruised past Mt. Saint Mary's in a 107-45 win. (Courtesy of UMTerps.com)
The Terps cruised past Mt. Saint Mary’s in a 107-45 win. (Courtesy of UMTerps.com)

Maryland didn’t look back, expanding their lead to 57-25 at the half, behind a team field goal percentage of 63.6%. Scoring came at ease for the Terps, especially on the inside. Maryland dominated the paint, where they outscored Mount 48-14, behind a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) from junior forward Tierney Pfriman. Malina Howard and Brionna Jones also combined for twenty points and eight rebounds.

Another impressive part of the victory was the Terps stifling defense, one that forced a total of twenty-nine turnovers. Maryland had a total of nine blocks and seventeen steals, which led to an abundant amount of fast break buckets. The Terrapins showed constant energy, with every available player getting at least thirteen minutes of action.

“Every player that came off the bench was ready to play”, said Frese. The bench was extremely solid, with every player scoring at least one basket in a complete team effort. The Terrapins bench outscored Mt. Saint Mary’s bench 58-15.

Maryland looks to continue moving in the right direction, as they face another NEC opponent in Wagner on Sunday. Tip-off from the Xfinity Center is at 2 p.m, and the game can be seen live on BTN Plus.

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